Having your reception in a marquee and in need of a bar? Thankfully mobile bars are now a thing, and you can add a little vintage charm to your wedding with companies such as Nickynoo’s Quirky Mobile Bars (www.nickynoo.co.uk). With three shabby-chic and vintage styles to choose from – available to hire across the North East – bring the bar to you and indulge in delicious drinks like Elderflower Fizz or Raspberry Mojito, and they also offer non-alcoholic beverages which are just as tasty.
Hear us out. You don’t have to go completely tee-total all evening, but having a selection of alcohol-free beverages can provide a refreshingly different reception. You can go sweet and retro with milkshakes and striped candy straws served with cookies, pitchers of homemade lemonade garnished with mint and lots of fruit would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding, or rent a hot drinks van so adults can get their caffeine hit and kids can indulge in a sumptuous hot chocolate.
Sitting down for a three-course meal is so last year. Try ordering some bountiful sharing boards for your guests, which look amazing (very important for your Instagram wedding hashtag) and taste incredible. Graze & Gorge are a new company that will do all the prepping, chopping and styling for you (check out www.grazeandgorge.co.uk) so what arrives at your wedding is pure, ready-to-eat deliciousness. Think fresh fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, cheese, and of course some sweet treats for afters.
The amount of new food trucks available for wedding hire means that whatever your taste, there’s bound to be a pop-up perfect for you. Fire & Dough (www.fireanddoughpizza.co.uk) are already hugely popular for weddings across the North East, and with good reason. Using fresh, tasty ingredients, Ross and John serve up traditional, wood-fired pizzas from their vintage horse box. With each pizza taking only 60–90 seconds to cook, the boys can produce up to 70 an hour, so you can be sure your guests won’t go hungry.
For an elegant approach, consider towers of macarons. The rainbow of colours available for these French delicacies will be sure to wow your guests, and you can get them in every flavour imaginable.
Not got a sweet tooth? You can now get stunning, savoury centrepiece cakes – think huge wheels of cheese, layered pork pies, or, if you’re feeling really brave, a sushi stack. They can look just as appetising as a traditional cake with plenty of fresh produce to garnish – but we’d still stock up on cupcakes to cater for those guests who have a sweet tooth. There are loads of options for savoury celebration cakes, but you can go local with The Cheese Shop, Morpeth.
You can mix and match flavours and go as wild as you like with bubblegum and candy floss, or keep it classic with jam or glazed. Whatever you choose, it will provide a delicious and easy-to-grab dessert for your guests.
Add a little rustic charm to your big day with an ice cream stand that will delight young and old guests alike. There are tonnes of companies you can hire who will bring the sweet cold treats to your big day, providing everything from your favourite classic flavours like strawberry and mint, to those flavours that are a little more out-there such as liquorice and bubblegum. Whatever you choose, ice cream will always be a hit with the guests, even if you don’t get the sunny weather to go with it!