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    • B2B2017
      CommentAuthorB2B2017
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Jun 16th 2014
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    my last post got me wondering and with more and more people swaying away from the traditional wedding breakfast what has everyone decided on for the day/evening and how much is it costing?

    Im *thinking* possibly a hog roast, stuffing, salads, potatoes etc for the day and a hot/cold buffet for the evening.

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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
      Got married 5 years ago
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    My OH and I have our wedding ceremony at 3pm and having a drinks reception/canapés as the "starter" afterwards and also during photos being taken. Then having a carvery sit down meal. Dessert won't be served but we are having a sweet buffet with a chocolate fountain in the evening with extra canapés for anyone wanting something savoury. The catering for carvery and canapés is under 1200 to cater for 60 covers plus £275 for fountain and sweet buffet.

    We did want a hog roast originally but the local caterers for that either weren't good quality or turned out to have hidden fee's for ridiculous things. Really disappointed but our chosen caterer is magic

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
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    We have gone traditional with ours, as we knew we wanted our reception in a specific hotel which could accommodate H2B's severely disabled sister, and that was the package offered. It will be a wedding breakfast at 4:00 followed by a buffet at about 9:00. We will probably serve some cake after the service while photos are being done, but not the wedding cake, that will be later.

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
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    Ours was traditional.

    We had welcome drinks and canapes when our guests arrived at the reception venue at 3pm after our church ceremony, then traditional 3 course wedding breakfast at 5pm ish followed by hog roast and salads, jacket pots, rolls etc. for the evening buffet.

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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jun 16th 2014
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    We're having:

    Selection of 4 canapes: baked figs wrapped in bacon; smoked haddock and mustard fishcakes; maguerita and pesto en croute; 4th TBC

    Wedding breakfast:

    Starter: choice of:

    melon with parma ham;
    stilton and red onion tart with port syrup;
    tomato soup

    Main: choice of:

    Hereford Angus sirloin steak with wilted spinach, sauteed potato and peppercorn sauce;
    Pot-roast breast of corn-fed chicken with a leek, mushroom and pancetta risotto and chicken veloute;
    Pan-seared salmon fillet with spring onion and herb crushed potatoes and white wine veloute;
    Spinach, wild mushroom and ricotta lasagne

    Dessert: choice of:

    Chocolate delice with fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis;
    Apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice-cream and apple crisp;
    Exotic fruit salad

    Evening buffet: TBC but 6 options which will likely include chicken pakora, lamb koftas, steak and red onion marmalde ciabatta rolls, and a selection of open baguettes (mainly with veggie options eg cheese and pickle, egg and cress, etc).

    Then we have a 4 tier cake plus a cutting cake with fruit, toffee, double chocolate, vanilla, raspberry jam and butter cream, and lemon, as well as a dozen gluten-free cupcakes.
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    • MrsCross2be
      CommentAuthorMrsCross2be
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jun 16th 2014
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    We are having canapes - chicken tikka brochettes, cheese and onion tartlets, cheeseburger crostinis and spring rolls with drinks.
    Wedding breakfast - butternut squash and sage soup, roast beef, chocolate orange torte, coffee with fondant fancies and tiddly pot favours.
    Evening- bacon and sausages barms, potato wedges and wedding cake (victoria, lemon or chocolate)
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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
      Got married 6 years ago
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    We are having a selection of canapés and pimms whilst the string quartet is playing during photos

    Then traditional 3 courses of starters: 3 cheese and pesto tartlet with garnish or pork pate with toasted brioche
    Mains: stuffed chicken wrapped in Parma ham or pork belly with veg accompaniments
    Desserts: a choice of 12 from a dessert table all cooked by a two Michelin starred caterer

    Evening the same caterer is doing hog roast with rolls,stuffing,apple sauce, mini cheese tarts,salad,coleslaws,pasta,potatoes and a fruit basket
    Also our wedding cake will be served in the evening of carrot cake,chocolate fudge brownie cake and lemon cake

    Food is costing £35pp including arrival drink and champagne toast for the day food and £5.95 pp for the evening food

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    • Clairebear67
      CommentAuthorClairebear67
      Got married 5 years ago
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    My fiance and I were thinking originally along the buffet route for our guests - weighed up costs and thought would be a cheaper option, however we have talked about this numerous times and we will not be having a huge wedding now, no more than 50 guests inclusive of wedding party so have decided would be nicer to have a sit down meal, not that there is anything wrong with a buffet just feel a sit down is more wedding..ey. The fun part now, sorting out what the courses will be.




