The beauty of the afternoon tea option means that you have many choices when it comes to your big day. Think pretty pastels (take your inspiration from macaroons!), flowing fabrics and Great-Gatsby inspired head-dresses and accessories.
With an afternoon tea inspired wedding, you can really go to town on the decor.
The good news is that an afternoon tea for a wedding breakfast can look amazing – as well as not breaking the bank! White table cloths, fairy lights, bone (mismatched) china cups (there’s no other way!) all add to the fun of this romantic theme.
You can also make a lot of the decorations (if you’re creative) or sites like notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy have some fabulous unique creations. Sites such as Pinterest are also really good to get you feeling inspired. Create a mood board to get those creative juices flowing!
The great news is that you don’t have to break the bank! Ask your florist to create the bouquets and buttonholes, but you can create the floral arrangements using supermarket bought blooms placed in tea cups and pots for a boho, DIY effect.
There’s something very romantic about an afternoon tea, when done properly. Afternoon tea has been popular since the nineteenth century since the Duchess of Bedford complained of having that ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon. Ceremonial and restorative, it has been fashionable for centuries and has appeared in countless novels including works by Lewis Carroll and Henry James. In fact, you can imagine fashionable society enjoying the ceremony of afternoon tea in all of our beautiful historical venues…
Afternoon tea works well for large numbers or small and, like canapes, allows you greater scope re timings and space. You can choose to have a seating plan or you can allow people to sit where they like; guests can also mingle easily with each other and you’ll probably find your guests socialise more with each other. This means that you’re not limited in terms of your venue which is good news…. You can decorate accordingly, whether you wish to deck it out with fairy lights, bunting, home-made decorations flowers – or all of the above!
The Food & Drink
Obviously, the daintier and prettier the better when it comes to afternoon tea – definitely crusts of the sandwiches!! There needs to be a good savoury to sweet ratio. We love little tartlets, pixie sized cakes and anything heart shaped, of course (especially if you’re going for a Mad Hatter’s tea party!) Loose leaf tea tastes better in china cups and saucers. It also gives you an excuse to amble round antique shops and bric a brac stalls. Look out for vintage cake stands while you’re there!
It’s also great for drinkers and tee total-ers alike as your guests can choose from tea, coffee, prosecco, champers or cloudy lemonade (check out the home-made straws on Etsy). The beauty of an afternoon tea is that it goes with pretty much anything and gives you great scope so you can have real fun designing your menu. It also means that, like the Duchess of Bedford, you can choose evening food – perfect for when your guests are starting to get peckish again.
Speak to or email one of our friendly team as we can tailor any menu to your theme or your preference.