We are delighted to work with Indulgence Boutique Hospitality – our bespoke caterer. They are a perfect fit for Caswell House and share our passion for excellence.
We are thrilled that they are our guest bloggers this month and Jo Robinson, co-owner of Indulgence with Anthony Robinson, shares her expertise and top tips on what makes a fabulous wedding when it comes down to food and catering at Caswell House.
Top Tip 1: Themes and Styles
Many couples have a theme and style in mind when it comes to their wedding. From vintage to classic, rustic to timeless elegance, through to the more specific on-trend design such as birds and butterflies, the beach, secret gardens or gorgeous greenery. The team at Indulgence love to hear your ideas, and we work with you to bring them to life through the dishes we create.
If you are looking for a relaxed and informal wedding breakfast why not consider sharing boards or platters which are a lovely way to get family and friends chatting to each other as the boards are passed around.
If you desire the more traditional, elegant approach we suggest fine dining which brings a sense of formality to the occasion. Each guest is individually served a plated meal, typically with 3 courses, or for a twist we suggest a 5 course ‘taster menu’ more in vogue whilst keeping the grand ambience. For that extra talking point you can wow your guests with an amuse bouche – which can be created to mirror your theme beautifully.
Top Tip 2: Your Food Loves
It is perfectly natural to spend time thinking about how best to accommodate your guests.
When it comes to food choice we suggest you start by thinking about the style of wedding and the food that you love (or don’t) and chat them through with us so that when we create menu ideas they reflect your personality and food passions. Guests really appreciate the personal touch. We work with you to cater for individuals with specific food requirements with loving care and attention.
Top Tip 3: Seasonal and Local
The team at Indulgence have a deep founded knowledge and love of local, seasonal, fresh and exciting produce. We only select, prepare and serve the finest dishes, with produce sourced mainly from local food heroes across Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, and some vegetables come from our very own Kitchen Garden.
Guests love to know the provenance and quality of their food so consider highlighting this in the menu – or our attentive staff can mention this when they serve. Interesting dishes create a great talking point!
Top Tip 4: Table Layouts
By nature, wedding seating arrangements are made at the very end of the planning process (after your RSVPs are in) and sometimes they are changed at the very last minute. Try to not get too worried out about the seating arrangements – guests appreciate the effort you have put into the wedding and are delighted to be part of your special day. Some helpful tips include…
Think about your table options – you could consider the in vogue banqueting style (long, rectangle table) or more traditional round tables – or a mix of both.
Banquets have a long history of serving as celebratory gatherings, creating a fun, buzzy, feast like atmosphere – the team at Indulgence call this ‘Harry Potter Style Dining’. The table décor can lend itself to your theme perfectly, creating a grand or rustic feel and works for both larger and more intimate gatherings.
Round tables have a more traditional classic feel. You can also consider assigning tables but not seats allowing guests to choose where they sit– thus taking the pressure off a full seating plan.
Ultimately it is down to your own personal style. The space and beauty of Caswell House allows for different options and we are available to offer our expert views and chat through ideas to help you reach the right decision.
Top Tip 5: Tasting Sessions
We offer tasting sessions for you to try different dishes and can chat through wine pairing should you wish. We suggest you arrange a date at least three months before the big day so you have plenty of time to chat through the menu, and make any changes if required.
Whilst we usually create a tasting for two, we also welcome close family and friends should you wish to make the experience a larger affair. They are held at our Head Quarters at our sister company The Kitchen in Farnborough. Our tasting sessions are an exciting and fun part of your wedding planning and it is a wonderful way to discuss, fine tune and agree on the final dishes to be served on your special day at Caswell House.
Final Word: Talk to us
We are honoured to be the bespoke caterer at Caswell House. We work closely with the team to make the planning process easy and enjoyable so that you can be confident that your day will run smoothly.
We are at the end of the phone to offer advice and expertise – do get in touch if you would like to chat through your wedding menu – we would love to hear from you!
Thank you to the lovely photographers whose images we have featured in this blog…
Adele Behles: www.adelebehlesphotography.com
Barry Scowen: www.barryscowen.co.uk
David Bostock: www.davidbostockphotography.co.uk
Doherty Photography: www.dohertyphotography.co.uk
Neil Hanson: www.nordicpics.co.uk
Ian Davis: www.iandaviesphoto.com
Lucy Davenport: www.lucydavenport.co.uk