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    • clairenina
      CommentAuthorclairenina
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jun 17th 2014
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    Our Breakfast is: c0ck a leekie soup, Passionfuit & Mango Sorbet, Chicken Supreme, Sherry Trifle
    Our Evening Buffet is: Scouse or Chicken Tikka
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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
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    Wow KelBel that's an awesome price! Whereabouts do you live?
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    • AH86
      CommentAuthorAH86
      Posted: Jun 17th 2014
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    We're having a pie and mash menu. Choice of pies with mash, mushy peas and gravy. Plus starte of evening prawn cocktail or leek and potato soup and dessert is bake well tart or Eton mess. In the evening we are having BBQ food without the BBQ.

    Drinks with the main meal are either wine or cider! :)

    This was my compromise with my mum as she wanted traditional and I wanted afternoon tea sit down. So non traditional 3 course meal oh and cheese boards to end!

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    • GemmaR81
      CommentAuthorGemmaR81
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jun 17th 2014
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    We are having soup for starter and steak pie for main, we are catering for my mums partner who can be fussy. We are getting this for £9 a head. Then buffet in the evening xxx




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    • RachelE118
      CommentAuthorRachelE118
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Jun 17th 2014
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    Afternoon tea and Pimms for 60 daytime. It's being brought to the tables so it is a sit down in a way. Then evening is a hog roast for 140 with loads of salads etc...., mini cup cakes, the wedding cake and a sweetie table.
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    • *KelBel*
      CommentAuthor*KelBel*
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    I live in humberside just outside hull but over the river from there , and that price is top end for here most wedding sit down meals are around £20pp so ppl get packages for around £1600, ours is costing around £3300 just for food and drink x

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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
      Got married 6 years ago
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    I guessed you might be from the North. We're paying £56pp for the day (4 x canapes then the 3 course meal as above) and then £17.50pp for the evening (selection of 6 items); I actually thought ours was pretty cheap compared to other venues we looked at, esp as the quality is very good and they've been so accommodating with allowing everyone choices! Our food comes in at a whopping £4.5k and that's for just 63 for the day and 90 for the evening! :-s

    The South is VERY expensive lol.
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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
      Got married 6 years ago
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    I'm in the north east and our day guests are £45 per head and evening buffet £12.00? Our package has 50 day guests and the same 50 for their buffet with use of full castle grounds and we get our bridal suite etc for £3100. We have lots of extra heads though and room hire for the ceremony so coming to a lot more than the package cost.

    We get the basic buffet option for those 50 people which is sausage and bacon baps. For the extra 50 evening heads were mixing it up and going for a different option which includes dips, wedges etc. so I'll have the same mount of food but a bigger choice to spread

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    • leasa
      CommentAuthorleasa
      Got married 6 years ago
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    London even more, mine is £73 per person, arrival drink (no canapes) 3 course dinner, and evening buffet. Just under £9000 for 80 people. And that was quite a cheap option for the area! One veue wanted nearly that before the food was added!!!

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    • JennK
      CommentAuthorJennK
      Got married 5 years ago
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    Mine is 89pp and we are going for the cheapest package! The 5* hotel I initially had as my dream venue the cheapest package started at 180pp, gulp! Good advertising for the south east ;)

    Anyway food options we have gone for goats cheese tart for starter, roast chicken for main, chocolate mousse for dessert. Plus there will me alternatives for veggie/coeliac/gluten free people :) keeping it simple really.

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    • CharlieBe-Cool
      CommentAuthorCharlieBe-Cool
      Posted: Jun 17th 2014
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    We're having a selection of 4 canapés during photos.

    Traditional 3 course meal being:
    Starters: Home made tomato soup or smoked salmon salad
    Mains: Chicken supreme with mushroom sauce and veg or roast beef with trimmings or vegetarian tart
    Desserts: assiette of mini vanilla cheesecake, chocolate sponge with sauce and shortbread biscuits with strawberries or profiteroles.

    Evening buffet will be bacon baps, mini fish and chip cones, chip cones and curry sauce/cheese toppings.

    We wanted grub we would eat ourselves!!!

