Congratulations! You’re getting married!
Planning your wedding day is one of the most exciting times of your life.
Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most stressful. From finding the perfect dress, to deciding on the invite list; making sure the bridal party is prepared, to catering to everyone’s dietary requirements. Stressful!
There are many aspects of a wedding you can’t control, such as the weather and how much fun people have.
But Gathar founder and CEO Jodie Mlikota says you can control what you do on the day, and the environment you provide for guests. This includes the food you offer.
“Wedding food doesn’t generally have the best reputation,” she says, “so if you want to truly “wow” your wedding guests, step things up a notch.
“Go for food options that are a little bit fun, while at the same time being delicious.”
Gathar makes it easy for you to prepare for your wedding, with a host of chefs and cooks on hand to cater to every palette. From seafood to tapas, cheeses and desserts to mouthwatering roasts, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re finding it hard to come up with wedding food ideas on your own, the following options are guaranteed to satisfy.
“It’s imperative that you start your wedding feast off with delicious dishes that are designed to tempt all taste buds,” Jodie says.
She suggests starting with an enticing entrée that is guaranteed to please. Have plenty of options if you can or choose from some favourites.
“Simple, yet delicious, options include rare Australian grass-fed beef or Tasmanian salmon; freshly shucked oysters, marinated olives, or you could even go for something as easy as meatballs,” she says.
“When it comes to starters, you want to have enough options so you can please the entire guest list – the meat lovers, seafood fanatics, and the vegetarians! A grazing table is also a great way to provide plenty of variety.”
If you want to skip through the sit downs and enjoy a cocktail style wedding reception, tapas is a fantastic alternative with choices to suit everyone.
According to Jodie, tapas provides guests with an abundance of flavours that are guaranteed to impress even the most discerning culinarian.
“You can enjoy everything with tapas – from seared duck to salt and pepper tofu, truffle to chicken wings, lamb cutlets to prawn cocktails – the options are endless.”
The mains at a wedding reception don’t have to be complex, but they do need to be delicious. They’re like a centrepiece, they need to stand out as they’re often talked about for years to come.
Choosing a main meal for your wedding, Gathar co-founder Nicky Jurd says you can cater to every taste and season
“If you’re having a summer wedding, your guests probably won’t want to be dining on big plates of searing hot soup.
“Stick to meal types that work for the weather or choose something that is suitable all year round.”
Nicky says filling options are guaranteed to keep guests satisfied, and there’s a huge variety of meal types you can choose from.
“Spaghetti is an old favourite and its filling. Rather than traditional mince, opt for some clams and capers instead. Yum!”
She says other great main options include risotto, whole marinated fish, pork loin, duck and eye fillet – always sure to please.
When planning wedding catering, dessert is the most overlooked item, with the belief that the wedding cake serves this purpose. It doesn’t have to though, and there are actually some great extra options for an easy dessert that will please adults as much as kids.
Jodie offers the following advice:
“Why not try a delicious crème brulee whipped up by one of the best chefs in the country? Or add some zest with fresh lemon ciambella cake, white chocolate tiramisu, rosewater catalan, or flourless chocolate torte.”Jodie and Nicky both agree that it doesn’t matter whether you’re catering to 10 people or 100, there are plenty of fun food options that are guaranteed to impress – as long as you’re prepared. Gathar can help you get there. Simply check out the website and choose an option to suit.