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FAQs and expert advice about catering

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhampshiredorset.wedding

Food for thought

Food for thought

Q We're having a relaxed and informal wedding and, as we're both real foodies, we would love to wow our guests with a tasty menu. What do you suggest?
A Sally Pickles says: Even if you're having a relaxed and informal wedding, you can still wow your guest with a tasty menu. For a relaxing start to the day, opt for canapés as a roving grazing starter and skip the traditional plated options – just make sure to have extra choices for guests. Mini-charcuterie cones are the way to go, just add olives plus bocconcini and you're good to go!

Sharing-style food makes for a very relaxed main course. So, something like a rump of lamb with a kale salsa verde complemented with bowls of vibrant salads on each table for all to share will always be a winner. Add a few dips and handmade bread – you can't go wrong.

For the dessert, a selection of cute colourful mini pots means your guest can mix and match anything from a lemon posset to a lime and ginger cheesecake. Either set up a dessert station or place them on boards on the tables.

Sally Pickles, Vanilla Catering & Events

What's cooking?

What's cooking?

Q We're having a relaxed and informal wedding and we would love to wow our guests with a tasty barbecue. What advice can you share with us?
A Sayed Soliman says: I believe choice, variety and quality are the key points to consider when creating a tasty menu.

Include an additional barbecue if you're having a hog roast with stuffing, pork crackling, chipolatas, chicken, bacon, veggie platters and halloumi sticks. It's worth paying a bit extra to upgrade to Angus steak burgers, butcher quality sausages and filo king prawns.

Give vegetarians a good variety and incorporate an adjoining accompanying buffet serving a variety of salads, cheese boards, breads, and carrot sticks to give your guests options. All sauces, condiments and disposables should offer a variety and be easily accessible.

Sayed Soliman, Mobile BBQ & Catering

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