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key elements of wedding breakfast

Key Elements of The Wedding Breakfast

Why is it called a wedding breakfast?

The term “wedding breakfast” is derived from the old English expression of breaking the fast. Weddings were traditionally held in the morning in the early 1800s when the ceremony would take place very early and guests would not eat beforehand. In those days it really was their breakfast.  Although it is unclear why this term is still used today when the actual meaning has long since been forgotten, perhaps it has endured because just as breakfast is the first meal of the day, the wedding breakfast is the first meal of the bride and groom’s married life.

What should I wear for a wedding breakfast?

The wedding breakfast normally follows the ceremony and drinks reception so the ladies will be wearing their finest dress, and the gents will be suited and booted. Sometimes the bride will have a different wedding dress for the ceremony and the wedding breakfast to make the meal more comfortable, but most brides wear the same wedding dress for the whole wedding day.

What is the difference between a wedding breakfast and wedding reception?

Despite being called a breakfast, most wedding breakfasts can occur at any time throughout the day. Breakfast, in wedding terms, is simply the first meal that follows the wedding ceremony for the newly married bride and groom. The whole wedding party sit down and celebrate the bride and groom’s first meal together and share stories about the couple.

The wedding reception refers to the entire celebration following the marriage. Usually after the meal the bride and groom will share their first dance together surrounded by their guests before everyone joins in and the evening’s revelling begins.

Do you have to have a wedding breakfast?

Although it is not required, a wedding breakfast is a nice way to start off your reception. It gives everyone a chance to relax and enjoy a sit-down meal before the dancing and partying begin. Plus, it can be a lot of fun to plan!

What kind of food is served at a wedding breakfast?

No two wedding breakfasts are the same. They are an opportunity for the bride and groom to get creative and personalise the food to their taste. Normally they are a three-course meal, but this can vary depending on the time of day and how long the reception will be but they are usually finished off with lots of champagne and speeches from the wedding party.

However, there are some classic wedding breakfast dishes that are always a hit with guests. Some popular ideas include:

* Three course sit-down meal

* Serve-to-table food buffet

* Banquet-style hog roast

* Formal afternoon tea

Of course, you can also serve a variety of beverages, including champagne, wine, and mimosas. No matter what you choose to serve, we will make sure that it is something that your guests will enjoy. There are also many fun foodie add-ons – everything from a doughnut wall to a popcorn station, and a buffet is the usual choice for later in the evening especially if there are more guests arriving then.

What time is the wedding breakfast usually served?

On most wedding days, it is usual to have the wedding breakfast at around 4 pm or slightly later – depending on the day’s schedule. The beautiful thing about weddings at Cambridge Marina is that every wedding day is different. So, whether you would like a festival style celebration or a more traditional reception, we will ensure the smooth running of the day and create a wedding to match your dreams and aspirations.

What is a typical wedding day schedule?

Most weddings at Cambridge Marina follow a typical schedule, which runs to timings similar to these:

Drinks reception –  Straight after the ceremony, mingling on the terrace

Wedding breakfast – Two hours after the ceremony, guests seated at round tables

Evening reception –  Two hours after the wedding breakfast starts

First dance –  1 hour after the evening reception starts

Of course, this is just a general guideline – your wedding day schedule will be customised to suit your specific wishes. We have worked with some of the best catering companies in the business and can introduce you to our preferred suppliers or work with a company of your choosing. Whatever you choose for your wedding breakfast our experienced wedding co-ordinators will be with you every step of the way and throughout the day.

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