Expert advice about catering

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Feast for the eyes

Feast for the eyes

Q. What catering would you suggest for my summer marquee wedding?

A. Nick Collins says: Our barbecue-style sharing platter has always been popular for marquee weddings; it's just the kind of food you want to eat in summer. However, we recently launched our summer feast menu, which ditches the traditional threecourse wedding breakfast in favour of a more contemporary offering.

Small plates of beautifully crafted Britishstyle sharing food comes out from the kitchen in a steady flow – like at Wagamama – and you can choose a number of dishes to include sweet options towards the end. You'll love the range, from pulled beef croquettes and crispy squid rings to truffled cheese arancini and homemade mini pies.

We often find with a classic sit-down meal that by the time dessert arrives lots of people are already up and mingling, which is not what you want to see when you've paid all that money! With the feast menu it keeps guests interested until the end.

Nick Collins,Cleverchefs


Food for thought

Food for thought

Q. How do we keep our catering relaxed and informal for our outdoor wedding?

A. Sam Knight says: For chilled-out al fresco weddings, we'd suggest an afternoon tea served on quirky vintage china. Tea stands in the middle of the tables are great ice-breakers to get people interacting. And who can turn down sumptuous homemade cakes and dainty finger sandwiches?

A fitting centrepiece for the day would be our lovingly restored gin horse box serving delicious gins paired with fruit and tonic combinations. Don't worry if you're not into gin, we stock most peoples' tipple.

As it starts to cool down in the evening, we recommend something warm and filling. Our country kitchen horse box is the perfect addition to serve up fresh street food over a few hours, allowing your guests to come and go as they please. We love to personalise the day to our couples by offering their favourite drink or dish.

Sam Knight,The Vintage Box Catering