We’re big foodies here at Chalk Barn and we bet you are too. From canapés to evening food and everything in-between, your guests will always be eagerly awaiting in anticipation to see what the food will be like on your big day.

Choosing a crowd-pleasing menu that reflects you is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make after booking your barn wedding in Wiltshire. That’s why we’ve got an incredible in-house catering team to prepare some tips for you.

Made to measure menus

As a bespoke wedding venue who have worked with many couples over the years, we’ve learnt that every wedding menu should be as unique as the couple eating it!

Some of our couples at our barn wedding venue in Wiltshire have chosen three courses of formal fine dining, while others have dug into pie and mash. Others still have hired in vintage food trucks for fun and interactive evening food. As a self-confessed ‘yes venue’, we like to say ‘yes’ to as much as possible when it comes to our couple requests – and that extends to the food too! Our team of in-house caterers will build a completely new menu from scratch, if that’s what you’re after.

Wedding Breakfast at Chalk Barn | Wiltshire Wedding Venue
Bo Leray Photography and McCrimmon & Reid

Plate presentation

If you haven’t seen the images in this blog already, we recommend scrolling back and checking them out. We truly believe that for a wedding menu to be unforgettable, plate presentation plays a huge part. That’s why we’ve partnered with the talented team at McCrimmon & Reid, our in-house chefs who make your wedding menu dreams come true. But you won’t only remember them for their flavour… You’ll also be blown away by the dramatic display each dish creates.

“Presentation is everything, and we make sure that each item we offer looks as good as it tastes! From edible flowers to traditional serving vessels, we are committed to making sure the memorable food design becomes a talking point for your guests,” McCrimmon & Reid explain.

Bo Leray Photography and McCrimmon & Reid

Sociable servings

Since roughly 2019, food has become more and more about bringing guests together for more interaction and conversation. From shared BBQ platters to incredible dessert showcases, there are so many fun and unique ways to encourage your guests to mingle over their food.

M&J – Photo by Amber Louise Photography

Customise your choice of desserts and the platters on which they’re served to add a unique stamp to serve-yourself sweets.

And if you want the best of both? You could always choose a formal wedding breakfast and follow it up with some fun interactive evening food, like a bagel wall or a doughnut wall.

M&G – Photo by Love of Mine Co

Time to dine

Between canapés during your cocktail hour, your wedding breakfast and your evening supper, there are a lot of plates to plan for your barn wedding in Wiltshire.

But don’t feel bound by the traditional three-part formula. You can introduce food whenever you want and even push your ceremony time back to take one meal away. This can be a great budget-stretching move. Whether you’d like light bites or marshmallows to toast on the cast iron fire pit, it can all be arranged.

S&C – Photo by Richard Skins Photography

Timing the food just right is crucial. You don’t want your guests to grow hungry after the ceremony while you’re busy taking photos. Neither do you want guests to get the nibbles and run out of steam on the dance floor. This is something your caterer will be able to help you with.

“It is often the case that our couples focus so much on looking after their guests that they forget to enjoy their day. In the planning process, George Goes Out will focus on timings, schedules and running orders. We use our experience in events to ensure that you can enjoy every moment,” reassures Michelle.

Bo Leray Photography and McCrimmon & Reid

Ethical eats

Here at Chalk, we’re committed to helping every couple personalise their barn wedding in Wiltshire, in ways great and small.

One way to do exactly that is to have your wedding reflect your values as a couple. As an off-the-grid, eco-friendly wedding venue, we’re a great choice for eco-conscious couples.

We can source organic ingredients, ethically farmed meats or create a vegetarian feast to reflect what’s really important to you. Discover more ways to celebrate a stylish but sustainable wedding with these five tips.

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