If you’re looking for something a little bit different for your wedding breakfast then why not consider having an ‘afternoon tea’.
Picture smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and cream, sweet and savoury pastries and delicious cupcakes. All displayed on pretty mismatched vintage crockery and topped off with a glass of champagne.
The beauty of an ‘afternoon tea’ style wedding breakfast is that it works perfectly in any large open space. If you or your parents have a beautiful home with a large garden, you could hold your reception there. Not only does it give a truly personal feel to your wedding day but it also saves you a massive amount of money.
A great way to add something special to a reception like this is through crockery and cutlery. Vintage crockery hire company Pearl and Godiva have some stunning pieces that give a beautiful and whimsical feel to your day.
Imagine how stunning delicate china teacups and a gorgeous cupcake stand would look - especially against the backdrop of a warm summer’s day.
If a wedding reception at home is just not an option and you have the urge to splurge then there are some fabulous hotels that offer a real vintage ‘afternoon tea’ experience.
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Castle on the Lake in County Meath boasts some beautiful scenery. Set in 320 acres, this 17th century castle has sprawling countryside views and also has four acres of walled gardens that will make for some amazing wedding photographs that you will cherish forever.
The setting alone makes it the perfect location for an ‘afternoon tea’ style wedding reception but the interior is also guaranteed to take your breath away. Inside the castle, the periodic features are stunning yet the castle still has all the modern amenities that you would expect on a luxury stay.
Castle on the Lake has a variety of caterers to choose from but one in particular offers a menu that is ideal for an afternoon tea. O’Brien Lynch Catering has a wide selection on their menu, including: little toasties with chicken liver pate & redcurrant dip, along with tiger prawns in filo pastry and salmon & leek tartlets. For dessert they have a selection of tarts, roulades and fruit pies to perfectly complement your light and elegant menu.
Whether you are on a tight wedding budget or an extravagant one, an ‘afternoon tea’ style reception can be elegant and classic whilst still being something a little bit different. Take a look at our ceremony and reception articles for even more ideas.