The menu is one of the most memorable features of any wedding, and so finding the right caterer for you is key to ensuring the food lives up to your expectations. We take you through what you should consider before selecting a caterer and recommend the best caterers in the Mudgee, New South Wales, region.
Think about quantities and timing
The practicalities of your menu should be considered first and foremost. There has to be a sufficient amount of food to satisfy your guests throughout the duration of the celebration. A feast at the beginning without anything else served later on will likely end in your guests leaving early. We’ve all been there – a desperate stop at a fast-food drive thru on the way home, feeling absolutely ravenous.
On the other hand, if too much time passes before food service begins, your guests will be equally as famished and probably enjoying a few too many champagnes on an empty stomach – not exactly the scenario you want to unfold prior to speeches!
Consider your guests and what you would expect at a wedding. A nibble early on will make your guests feel welcome and excited for what’s to come, followed by a substantial offering later on which equates to a proper meal. It doesn’t need to be a plated meal in the traditional sense, but it does need to be filling so your guests are well fed and content. Finally, and this depends on the length of your wedding, a late-night snack may be necessary too. A round of late-night sliders or toasties? You can’t go wrong.
Make it memorable
Food at a wedding doesn’t only serve to feed the hungry. It’s your opportunity to elevate your wedding and make it a truly memorable experience for everyone.
Your menu has the power to make an event feel more intimate. The food will be a talking point for guests to get them mingling with one another. Themed food stations and shared banquets are a great way to connect your guests through the act of sharing a meal together. An impressive food station that encourages guests to interact with a chef or one another is a perfect conversation starter.
Choose a format which best represents you
The catering at a wedding is another way to express who you are as a couple. If a black-tie wedding is what you’ve always dreamed of, a lavish two to three course meal suits perfectly. If you want to sit down but prefer a more casual affair, shared plates or feasting platters are the way to go. If the idea of sitting down for a meal feels too formal and over the top for you, a standing cocktail wedding with roaming canapes, small dishes and food stations is a more casual approach to feeding a crowd without the fussiness of seating plans. Once you’ve decided what feels right for you, it’s time to find and lock in your caterer.
The wedding venue itself should also play a role, depending on the feel of it. Is it a formal or rustic venue, can it host sit down as well as stand up. Take all this into account when choosing your caterer.
Local Mudgee Caterer Guide
The food scene in Mudgee, New South Wales, is brimming with locally cultivated produce with the paddock to plate ethos front of mind.
When it comes to wedding planning and choosing the right caterer for you, local caterers Mudgee Made, Relish, Soul Mamas, Mudgee Catering Co, and Vegan Weddings & Events all have something unique to offer.
Mudgee Made is passionate about providing delicious, wholesome food. They cater for standing events with their roaming canape menu as well as shared banquets if your guests will be seated. Grazing table on arrival? No problem.
Mudgee Made are also your go to if you’re looking for a croquembouche and macaron tower instead of a more traditional wedding cake.
Visit Mudgee Made to view their menus and get in contact.
Relish Catering based in Narrabri are caterers with an extensive list of services. Their canapes deliver big flavours in compact form, while their shared menu and plated meals are homely and delicious. Get in touch with Treen to discuss your wedding day vision.
Soul Mamas Catering offer a variety of catering options from small platters, breakfast & lunch picnic boxes for the bridal party, to larger events, offering canapes, grazing tables & a delicious share feast menu for all sized weddings. Adding to their list of services – whether you’re feeling calm or chaotic, chances are that organising what to eat while getting ready will not be your biggest priority. Soul Mamas deliver delicious breakfast or lunch picnic boxes to remove all the hassle for you and your bridal party on the big day.
Mudgee Catering Co.
Mudgee Catering Co have been proudly catering for functions of all sizes and themes since 2002 and can create a menu to suit any event. From formal plated dinners to fun, vibrant and delicious crowd-pleasing share platters, as well as mouth-watering canapes, Mudgee Catering Co will meet any brief with experience and sophistication. Adding to their list of luscious specialties, they can also take care of your wedding cake, offering exquisite naked cakes and tiered “cheese” cakes, structured out of wheels of local cheese.
VEGAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS
If you’re looking for a plant-based caterer you won’t find one with a more delicious and versatile menu than those by Vegan Wedding & Events. Tenille will leave even your non-vegan guests feeling not only very satisfied but impressed. Blue Mountains based but will happily travel.