Inviting children to a wedding is often a huge decision for our clients. Kids can be quite notoriously picky eaters at home, let alone at a wedding. Let’s be honest, it’s already sounding daunting.
Let us put your mind at rest! With our wealth of experience in events – we’ve got you covered.
Let’s start off by talking about the ages of the children invited. We recommend that Children aged 11 and below would probably be better suited to a Children’s Menu. This can be two or three courses depending on what you would like to serve the rest of your guests on the day. A child younger than two, you may want to chat to their parent about what will be best for them at your wedding, and if that’s bringing their own meal/snacks, that’s quite alright with us.
We recommend having a little chat with the kids, or the parents of those 11 and under and gauging their opinions around 3 months away from the wedding. Children’s minds change regularly, as does their taste in food. This way you know you’re going to get their menu right, and they will eat their meal on your big day.
When it comes to asking the kids or their parents what they would like to eat, its best to ask the fussiest child first. That way you can tailor the children’s meal around them, and make sure its suitable for all. Ideally from a service point of view, and the best way to keep the kids happy, is to make sure they are all eating the same meal (or thereabouts) . Simple, tasty food that they know is always the way forward. From filling pasta dishes to the classic mini burgers and chips, a well-fed child is a happy child! We can then obviously tailor dishes further for those children with dietary requirements.
Let’s imagine you have chosen to offer the children at your wedding two courses, we like to stagger this alongside the adults meals. Meaning your adults are receiving their starter, and the children receive their main, the adults then receive their main and the children receive their desserts. By staggering the dishes like this , it ensures that there is always something in front of the children, and something going on at the table, meaning that the children are engaged and are less likely to get bored. It also means that the child’s accompanying adult/s get enough time to appreciate the food you have chosen for them to eat on your wedding day.
We heartily recommend that the children invited to your wedding day are offered something to do at their table. Be this colouring in, puzzles, a picture book or some stickers: whatever it is , it is a great way of welcoming them to your big day and making them feel comfortable In this brand new environment . It is obviously also a great way to keep them at their table and not causing any mischief elsewhere.
We absolutely adore children being at weddings, from chasing the disco lights , to those epically cute wedding outfits – children can bring a lot of joy to your big day. We want to make sure they are looked after and provided for just as much as your adult guests, so we are happy to take on any meal suggestions to make things just right for them. Even if all it takes is making a smaller more child friendly version of your adult meal, we are all for it!
Take a look below at our current children’s menus for one of our amazing venues – Crockwell Farm.
As always folks, we are here to help. So if you have any questions about planning your menu for little ones, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
£21.50 Three Courses – £16.50 Two Courses
Crudites & Hummus
Mini Cheese Burger & Chips
Sausage, Chips or Mash, Gravy & Peas
Homemade Chicken Goujons, Chips & Veg
Tomato or Pesto Pasta
Fish Fingers, Chips & Peas
Tutti Frutti Salad
Chocolate Mousse with Sprinkles