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From Plate To Palate: Creating Unforgettable Memories With an elevated Small Plates Wedding Menu

At Hall and Co Event Design, we're dedicated to creating unforgettable culinary experiences for your special day. Discover how our small plates wedding breakfast menus can transform your wedding into a gourmet celebration. 

Wedding custom Small Plates menu
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Why Choose Small Plates? The Benefits of a Flexible Dining Experience

Okay, so small plates menus are a growing trend for the 2024 wedding season, and for good reason! For some couples, the idea of a formal sit down plated meal doesn’t hit the right note for their day. With small plates, our couples get to mix things up and give your guests a taste of everything. Plus, it's super fun and adds an extra dash of personalisation and a modern twist to the traditional wedding breakfast format.

Small plates are a super versatile way to design a bespoke menu for your wedding with the help of your dedicated catering manager and our chefs. Think Spanish tapas, Greek meze or, go more bespoke with bite-sized portions of your favourite dishes or cuisines that mean something to you both or your story. There is so much that can be achieved within a small plates style menu creating something that's as unique and personalised as you as a couple.

This style of dining is also perfect for accommodating different dietary preferences and restrictions. Whether your guests are vegetarian, gluten-free, or just picky eaters, we can assist in creating a menu all your guests can enjoy together.   


Crafting Your Dream Menu: Personalised Just for You

At Hall and Co, we're all about making your wedding memorable, especially when it comes to food! We'll work closely with you to create a menu that's totally tailored to your tastes and style.

Our team of catering experts are here to guide you every step of the way, from brainstorming ideas, and selecting the perfect dishes for your menu through to delivering with style and finesse on the day. We'll take into account your favourite flavours, dietary restrictions, and any cultural or religious considerations to ensure that every dish is suited to your vision and taste profile.

We also offer personalised private tastings so you can sample each dish before the big day. It's a chance to fine-tune your menu, meet our catering team in person, and make sure that every bite is absolutely perfect. This is also a great opportunity to discuss table design and service ware with your catering manager, ensuring every element of your wedding catering service is sleek and seamless.


Setting the Scene: Sharing, Bonding, and Digging In

One of the best things our front-of-house team notices about events that feature small plates menus is that the style brings people together. Passing and sharing dishes is a great ice breaker for guests who either don’t know each other or haven’t seen each other in a long time. Your wedding breakfast isn’t just a meal, it's a chance for you and your guests to connect, laugh, and make memories together.

Sourcing Good Stuff: Fresh, Local, and sustainable Ingredients

Here at Hall and Co, we believe in using the best ingredients, with our chefs sourcing locally, sustainably, and ethically whenever possible. From farm-fresh veggies, working with local butchers and fishmongers for our meats, and incorporating specific ingredients local to your chosen venue where suitable. Previously we have designed dishes to incorporate specific produce such as local honey’s, beers and cheeses, worked with the venue's own beef farm and included other ingredients from the region your county is synonymous with. We understand that making conscious choices when designing your wedding menu to feature elements of specific provenance can be a great way to tie in your venue and location through every area of the day and create a dish that’s even more memorable for you and your guests.

Our chef team take great care to be as sustainable as possible, minimising waste and utilising composting options where possible, as well as designing menus to fit within seasonal availability wherever possible to reduce transport miles and ensure optimal flavour and quality too!


Sharing wedding desserts
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Building a small plates wedding menu is all about crafting enduring memories! With us, you can rest assured that your menu will be as distinctive and memorable as your story. Prepare for a celebration filled with delightful culinary experiences and contact our team today to start your journey with us!


5 Small plate wedding menu ideas

Spanish tapas- The classic and ever-popular choice. Think pan con tomato, smoked ham hock and Manchego croquettes, gambas al ajillo, patatas bravas and albondigas.

Mediterranean Mezze- Another classic and perfect crowd pleasure for a peak summer wedding breakfast. Incorporate dishes such as handmade spanakopita, various Falafel, tzatziki, Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Dolmas and handmade flatbreads.

Italian Antipasti- Perfect for a late afternoon alfresco dinner accompanied by perfectly chilled wine and Aperol cocktails. Picture sharing boards of prosciutto and cured meats, fresh torn Italian burrata, a variety of topped Bruschetta’s and warm Arancini with generous helpings of fresh shaved parmesan.

Middle Eastern Mezze- Go hearty sharing with a mix of marinated meats rich in spices and preserved fruits accompanied by satisfying sides of giant cous cous and bulgar wheat, perfectly complimented with Muhammara, Fattoush Salad and Labneh.

Elevated British- Embrace the best the UK has to offer by including fresh seasonal offerings. Think Rarebit Crostini with Lincolnshire Bomber Cheese, British Rhubarb Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts, British Lamb Sliders with Red Onion Marmalade and Mint Yogurt, dark chocolate melt-in-the-middle puddings with British blackcurrant sorbet and lime crumb.

Key FAQs couples ask us when considering a small plates menu

How do you ensure there's enough variety to satisfy all dietary preferences and restrictions with a small plates tapas-style menu?

As experienced wedding caterers, we understand the importance of accommodating diverse dietary needs. We work closely with our clients to tailor the menu according to their guests' preferences and dietary restrictions, ensuring everyone can enjoy the celebration to the fullest.

How do you manage portion sizes to ensure guests are satisfied and well catered for?

Portion control is key when it comes to small plates/ tapas-style menus. We carefully curate our dishes to provide a balanced selection of flavours and textures while ensuring each portion is sufficient for sharing among guests. Our experienced chefs plan portion sizes to strike the perfect balance, allowing guests to sample a variety of dishes without feeling overwhelmed or left wanting.

How do you ensure the timing and spacing of course waves are coordinated effectively with a small plates menu for a wedding breakfast?

Our event managers work with you and your venue to plan detailed meal timings including entrances, speeches and any other key moments at this stage of your day. Our chefs design each wave of small plates to be cohesive together and for optimum service from the kitchens. Throughout the food service, our front-of-house team and catering manager pay close attention to you and your guests and liaise with the chefs to ensure course waves are well spaced, allowing guests enough time to enjoy the option without feeling rushed, all whilst keeping the meal flowing seamlessly.


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