Wedding Picnics are made specifically for wedding parties, and can be tailor made to fit your requirements.
They are delivered to your chosen destination in our Gourmet Picnics coolbag, with the option to purchase a handmade wicker basket which contains the condiments for your menu. We are also able to attach the bride and grooms name on a 'luggage tag' which can serve as the bride and groom's 'favour' as it is a keepsake for your guests. The Gourmet Picnic coolbag helps keep parts of the chosen menu and your drinks effortlessly cool.
To discuss how we can work together to provide catering on your special day, get in touch through the Contact Us page.
While planning the details of their civil ceremony, Richard Calver and James Batchelor started by making a list of all the things they disliked about other people’s weddings - and agreed their own would be the complete opposite.
There were to be no rambling speeches, no sitting inside on a beautiful day, no stuffy ceremony, and no dress code. Instead, there would be marquees, bales of hay and plenty to eat and drink.
And when it came to the catering for the day, held in August 2010, the couple didn’t want to tell their guests where to sit or when to eat.
Richard explains: “James suggested the idea of our guests having a picnic and it was something that stuck in my mind. We’d always enjoyed going on picnics and they fitted the requirements of what we wanted, so we thought: why not?”
The final menu took full advantage of the abundance of local Cornish produce starring Richard’s beloved dressed crab with lime and mayo aioli, and Cornish strawberries with Cornish clotted cream.
The 100 guests were also to be treated to spicy potted crab with Melba toast, Mediterranean vegetable antipasto, a selection of prosciutto, chorizo and honey glazed ham; new potato spinach and orange salad with mustard dressing, served with provencal olives, gourmet crisps and bread rolls.
As the wedding reception was held in Staplehurst, Kent, the picnics had to be transported over 300 miles across the country.
Wanting to make sure the food was delivered in pristine condition, Bruno and Sam travelled the night before the wedding in a refrigerated van to hand-deliver the fresh picnics themselves.
“There are three main themes when people talk about our wedding day,” says Richard. “They thought it was a brilliant day; they thought the picnics were a lovely idea and the quality of the food was absolutely astounding; and they can’t believe how much free booze there was!”
The fact that the picnics were made to be shared gave Richard and James the opportunity to play matchmaker and with the hope of potentially creating more wedding days.
“Sharing a picnic broke the ice and allowed our guests the chance to get know each other. They were just much more interesting than a sit down meal: more relaxed; less formal; people were able to go and have a dance and come back to their picnic later in the day, and so simple.”
“We are so impressed with the service. We feel so lucky. All our suppliers feel more like friends than people who provided a service for us.”