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    • Mrs W..2B..X
      CommentAuthorMrs W..2B..X
      Got married 5 years ago
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    We are having a hot buffet. After attending a friends wedding and hardly touching a thing on my plate it made more sense. not everyone is going to like the same thing so I don't want to waste my money on food that may not get eaten. I also don't want my guests going hungry. We are having a mix of Italian and south American food so there is something for everyone. its half the cost too which is always a bonus. =]

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    • almost a year wife!!
      CommentAuthoralmost a year wife!!
      Got married 7 years ago
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    Daytime we had:

    Cream of lettuce soup with garlic croutons and bread
    Chicken in Parma ham, seasonal veg and new and roast pots
    Strawberries, profiteroles, meringue and pouring cream

    Nighttime:

    Chicken curry
    Steak and ale cobbler
    Pasta dish
    Pork loin hog roast style
    Salad
    Breads
    Dip
    Wedges
    Samosas
    Onion bhajiis
    Garlic bread

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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
      Got married 6 years ago
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    LeasaD and MrsKirby: is that excluding drinks?! If so that's crazy!
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
      Got married 5 years ago
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    I just read that as well barbie... Mine is only £20 a head inc canapes and not inc drinks which we're going through the venue for with a local winery at a buy and return basis. 9k is about 85-90% of our overall estimate for total cost for everything. Blimey.

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    • NSW1
      CommentAuthorNSW1
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Jun 17th 2014
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    We are having fish and chips followed by a dessert

    Evening - we are doing a buffet




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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
      Got married 6 years ago
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    Victoria: we're spending about £9k on food and drink, for 63 day guests and 90 evening. Which is fairly steep even where we live! So £80 pp just for food seems really high to me!

    That said, we looked at a lot of venues with flat rate/package charge of like £150/160 pp. They tried to go on about how it included venue hire, red carpets, etc, but basically you were paying that for food and drink; and not much at that! Ours is pretty good in that everything is separate, to an extent: we have a £6k minimum spend on food and drink but it's very flexible beyond that, inc being able to offer guests lots of choices for the sit-down meal.
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
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    Maybe it's just because where we live things might be cheaper I'm not sure but I'm just blown away by the 9k cost for you guys. But also we're having an informal set up with canapé starters then carvery meal and dessert being sweet buffet and fountain later

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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
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    London and the South East is pricey; about half our food and drink cost is going on alcohol, and that's because we're putting £2.5k behind the bar (the drinks for the day are 'only' costing £36 pp (2 welcome drinks; 1/2 bottle wine; 1 glass champagne). I thought our food costs were pretty good though (£6 pp for 4 canapes; £50pp for 3 course meal with choices) until I saw the prices on here!

    That said as I said some venues were charging £160pp for what was essentially just food and drink; they acted like they included extras but those extras were negligible.
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
      Got married 5 years ago
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    Ah see we're only paying for welcome drinks and table wine for carvery that's it.

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    • MillieT
      CommentAuthorMillieT
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jun 18th 2014
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    Wow! I feel incredibly lucky.... we are paying £4500.00 and that includes:

    Venue Hire
    Welcome drinks
    Buffet for 100 day guests
    Evening buffet (burgers, hot dogs, chips) for an extra 70 people
    Tables, chairs, linen, chair covers with bows, cutlery, crockery, and staff
    1/2 bottle of wine per person on tables
    Orange Juice for kiddies
    Glass of Fizz for toasting

    We also have a marquee, but we are very lucky that we don't have to pay for it as its my uncles!! very kindly giving us a freebie!!!

    I do live on the south coast, so things are quite a bit cheaper then London! :-)
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    • LindsayE94
      CommentAuthorLindsayE94
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Jun 18th 2014
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    We're having a choice of three canapés and drink while photos etc ceremony at 3pm
    Mini chicken skewers with sweet chilli sauce
    Wild mushroom & chives croutes
    Tune, chilli, lemon & coriander

    Three course meal;
    Chicken & chorizo rocket salad with saffron aioli
    Veg TBC

    Main
    Slow roast daube of beef with Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings
    Veg: goats cheese Wellington with veg

    Pudding
    Citrus tart with berry sorbet

    Then 7 choices for Buffett at the evening do
    Mini burgers
    Potatoes wedges & garlic mayo
    Lemon & chilli lamb skewers
    Mini margarita pizzas
    Cheese & garlic dough balls
    Selection do sandwiches
    Selection of salads

    Then menu for me will be slightly different as I have to eat a wheat and gluten free diet.

    We're paying £4370 for 60 adult guests & 100 evening guests. We've got 7 kids coming which will be additional we're in South Yorkshire

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    • Joanna
      CommentAuthorJoanna
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Jun 18th 2014
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    Everyone's food sounds so delicious!

    I'm shocked at how expensive food can be though, especially down south and in London. We had a 3 course meal with coffee/tea, then a large buffet including items like mini burgers, wraps, wedges etc. We spent £2000 for our package which included all the food, venue hire, bridal suite, table linen, red carpet etc.

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