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Baddow Park House Weddings: Alternatives To A Sit-Down Wedding Meal

Jun 7, 2023 | Wedding Catering, Wedding Ideas and Trends, Wedding Planning

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When you’re planning your wedding, you want perfection.

 You’ve probably imagined it a thousand times, and now it’s time to make it happen. 

Everything about the day can be designed to revolve around you and your partner to truly celebrate your relationship. Weddings involve so many opportunities to be personal and unique, from what you wear, to the music you play and the venue you hire. 

The food you choose for your wedding breakfast also forms a large part of the day, so it’s a great way to showcase your style and tastes to your guests whilst delighting them with yummy grub to set them up for the reception ahead.

If a traditional three-course wedding breakfast isn’t your thing, fear not. The talented team at Baddow Park House have some ideas for alternative wedding meals…


There is nothing more relaxed than a summery barbeque. And a winter edition, paired with cosy seating and open fires or patio heaters, would be something fun and quirky for your guests to remember!

Firing up a barbeque also easily allows for different dietary options, and the food is pretty fast, so there’s less chance that guests will end up waiting around with hungry tummies. 

The combination of grilled food, colourful salads and drinks flowing whilst your guests mingle provides a soft, laid-back vibe that goes down a treat. We can just imagine that hazy, delightfully smokey, summery vibe now…


There’s something special about wood-fired pizza, isn’t there? 

Watching them being made is quite the show, and you can even design your own pizza topping menu with personal or funny names to firmly put your stamp on the meal.

Informal and great for sharing on tables or picnic blankets, pizza is a fantastic communal food that everybody loves and is sure to create that buzz of excitement you’re looking for. It’s fast, delicious, affordable and can be served buffet-style or as individual, made-to-order delights.

Sit-Down Wedding Meal
Image courtesy of Sophie Oldhamstead Photography

Street Food

Getting in caterers who specialise in street food is sure to give your wedding funky festival vibes.

And you’re not restricted to just one cuisine, either. In fact, you’ll be hard-pushed to decide between the tons of options out there… 

So what do you fancy? Greek meze, French crepes or Spanish paella? What about Mexican burritos, chilli or tacos? 

Trendy, vibrant and aromatic as it cooks, street food is a perfect spectacle for your wedding that is a feast for all of the senses. Bring in a ton of straw bales topped with comfy, colourful blankets, and you’re onto a winner.

Sit-Down Wedding Meal canapes
Image courtesy of Sophie Oldhamstead Photography

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea for your wedding breakfast is a delightful, elegant choice. And, because it doesn’t involve hot food, can be a simple and often cheaper option without compromising on fun-factor. 

To bring a bit more of you into the meal, have fun getting creative with pretty, funky or nostalgic china and cake stands. You could even serve wedding-themed cocktails in teapots for a surprising twist! 

Providing an assortment of teas and coffees, as well as cakes, scones and finger sandwiches, means there’s something for everyone. The meal is quick to serve if your guests are seated already, but it can easily be presented in a buffet format for a less formal breakfast. 

Cocktails being served at a Sit-Down Wedding Meal in Essex
Image courtesy of  Sophie Oldhamstead Photography


The ultimate relaxed wedding breakfast. Great for all ages but particularly family-friendly for those with young children.

Whether you choose to serve your wedding picnic at tables or on rugs in the gardens of your venue, picnics enable you to make the most of the outdoors. 

The food can be packed in beautiful picnic baskets, recyclable boxes, or any container you fancy that aligns with your theme or interests. Depending on your set-up, allocate enough food per table or family for each container, and have fun with what’s included…

Will you opt for a traditional British picnic with cocktail sausages, pork pies and homemade lemonade? Or mix things up a bit with a mezze platter of chicken kebabs, tabouleh and baba ganoush?


A ploughman’s is the perfect choice for an informal country wedding but can be tweaked to suit any theme, budget and food preferences. 

Whether it’s a big chunk of tangy mature cheddar or an artisan vegan cheese, a ploughman’s, with its chutneys, pickles and breads, is fantastic served buffet style, and its simplicity is classic and timeless. 

You could even dive into a theme like ‘Cheeses of the World’ or ‘England In Cheese’ to flavour things up a bit.

It’s Your Party – What Lights You Up? 

Your wedding food doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. You can express your unique style by serving delicious dishes that reflect your personalities, and your guests will love what you’ve chosen no matter what.

The time of year you’re tying the knot might influence your choice of wedding breakfast. Read our blog Summer vs Winter Wedding – Which Is Best? for an insight into how the season could impact your day. 

Wedding Reviews
We were booked to get married September 2020 but due to covid, we re-scheduled for September 2021. I wanted to say a huge thank you to the team at Baddow Park and especially Kelly – Group Operations Manager, for being so accommodating. We were very worried about the unknowns of having to re-arrange. However, Kelly and the team took that worry away. The process from having a “back up date” to confirming a new date in 21 was seamless, Kelly and her team were ALWAYS available via phone or email for a quick chat or to discuss the day in-depth. The upset of having to move our day never came as we knew the team had it all under control and that they would make our day even more special next year. We can’t wait to get married and celebrate at Baddow Park house with their fantastic team and gorgeous surroundings!

5 star rating

Fleur & Andy

From our first visit to see Baddow Park even before all the renovations we were in love with it and knew this was the place we wanted to get married, not only was the venue and garden beautiful but Kelly made us feel so welcome we knew it would all go smoothly…   Then COVID happened and so close to our wedding day, all was arranged and we were waiting ready and excited for our wedding day, but in one day, id not only cancelled one wedding but prepared an alternative one, I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the flexibility of Baddow Park and Kelly’s support with all our questions and worries of “What do we do now”   She has kept in touch with us throughout the year as we have changed dates and ideas and at not one point has anything I have asked been a problem. Unfortunately a 2020 wedding is not possible so now we wait for the perfect wedding at Baddow Park in 2021!

5 star rating

Victoria Partridge

What a magical wedding day we had at Baddow Park House, every single detail was perfect. From initial viewing to booking to pre-wedding preparation, you were all so helpful and supportive, nothing was too much trouble and no questions were left unanswered. The house is beautifully kept and the grounds exquisite, the atmosphere was lovely. Baddow Park is a truly beautiful place to get married.

5 star rating

Kirstie and Andy

We want to thank you sincerely for making our wedding day so special. Everyone thought the organisation was excellent and everything went so smoothly. Baddow Park is a beautiful place to hold an intimate wedding, the house and the gardens are just delightful. Everyone there said what a lovely venue it was. We had the most beautiful wedding and we are very grateful.

5 star rating

Mrs & Mrs B

From the moment we saw Baddow Park for the first time we knew this was exactly where we wanted to have our wedding reception. Combining beautiful grounds with the ability for us to personalise our day this was our perfect venue. We truly could not have asked for a better day and for all at Baddow Park House together with their suppliers who helped make the magic happen.

5 star rating

Nick & Lorna Bastian

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