We’re thrilled to announce that this week we won “Best Wedding Design Service 2019 – South of England” in the Global Wedding Awards. Woo hoo! We often get lovely feedback from our brides and grooms, but we also love it when our hard work is recognised within the industry.

This month has been focussed on barn weddings. If you want your wedding day to flow seamlessly, we recommend tying in all elements of your day back to your overall theme. Your choice of catering will always be dependent on your food preferences however we have some great choices that will ensure your food matches the theme and feel of your day.

If you want a rustic chilled out wedding, then forcing guests to sit down for a tightly timed 3 course meal may not be the best choice to create that vibe. Instead, opt for food vans, DIY picnic baskets, grazing tables or grazing centre pieces. Or why not ask your guests to join in on the latest “Wedding Bake Off” trend that we are seeing

Food vans

Food vans are a great way of creating a relaxed vibe at your wedding. Perfect for both festival themes and rustic, barn weddings.

Some our favourite local food vans include Gastro Catering,

Gastro Catering  / Photo via Gastro Catering Facebook 

and Fire-n-Crust.

Fire-n-Crust at Gote Barn / Lighting, draping, styling and on-the-day-coordination by Not You Average I Do / Photography by SMP Weddings

Nothing says rustic more than a wood-fired pizza. And why not choose to personalise them for your big day, pick your favourite pizza toppings and name them after the places you’ve visited.

Fire-n-Crust at Gote Barn / Lighting, draping, styling and on-the-day-coordination by Not You Average I Do / Photography by SMP Weddings

Why not have a vintage ice cream truck arrive to your barn for your guests to enjoy a memorable and cool pud (no pun intended!) No sound instils more excitement and joy in the British people then the sound of an ice cream van approaching.

The Great Wedding Bake Off (GWBO)

This has become an increasing trend since GBBO first launched in 2010. Ask your guests to whip up a storm and bring a cake or baked goodie for the table.

Dessert table at Gote Barn / Lighting, draping, styling and on-the-day-coordination by Not You Average I Do / Photography by SMP Weddings 

This takes the pressure off you organising a dessert and is a fun way for your guests to feel involved in the wedding. Offer a prize to encourage guests to join in on the fun!

Homemade dessert at Gote Barn / Lighting, draping, styling and on-the-day-coordination by Not You Average I Do / Photography by SMP Weddings  

Picnic baskets

Wedding picnic basket via Rock My Wedding 

If you’re on a budget and have the time, effort and supply of LOTS of picnic baskets then think about doing DIY picnic baskets for your guests. You can have one between 2 or one on every table filled with classic picnic goodies such as scotch eggs, sandwiches, cheese and wine. Nothing says British relaxation like a good old-fashioned picnic.

Wedding picnic basket via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

If you choose to go for DIY picnic boxes, it’s a great opportunity to put your own stamp on the offerings. Make jams or chutneys yourself; or let your mum or mother-in-law help out.

Homemade jams via Rock My Wedding 

Grazing Tables

Grazing table by Boxed Weddings at the Yoghurt Rooms / Glassware by Harriet’s Table / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Teri V Photography 

We appreciate grazing tables aren’t for everybody, but personally, the team here at NYA HQ are loving this newest trend. Grazing tables are the modern twist on a buffet, and much more beautiful! They are a piece of work made to look tantalising for your guests.

Grazing table via Green Wedding Shoes 

Grazing tables provide a relaxed and sociable feel to your wedding as guests are encouraged to graze on food while getting to know the person next to them.

Stunning grazing table via Tara Milk Tea 

Choose a food theme such as Italian or Greek, or simply style your grazing table with a theme such as tropical or boho. Get in touch if you’re going DIY as we’d love to help with styling ideas and props.

Tropical grazing table via Your Platter Matters 

Boho grazing table by Boxed Weddings at the Yoghurt Rooms / Glassware by Harriet’s Table / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Photography by Teri V Photography 

Grazing centre pieces

Turn your table centres into visual food masterpieces. Grazing centre pieces create a showstopping dining experience for you and your guests. It brings people together as they eat, chat and get to know one another.

Festival feel table centre by Boxed Weddings 

Supplier Feature – Boxed Weddings

Boxed Weddings is a collective of three women on the Sussex coast with three individual passions which have collided beautifully to bring you decorated feasting boxes for your special day.

Table centre feasting box by Boxed Weddings 

Boxed Weddings use apple crates to display their artisan food. Each box is unique, bespoke and tailed to each couple’s individual style and taste.

Table centre piece by Boxed Weddings at the Yoghurt Rooms / Crockery and glassware by Harriet’s Table / Styling by Not Your Average I Do / Floral Installation by Not Your Average Flowers / Photography by Teri V Photography 

The perfect ‘Not Your Average’ catering choice that is sure to WOW your guests and leave them talking about your wedding long after the band have played their last song!

Boxed Weddings table centres are the perfect choice for a relaxed vibe at your wedding

Becky from Boxed Weddings is a trained patisserie chef. At a recent photoshoot we were wowed by her peaches made of biscuit, dipped in peach liqueur and dusted intricately with food colouring. They looked uncannily like peaches but tasted slightly more decadent than your standard peach!

Esther from Boxed Weddings has gained a vast amount of foodie knowledge, some great contacts and baking experience from her varied background working beside delis, charcutiers, butchers and restaurants.

Sam from Boxed Weddings has a gardening background and uses foraged and locally sourced flowers and foliage to decorate their stunning grazing boxes.

They’re a great team who produce some showstopping, jaw dropping culinary delights!

This bank holiday weekend I’m lucky enough to be a guest at Buxted Park Hotel in West Sussex. You’ll be able to find me on the dancefloor with a glass of champers in hand. I’ll also have my little notebook on me, as next month’s blogs are all about English Country Weddings, and this is the perfect venue for some inspiration!

Have a lovely weekend planning and do get in touch if you’d like us to bring your ideas to life.

Becky

Head Stylist at Not Your Average I Do