While the pinnacle of any wedding is of course the big “I do,” it’s the celebration afterwards that truly marks the occasion. Ted knows a thing or two about stylish soirées, but he also knows that two heads are better than one. So for an expert opinion, he caught up with Dani Tucker, the creative mind behind successful lifestyle blog The Social Kitchen, to find out her top 5 tips for the perfect wedding breakfast.
1. Get Pin-spired
While there is limitless wedding inspiration to be found online, it’s a good idea to narrow it down and work out the aesthetic that you’re after and unusual details that really strike a chord. Dani recommends doing thorough research and getting stuck in with social media. “Pinterest will be your best friend,” she says. “To find out what interests and inspires you visually, you’ll need to search through images; and as you develop your boards, you’ll see a particular style emerge.”
2. Discover the recipe for success
The old adage says it best (and Ted couldn’t agree more): the way to any guest’s heart is through their stomach. A mouthwatering menu of delicacies is guaranteed to keep your guests excited about dinner, but remember not to skimp on quality: it will be noticed. Never has the golden rule ‘the first bite is with the eye’ been more relevant either – presentation is everything at a wedding. Creative plating, distinctive tableware and memorable settings will ensure your food looks as good as it tastes.
3. Finesse those floral arrangements
Your wedding will be the most photographed event of your life, but it won’t just be the pro photographer taking snaps. Playing with patterns, colours and textures will ensure #weddingperfection on every guest’s Instagram account. When it comes to flowers, Dani believes in a minimal approach. “There are so many flowers to choose from that it can be a bit overwhelming,” she says. “My advice is to stick to one colour scheme and lots of greenery – the greenery looks great and cuts costs too.”
4. Manage the mood
Once you’ve put the finishing touches to your picture-perfect décor, make sure you take a moment to think about the lighting. Harsh fluorescent lights should always be replaced with a softer, more romantic option, ideally candles: “they provide an intimate feel and create the atmosphere,” Dani says. When the table is set and the lights are low, she recommends a soundtrack of mellow background tunes (think midcentury jazz or late-night Magic FM) to complete the experience.
5. Make it personal
No two couples are the same, so Dani advises “showing some personality and thinking outside the box” to make sure your wedding breakfast is as unique as you both are. To set your event apart, she recommends focusing on the tiniest of details and adding an element of charm where possible, such as a sweet story about the bride and groom at the bottom of the menus, or personalised treats for each guest. As the first meal shared by the newlyweds, it’s the personal touches that will make your wedding breakfast a truly memorable experience.
Discover more interiors tips, delicious recipes and entertaining ideas from Dani at The Social Kitchen.