Our Wedding Food (Canapes, Main Meal & Evening Buffet)

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One of the most expensive parts of our wedding day was the catering. We found a venue that allowed us to have our own caterers, which was ideal for us, as we had several guests with dietary requirements including vegetarians, kosher, vegans and fussy eaters!

We decided to have a cold fork buffet as the main meal which we felt would give every one choice, and it felt less formal than a 3 course sit down dinner.

After phoning several caterers, we decided to use a company called Magpie Catering, who were not only friendly and very helpful, but also had a great choice of options for the buffet, as well as some fantastic canape choices too. We had gone to a wedding show and had sampled some teeny tiny hamburger canapes. I think mini food is so cute, and we knew we would want canapes at our wedding to tide people over in the time between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.

Originally, for the evening buffet, we were going to have a bagel bar, but after working out numbers and costs, it proved to be a little bit too over our food budget, so that idea was scrapped in favour of a traditional buffet.

The Cold Fork Buffet

For our main meal, we chose several cold cuts including turkey, beef and poachedsalmon. There was also vegetarian quiche along with a selection of salads, new potatoes and condiments.

Guests were invited table by table to go to the buffet, where the staff served them. As the top table, we were waited on, and I didn’t actually see the buffet until the photos!

Before our wedding, Magpie invited us to a tasting, where we would be able to sample our chosen canapes.

These photos below are from our tasting session, and my photography skills back there were not on point! I cannot subject you to such horrors, so I’m using some stock photography instead.

To be honest with you, we were so busy having our photos taken during the time the canapes were being served, I didn’t even see a thing! My only instruction was to my bridesmaids to grab me a mini burger! We paid £2 each for those bad boys so I wanted to make sure I sampled one on our wedding day!

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bites
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Mini Fish & Chips
Mini Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream
Vegetable Samosas
Chicken Satay
Mini Cheeseburgers

We were also able to taste our desserts. We decided to have a trio of desserts: lemon cheesecake, apple pie, and chocolate brownie.

What I loved about Magpie was that their food was made from scratch, and looked homemade. (With the exception of some of the canapes, which were obviously pre-bought.)

Mini Apple Pies
Lemon Cheesecake
Chocolate Brownie

I of course made menus to go on each table, that matched the rest of our wedding stationery.

For drinks during the meal, we were able to provide our own selection of wines and soft drinks, and we didn’t have to pay corkage either. Our house looked like an off-license in the weeks leading to the wedding!

As I mentioned earlier, we also had an evening buffet for the extra evening guests, but no photos exist of this I’m afraid. I did briefly see the buffet before it was devoured – but I can’t even remember what we had on it! The food went very quickly, and I think we actually under-catered for this, which was a shame, as several people mentioned (after the event) that they didn’t even get a look in!

On the whole, our catering staff were wonderful. They provided a great service and tasty food, and I would highly recommend Magpie Catering.


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