How to Host an English Afternoon Tea Party Wedding

While February is always the most romantic month of the year with Valentine’s Day dominating events, February 2020 was even more romantic. That’s because the leap day is traditionally the one time when women can propose to their partners.

If you feel that custom is quite archaic (it is supposed to date from 5th Century Ireland, after all) then maybe National Proposal Day on 20th March will be a more suitable occasion to make this life changing move.

Whenever you choose to confirm your engagement, thoughts will quickly move to the wedding day itself. And there’s lots to think about: The venue, the dress, the entertainment, the food…

Rather than serve the traditional three course meal, a current trend amongst brides and grooms is the less formal afternoon tea or cream tea. Read on to find out more about this popular trend…


Why afternoon tea makes the perfect wedding breakfast

Afternoon tea is becoming more and more popular as an alternative to the traditional wedding breakfast.

It can often be a lower cost option than traditional wedding catering but can be just as filling. The grouping of sandwiches, cakes and scones is tasty and fun.

Dainty and pretty, afternoon tea can really reflect the style of your wedding.


Is afternoon tea right for your wedding?

Depending on the theme of your wedding, afternoon tea could fit in perfectly. For a vintage themed wedding or an event that has a rustic feel, the combination of cups of tea served in china teacups, sweet treats presented on cake stands and eaten with silver cake forks will enhance the feeling of yesteryear.

A very English indulgence, vintage tea, cucumber sandwiches, cakes and jam and clotted cream scones paired with red, white and blue colours, will fit perfectly with a British themed wedding.

Afternoon tea is also a great icebreaker, with the buffet style and pouring of tea encouraging interaction between guests around the table.


How to host an English afternoon tea party wedding

When hosting an afternoon tea party at your wedding, there are a few things to think about.

  • Consider facilities at the venue Make sure there’s enough room to prepare the food, and, if you’re doing the catering yourself, think about who’ll be cleaning the dirty dishes.
  • Think about your surroundings Afternoon tea can be great for an outdoor wedding but think about wildlife and livestock who may also want a piece of the action.
  • Make sure you present it properly. Afternoon tea can look dainty and attractive if done right, but if done wrong could look cheap. There’s a big difference between well presented finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off on a silver platter and triangle sandwiches made from stale bread laid out on a serving tray. If in doubt, get a professional team of caterers in to provide the food, ensuring its not only good quality, but it also presented to the max.

Waitress preparing afternoon tea for wedding


Choose Harriets Cafe Tearooms to provide your afternoon tea wedding breakfast

While you could cater for an afternoon tea themed wedding yourself, there are a lot of sandwiches and scones to prepare freshly on the morning of the wedding. Instead, leave it to the catering experts. Harriets will create a wedding breakfast package bespoke to you and your event.

We’ll work with you to create your perfect menu, then prepare an afternoon tea that will leave you guests feeling full. Created on the day, you can rest assured that the sandwiches and patisseries will be as fresh and tasty as those served in our tearooms every day. Served by waiting staff in our signature traditional uniform, we’ll make sure your event goes perfectly.

To find out more about our afternoon tea wedding catering services in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk fill in our contact form or contact your local tearoom. One of our friendly team will be happy to talk through your requirements.

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