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Steal Your Wedding Reception Menu from the Royal Wedding

By Alice Prendergast, on 21/05/18
Alice Prendergast
Steal Your Wedding Reception Menu from the Royal Wedding
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Want to take a page from Harry and Meghan’s book when creating your wedding reception menu? Here’s how to do it!

Need a bit of wedding reception menu inspo? We suggest turning to the royal wedding. Harry and Meghan served up some truly mouthwatering canapés, mains, desserts and more on their big day, and we’ve got all the details for you. You may not be able to pull off quite as extravagant a feast - they served a whopping 7,500 items of food, after all - but looking through their wedding menu will definitely get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s how to steal your wedding reception menu from the royal wedding.

THE CANAPÉS
The royal wedding guests were spoilt for choice with seven savoury options to choose from. There were bite-sized eats available for vegetarians and meat-eaters, so no guest was left hangry. While you may not have the budget to offer as many varieties (seven is a lot), you could probably serve one or two canapés inspired by their menu.

What Harry and Meghan served:

  1. Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche
  2. Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham
  3. Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena
  4. Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls
  5. Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot
  6. Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam
  7. Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes

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THE MAINS
Unsurprisingly, the royal wedding went all out with the mains and served them as bowl food so that guests could enjoy them as they mixed and mingled. The happy couple wasn’t serving plain ‘ol dishes like herbed chicken and rice or salmon and salad - they got super gourmet for their wedding reception menu. Using locally sourced ingredients was a big theme and the dishes featured fresh vegetables and high quality, free range meats. Even if these dishes don’t appeal to you, we suggest following their lead and looking for wedding suppliers that put an emphasis on shopping locally and using organic produce so that you and your guests get the best of the best.

What Harry and Meghan served:

  1. Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks
  2. Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps
  3. Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling

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DESSERT
What’s a wedding without dessert? The royal wedding served a few sweet treats, but the wedding cake (naturally) stole the show. It was a lemon, elderflower and buttercream creation by Clair Ptak of Violet Bakery and looked absolutely divine on display (we imagine it tasted great, too). You may not be able to commission a cake from Ptak herself (she’s probably in high demand at the moment), but you can definitely steal its style and flavour profile.

What Harry and Meghan served:

  1. Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons
  2. Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets
  3. Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets
  4. Elderflower and Lemon Curd Wedding Cake

Caviar & Chips

DRINKS
If you’re in need of some drink inspo, look no further. The royal reception bar was stocked with champagne, a selection of wines and an elderflower mocktail that mimicked the taste of the wedding cake. The VIP after party got a little boozier thanks to the addition of the couple’s signature cocktail, which was a mix of rum and ginger (playfully dubbed “When Harry Met Meghan”). If you want to steal their drink style, we suggest going with something like a modified Moscow Mule or an amped up Rye and Ginger.

What Meghan and Harry served:

  1. Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne
  2. Selection of wines
  3. Elderflower mocktail
  4. Rum and ginger cocktails (served at the after party)

Caviar & Chips

LATE NIGHT SNACKS
If you plan on your party lasting until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll want to add some late night snacks to your wedding reception menu. Harry and Meghan went the all-American route and served burgers and candy floss, and we highly suggest you follow suit. Who doesn’t love carby goodness in the middle of the night? No one.

What Harry and Meghan served:

  1. Dirty Burgers
  2. Candy Floss

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