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How to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for Your Wedding

The dining experience of your wedding is something your guests will remember for years to come. It’s safe to say food and drink plays a pretty important role for any celebration, helping to set the tone of your event, create the right ambience, and of course – keep bellies full and guests happy!

 

Over the years, we’ve seen the traditional wedding menus of the past evolve into something pretty incredible. These days, modern wedding venues are getting creative with their menu offerings and placing more emphasis on the overall experience – think grazing tables, signature cocktails, pop-up bars and interactive food stations.

 

With this in mind, we wanted to share some tips and tricks for creating a truly unforgettable dining experience at your wedding, while still keeping things practical and within budget. And when it comes to all things food and drink, there was nobody better for us to chat to then the expert team from Fins at Plantation House!

 

How to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast Weddings
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Nestled on a 65-hectare exotic fruit plantation overlooking the Tweed Hinterland, this bespoke wedding venue is an absolute foodies dream, with a menu pioneered by renowned celebrity chef Steven Snow from the award-winning Fins restaurant.

 

We recently spoke to venue manager Morgan, who shared her expert tips on creating a wedding menu to seriously wow your guests, as well as some practical considerations (and mistakes to avoid!) for a seamless dining experience.

 

Keep reading for her words of wisdom and some unique menu ideas to draw inspiration from for your own big day.

 

How to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast WeddingsHow to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast Weddings
Images by Figtree Wedding Photography

 

We first asked Morgan for her thoughts on the importance of food and drink at a wedding. What kind of impact does your wedding menu actually have on the overall celebration?

 

“Personal achievements in life are one thing, but your wedding day is the most sublime, joyous and heartfelt day in your life that you get to share with your closest family and friends – it’s a celebration of your love for one another!

 

There are lots of elements involved to create this perfection. A beautiful venue and pretty pictures just make up half of the scene. Great food and fine wine shared over laughter, tears of joy and sated stomachs makes up the rest!”

 

 

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We also asked Morgan for her top tips on designing a memorable (and delicious) wedding menu for guests to enjoy. She had some great suggestions for putting a creative spin on your dining experience.

 

“Think outside of the box when it comes to the menu, and make the food an experience, rather than an afterthought!

 

For example, rather than the long sit-down experience, our venue is ideal for progressive dining. How about turning the entree into an afternoon of dining with live food bars scattered through the garden? Chefs are barbecuing, sashimi-ing, steaming and baking, right in front of your guests – the theatre and the aromas really set the scene.

 

This allows the bride and groom some time to relax and mingle with their guests. Once it gets dark, naturally sit down for a more serious main, and perhaps even drop the old-fashioned plated wedding cake concept in favour of a decadent dessert station!”

 

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Image by Figtree Wedding Photography

 

 

Morgan also shared some words of advice for the more practical side of things. Designing a menu can feel overwhelming, so what should couples keep in mind when organising food and drink?

 

“Don’t forget when selecting your menus that most of your guests have missed lunch on the day of a wedding. They may have been travelling or busy getting dressed – so some light canapes straight after the ceremony are advised!

 

Also, when considering a late night snack, remember this food needs to be available over an elongated period. Avoid a hot late night snack or anything that will look “sad” if left on a banquet table. A late night cheese station ticks every box – there’s nothing better than settling into a plush glass of red wine with a cheese plate in our stately lounge area.”

 

How to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast WeddingsHow to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast Weddings
Images by Cloud Catcher Studio

 

Food and drink can be one of the more costly elements of a wedding, so how can couples create a memorable dining experience while also being mindful of their budget? Morgan shared her top tips to keep alcohol costs down.

 

“We don’t all have a limitless budget when it comes to alcohol, but you can still sprinkle something a little more special into the drink selection!

 

A great way to offer a delicious cocktail option is to select one of our Pop Up bars. Think fresh seasonal white peach Belvedere Caipiroskas, or how about a round of espresso martinis? The cocktail bar can run for the first hour of the wedding (offering a limited amount) so you can keep a tab on the budget. Once they run out, they run out, and the staff can take your guests onto the next food and beverage experience.

 

A sneaky tip: a good way to balance out the extra costs spent on cocktails is to select a great quality, yet affordable, sparkling and white wine. Save some money here, as these are the two options that people (for better words) guzzle!”

 

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Image by Figtree Wedding Photography

 

And finally, we asked Morgan what couples could expect from their dining experience at Fins at Plantation House.

 

“When it comes to choosing your caterer and venue, our team goes above and beyond. Your menus will be crafted by celebrity chef Steven Snow and his team from Australia’s most award-winning restaurant. Our coordination staff are mature and professional with over 15 years hands-on experience in the wedding industry.

 

We understand your wedding day is one of the most important moments of your life and we will far exceed your expectations. Great food and wine is what we are about!”

 

How to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast Weddings How to Create an Unforgettable Dining Experience for your Wedding! | Fins Plantation House and Tweed Coast Weddings
Image by Figtree Wedding Photography

 

A huge thanks to Morgan for sharing her expert tips on creating a truly memorable dining experience. You can find more details about Fins at Plantation House through our directory, or head over to our blog to see our recent styled shoot at this stunning Tweed Coast venue!

If you’re keen to check out this beautiful space, Fins at Plantation House are having an Open Day on Sunday 15th July, head to their Facebook Page to stay updated with more details on the event.

 

TCW x

 

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