Brides and groom’s, listen up! Are you still on the hunt for your wedding caterers and are looking for something that’s a bit different? A catering service that will not only offer your guests yummy food but also an experience that they won’t forget. If the answer is yes then you are going to love Boxed Weddings. Brand new to our festival wedding directory, Boxed weddings offer luxury, homemade feasting style food all packed in a gorgeously decorated apple crate. The idea is that every one of your tables will receive it’s own crate which will be beautifully styled depending on your wedding theme and filled with artisan food. Your guests will then send their taste buds into a frenzy as they help themselves to the treats inside. We’re talking about homemade breads, chutneys, pies, quiches, cheese, cakes, meats, salads. You name it, they make it. Every one of their feasting boxes are unique, bespoke and tailored to each individual couples’ style and taste so just let them know what style of food you would like, and they will make it happen.
I was lucky enough to meet Esther, Becky and Sam, the 3 lovely ladies behind Boxed Weddings, back in September when they attended our open day at our woodland wedding venue in Kent. They bought a crate along for us to try and my goodness was I in my element. Everything I sampled was delicious and I kept going back for more! I especially loved Becky’s delicious and beautiful roasted root vegetable quiche that was in the shape of a rose. So very clever and so very yummy.
We asked the ladies a few questions about their gorgeous feasting boxes and what they can offer you for your wedding….
Tell us a little bit about yourselves?
We live on the Sussex Coast where our beautiful Sea Side kitchen is based. Esther and Becky have many years experience with food. Becky is a trained patisserie chef and Esther has acquired a vast knowledge, great contacts and baking experience from delis, charcutiers, butchers and restaurants she has been involved with. Sam has a gardening and Bush Craft background, she is very creative and imaginative with flowers and foliage and loves foraging and using locally sourced wild elements to personalise the feasting boxes.
If you had the chance to go to any music festival, which one would it be and why?
Sam loves festivals. Latitude has been a favourite recently. Great music with a friendly vibe, tasty food and lots to see.
We would all love to experience a colourful festival in India together!
Tell us a little bit more about Boxed Weddings and the beautiful feasting boxes you provide?
Often we take picnics to the beach. Esther’s friends were getting married and asked if she would recreate a similar feast for their wedding breakfast as they hoped for a relaxed affair. The food was arranged in old apple crates which were decorated with flowers…and Boxed was born!
The feasting boxes are designed for sharing and suit any occasion from a festival style wedding in a woodland, canvas tent, marquee or tipi, to a rustic barn or manor house banquet. They are unique, bespoke and tailored to the couples’ style and taste and provide a beautiful centrepiece for an informal yet high end dining experience.
You mentioned your boxes are designed for your guests to share. How does this work and what style of food do you offer?
The feasting Boxes amply feed 10 people each and look beautiful on mass, with the boxes decorated with foliage and flowers inside and out. The menu is also bespoke from traditional picnic fayre to grazing boxes full of anti-pasti, olives and artisan breads. Becky also makes the most delicious cakes. Three courses could be combined in a box to provide a banquet fit for a king with pate and legs of meat and super salads or couples could choose a dessert box with tasty cakes piled high. Vegan guests would not be disappointed either. The girls are amazing with spices too for the more exotic taste buds. The boxes are placed in the centre of the table for guests to dive into and help themselves.
Your food sounds absolutely delicious! Out of all of the different menus that you do, do you have a favourite and why?
Becky makes the most delicious and beautiful roasted root vegetable quiches that resemble a rose, there is a picture on our website. I also can’t resist her chocolate tart. Esther makes fabulous scotch eggs which are hugely popular. A grazing box looks amazing for a continental feel.
What are the benefits of having a boxed wedding feasting box over a more traditional sit-down meal?
The uniqueness of the idea and the sharing element of our feasts can be a great ice breaker as guests discover, unwrap and pass around the contents… its all quite exciting finding out what surprises are in there. Combining food and décor – the dining is relaxed and look so beautiful they are a definite talking point.
Our boxes are so flexible…a last minute change of plan and they can be moved to a lawn or a straw bale, instead of an inside table.
We also pride ourselves on our sustainability and have recently joined the Sustainable Weddings Movement. There is minimal packaging and waste, no plastic, locally sourced food, frequently wild or home grown foliage and of course the boxes are recycled apple crates. They are also different; unique…we are proud to be leading the way in this style of feasting. I think couples are always looking for original touches that make their wedding individual and special.
As well as providing delicious food, what else makes Boxed weddings stand out from a crowd?
Informal, relaxed weddings are so popular now but we feel brides would like ‘The wedding breakfast’ to look spectacular. The boxes require no queuing by a van or for a hog roast. They have a surprise element that grazing tables miss and yet the food looks as stunning as the decoration. Several brides have said they would like the boxes to be a surprise for their guests. They look so beautiful and taste delicious.
If our readers were to book Boxed Weddings for their catering, what sort of service can they expect? Do you offer tasting sessions?
We would initially arrange a meeting with the happy couple for them to taste our food and to get to know all their plans, tastes, colours, flower choices or theme. We would spend time getting to know them and together plan a menu. Once decisions have been made we would liaise with their florists and could meet with the couple again, a month before the big day, visit the venue, liaise with the wedding planner and make sure everything is as it should be, always keeping in contact and making any required alterations.
On the big day. The boxes are prepared and delivered, placed in situ and cleared away afterwards. Couples are welcome to discuss further service requirements and we are happy to provide staffing should this be required.
Finally, what’s your quote/motto at Boxed Weddings?
Think inside and outside the box – Life is a picnic!
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