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Pimp Your Preferred Snack: Wedding Bars and Food Stations

Pimp Your Preferred Snack: Wedding Bars and Food Stations

Image via fieldsandskies.com.au

Image via fieldsandskies.com.au

When discussing wedding catering, it's fair to say that the days of your only decision regarding the wedding food being choosing whether to have chicken or beef are long gone. Instead, we've entered a crazy new culinary era, where DIY serving is on the up and personal food preferences are sky-rocketing in importance. May I introduce to you: The Bar or Station.

The idea is simple, yet brilliant. Instead of having a full and heavy sit down meal, why not have a serve-yourself buffet area that people can graze from continually instead? Buffets at weddings, you nod slowly, yes, these have been done before. But not in this way. I'm not talking trays of reheated chicken wings and plates of triangular sandwiches - you don't need a blog post to tell you that that's a catering possibility, do you really? What I'm talking about are themed buffet bars, which centre around one particular food. This way, you get to reflect your personal journey as a couple too. Why not choose your favourite takeaway cuisine, the style of your date night restaurant, or draw on any travels you've gone on and been taken particularly aback by? Anything from a bread and butter bar to a grill your own s'mores bar goes.

They're effortless to set up, too. Caterers are likely to offer this as a style option, in which case - Bob's your uncle, and he's going to eat loads of makeshift tacos. However, if you're going full DIY, it's still easy, so don't panic! The bar can be made from old trestle tables adorned with dining platters and hand-written signs: the look is slightly boho chic, thrown together as if you've just sat down at your grandma's table for a roast dinner for 12 and she's effortlessly prepared a full spread plus three puddings. You know, that kind of vibe? Plates and cutlery all slotted together with labels for each one look visually fabulous, alongside any extra decor adornments you may have - jars of flowers, for example. As for signage, this can easily be done by a calligrapher or a decor specialist - we recommend the amazing Suzanne Oddy, who's handlettering and sign making is out of this world - on a rustic pallet background, or on a bright matt painted background. If you're providing it all yourself, it's just really important to make sure you have someone on hand to keep the bar fully stocked once the hungry hands start (whether this is a guest who cursorily keeps their eye on it, or a paid member of staff who mans the stand, is up to you). With serve yourself style food, overestimating food portions per head is always a good idea - especially if you're providing loads of toppings!

Image via lifelinephotography.co.uk

Image via lifelinephotography.co.uk

Alternatively, use the bar idea as a replacement for a cake. If you'd rather not have a multi-tiered jobby, why not have a dessert station? Whether donuts are your jam or scones are more your style, every dessert lends itself well to a station style arrangement. Load up on toppings and sauces, and you're good to go.

We scoured Pinterest which is simply bursting with ideas to get your mind whirring on what kind of food you could serve station-style at your wedding. Here's a few:

  • Brownie Bar
  • Milk and Cookies Station
  • S'mores Station
  • French Fry Station
  • Pie Bar
  • Doughbar (Bread and Butter Station)
  • Cheese and Crackers Station
  • Antipasto Station
  • Scone Station
  • Pasta Station
  • Pretzel Bar
  • Mac n Cheese Bar
  • Taco Bar
  • Hot Chocolate Bar
  • Toffee Apple Bar

And why stop at food? Why not have a specific themed bar to get drinks from too? Instead of having one bar that spans different drinks, why not have set out stations for each type of refreshment? A Pimm's station with different fruits and cups, a bar with different barrels of beer hoisted at tap height, and a whiskey and cigar bar for the evening. Absolutely perfect. 

  • Gin Bar
  • Pimp Your Prosecco
  • Whiskey and Cigar
  • Barrel Bar
  • Cider Station
  • Pimm's Station
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My Pinterest Dream World

My Pinterest Dream World