It’s hard to think of a more challenging time to have a wedding than in the middle of a pandemic. However, love waits for no one. If your clients decided to proceed with the big day, it’s time to think about the practicalities of your clients’ special day. Hygiene measures, of course, such as providing hand sanitizers and ensuring there is enough space for social distancing according to the current regulations, should be observed.
Once you’ve finished with the Covid-19 rules, an essential and much more interesting question remains – what shall my clients feed their guests? Wedding catering may be slightly different from the usual. However, there are still many ways you can cater delicious meals for your clients’ family and friends.
Pre-Plated Appetizers and Hors D’oeuvres
Instead of passing around trays of appetizers, which isn’t ideal from a hygiene perspective in these times, many caterers are offering bespoke individual plates of appetizers for guests. Many guests prefer this as it’s an efficient way of catering to dietary requirements. It’s often easy for guests to miss out on certain delicacies when the platters are passed around. Pre-plated appetizers work well with traditional canapes, such as smoked salmon blinis or cheese and charcuterie platters. You could also similarly serve sweet treats like brownies with fresh raspberries.
Jazz up the plated meal
Plated meals may seem a bit dull, but there are many ways to make them more exciting. For a garden wedding at home, you can cater a menu for barbecues that is slightly more decadent than usual – maybe offering lobster rolls rather than burgers and sausages. If your clients’ venue is in a barn or countryside venue, why not opt for a picnic and arrange for the guests’ meals to be served in cute individual picnic baskets? These would also make lovely wedding decors.
Creative seating tables
Suggest to seat guests with their families or travel friends. It involves some work in advance with seating plants and table sizes but will make everyone feel safe and comfortable. You don’t have to abandon family-style dining completely. If the guests are seated at bistro-style tables, you can serve people in the same bubble with family-style meals. The overall vibe would be the same as a restaurant where platter sizes are smaller but would still give everyone the chance to try several dishes.
White cardboard boxes are environmentally friendly and a hygienic way of serving food – and it gives you the chance to get creative with your catering options. Ask for your clients’ favorite cuisine as a starting point: Mexican, Indian, and Chinese – the world’s their oyster. The guests can relax knowing that their food is served in a closed container and that no one has breathed on or touched it.
Pretty party bags
Send your clients’ guests home with a delicious treat, such as freshly made cookies or bags of old-fashioned sweets, to reduce the amount of on-site catering. If your client is committed to a traditional wedding cake, use the conventional cardboard boxes to give everyone a slice at the end of the day.