Wedding Catering – Formal or Informal, What’s Your Choice?

You are planning your wedding day and one of the first considerations is your wedding catering. What are you going to EAT?  One of the great joys of a marquee wedding is that you get to choose everything. Celebrating with family and friends and enjoying some lovely food and drink is a major part of the day.

Over the years we have found a full range of amazing caterers. We work with some superbly creative and talented businesses that produce wholesome, delicious menus using local produce. What’s incredible is that they can do it all from a remote location in a field – amazing!

So what’s it going to be…

Formal Wedding Catering

Weddings are the ultimate gathering with all ages coming together. This means you may feel your catering also needs to span the generations as well.  ‘Sit down’ more formal meals, with service to the table, are a real celebration and treat. They give your guests time to relax and enjoy their meal before the more lively celebrations in the evening.  However, if this feels a little dated for your liking, it really doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of menu options, like sharing platters or 5 Course taster menus that give the ambiance of a sit down meal but with a more modern twist.  Our advice is to choose experienced outdoor wedding caterers who will be able to guide, offer ideas and possibly taster sessions.


Wedding Catering - Hatch Marquee Hire
Photo: Nova Wedding Photography

Informal Wedding Catering

Does the thought of being seated for a 3 course meal have you wriggling in your seat? Perhaps you have a lot of young children to cater for? Or maybe you don’t want to be worried about the politics of a tricky seating plan?  Then an informal style of food service may be a great idea for your day.

Informal wedding catering spans a whole multitude of options from buffets, bbqs, hog roasts, paellas and much more.   They can be served buffet style with seated dining for guests. This provides the informality of the food whilst still giving guests somewhere to relax and enjoy their meal.

Wedding Catering

Photo: Nick Reader Photography

Alternatively for a more rustic festival approach you could opt for outside catering straight from a stand/van like a hog roast, wood fired pizzas, fish and chips or a range of street food. It’s a sociable way to cater and allows guests to mingle, creating a very chilled, informal event.

Wedding Catering - Hatch Marquee Hire

Photo: James Darling Photography

I guess we have probably just scratched the surface as to what is available.  With a wedding marquee it is your choice, ‘anything goes’! Our advice would be to do a bit of research and get recommendations if possible. If you would like a little direction from us, take a look at our ‘Recommended Suppliers’ listing on our website which details many of the caterers we have worked with and would definitely recommend.

Whatever you decided, enjoy choosing and we are sure you can look forward to a wonderful celebratory feast!

For more information about marquee complete our contact form and we will send you some further information on marquee hire in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or West Dorset to get you started.  Happy Planning!

For even more ideas on decorating wedding marquees take a look at our pinterest  pages – there are a load of pictures just waiting to inspire you!



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Jon Green

Jon has been a director/owner of Hatch Marquee Hire since 2013 and previously was a marquee rigger for the company. So when it comes to marquee weddings, from working with clients to plan their ideal layout, to managing the operational side of installing a marquee, there isn’t really anything that Jon hasn’t experienced. Having said that, he is always up for a challenge! With his in-depth knowledge he is in the perfect position to provide give guidance and advice on anything marquee and wedding related.

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