We love weddings – to us it’s not just a job, it’s a privilege to help bring to life each couple’s vision for their big day. And Mel and Mike certainly had a unique vision for theirs. Rather than planning a grand affair, they wanted a more intimate wedding, one that would reflect their personalities and interests.
Both bride and groom are collectors. Mel has amassed a huge collection of vintage tea sets and Mike has a collection of wrapped sugar cubes and packets of sugar – they wanted to incorporate these into their wedding reception, so a vintage afternoon tea party theme was perfect for them. The theme was further strengthened by their desire for a ‘homemade’ atmosphere to the whole wedding and the creative talents of friends and family were called on – from the wedding invitations to decorations and floral displays. Mel even made her own wedding cake!
We provided the catering for the afternoon tea party for 60 guests and a cold buffet for 120 in the evening. We planned a selection of sandwiches – triangles, no crusts… obviously – using a mix of brown and white bread, and fillings ranged from rare roast beef to the classic cucumber sandwich. A tea party wouldn’t be complete without freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves, along with an indulgent feast of cakes and pastries, including chocolate-dipped profiteroles filled with Baileys liqueur mousse, lemon drizzle cake and blueberry macarons. Delicious! We also sourced the loose-leaf fairtrade tea that Mel was keen to use. And Mel’s vintage crockery couldn’t have looked any more amazing.
Initially, Mike and Mel planned to host the party in their own home. With 60 wedding guests expected and double that in the evening, we were concerned that space and logistics could be an issue – it would also undoubtedly cause stress levels on the day to rise dramatically! The couple took this advice on board and decided that Godalming Hall, right next door to the church in which they were marrying, would be suitable. At this stage, we were able to step in – a good relationship with the managers of the venue enabled us to facilitate the initial meeting, Nigel went along with Mike and Mel to finalise all the details, and we managed to negotiate access to the venue the night before so that the space could be decorated.
We were delighted to receive this lovely message from Mel afterwards: “Andrea and her delightful team catered and waitered our vintage wedding tea party. We were so impressed by the high standard of organisation and the ‘we can’ attitude. The company offered a wide choice of cakes and sandwiches with traditional and unusual fillings. There was so much to eat and fresh tea kept miraculously appearing! Things just seemed to be done without any fuss or stress, which is essential for any bride and groom. As well as all this, Avala provided environmentally-friendly fairtrade tea leaves without any trouble at all. It was wonderful to feel that the details and special requirements were fulfilled. We had a wonderful time and the photographs were stunning. For us, the tea party was the highlight of a very special day”.
If you’re planning your wedding and are looking for a caterer that will respond to your ideas, why not talk to Avala!