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Your Wedding Catering Questions Answered

Jan 28, 2023 | Wedding Catering

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When you’re planning your wedding, there are a few key things that have a huge impact on your day.

The venue, your outfit… and of course, the catering. 

In a traditional wedding, the wedding breakfast makes up a large part of the day, so it’s only natural that you’ll want to create a menu and culinary experience that everyone enjoys and talks about for years to come. 

At Baddow Park, we understand just how important the food at your wedding really is and that not all caterers are created equal! This is why we only work with the very best in the catering industry, so we can be sure that you’ll get the standard of culinary excellence that you deserve for your big day. 

Out team of talented resident caterers deliver a mouth-watering service for all our couples.  Dedicated to their profession, they have created a diverse range of menus for you to choose from. From delectable canapes for your welcome drinks reception, to delicious wedding breakfast options, they are on hand to ensure that your wedding menu can be just as you’ve imagined.

We’ve put together a list of FAQs to help you with any worries you may have. But don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything we haven’t covered!

Can I Choose My Own Menu?

Of course!

Our caterers can write menus to suit your requirements and budget. They are also happy to provide you with sample menus to give you some ideas and help you decide on what to serve your guests.

But to start with, here are a few handy tips to help you select a menu…

  • Choose food that makes you happy – You should absolutely make sure you choose a menu you like. It’s your day! And though you want to keep your guests happy, your wedding day should be a celebration for you. So if you and your partner love Indian food, then why not choose it for your menu? You can always ask our caterers to come up with a milder version for those who don’t like spice. Or if you really feel like you can’t venture away from a more typical crowd-pleaser menu, just make sure you include one of your favourite dishes amongst it, so you know you can have exactly what you dreamed of on the day.

  • Keep it seasonal – Our caterers are dedicated to providing you with bespoke menus, using sustainable, locally sourced produce. Seasonal ingredients will always give you the best taste (and price) for your menu. If you need help with this, they will always be happy to help and give you some pointers.

  • Don’t get overwhelmed! – Just remember our caterers are always on hand to give you any advice or suggestions you may need. Whether for the sit-down meal or the evening celebrations, they can give you examples from our recent weddings to inspire you.
Wedding Catering

Image courtesy of Sophie Oldhamstead photography

Do I Need To Limit My Wedding Reception Guest List?

We are completely flexible when it comes to your wedding party size. A maximum of 150 guests can be seated in the Orangery either banquet style or on round tables.

There is no minimum day guest requirement, so whether you’re looking for a small and intimate reception or a grand affair, it’s sure to be a meal to remember!

The seating layout is also entirely your choice. You can choose to go traditional with round tables and a top table, or just stick to round tables for everyone. For a more intimate affair, we can also provide a sweetheart table for just the two of you.

Can I Sample The Food?

Once you think you’ve created the perfect menu for your big day, it’s time to try it out…

We offer you a tasting session well in advance of the wedding. These are completely private – no mass invites for multiple couples at the same time! Allowing you to sample the menu that you have hand-picked. This gives you the chance to discuss the food after each course and make any adjustments with plenty of time to spare. 

You are also welcome to invite other guests along to really enjoy the experience and make an occasion of it. It can be very useful to have a second (or third) opinion. Whomever you bring, make sure all of you come hungry! 

The food is also photographed at the tasting session and saved to ensure that it is served exactly as you wish on your big day. So you can take pride in the menu that you created!

Are Crockery and Cutlery Provided?

We simply don’t do mediocrity here at Baddow Park House, and that runs right down into our cutlery! Our beautiful crockery and glassware are included with your wedding package, so you can rest assured that the finishing touches we provide will match the elegance and quality of your special day.

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Image courtesy of Sophie Oldhamstead photography

Do I Have To Have A Traditional Style Wedding Breakfast?

Not at all! We understand that a sit-down meal isn’t for everyone – particularly if you’ve got guests with dietary requirements, fussy eaters or lots of young children at your wedding. You want every single guest to have a wonderful time and not just to grin and bear the meal because they love you, after all!

If you want to keep it traditional with an elegant sit-down meal, you will enjoy the incredible service our waiting team provide. But if you are looking for more relaxed options, then our resident caterers can help. Some couples are opting for sharing platters or luxury BBQs for a more chilled vibe. Whatever your desire, you can discuss it with the caterers and they will make it happen.

What Are The Food Options In The Evening?

You can choose the food served at your evening reception too. BBQs are very popular, especially in the summer months when you can really enjoy our beautiful gardens. We also offer grazing board buffets or stone-baked pizzas from our very own Log Shed Bar pizza oven.

It’s All In The Detail

Whatever it is you’re looking for when it comes to the catering for your wedding day, we are certain that we will impress. Our experienced and professional team is dedicated to making your day just as you imagined. Every teeny tiny detail is considered to ensure everything runs perfectly, from start to finish.

To book a viewing at Baddow Park House and see where all this delicious food is served, you can visit our website here.

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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