Exploring the Traditions behind a Wedding Breakfast

Do you know where the term wedding breakfast originated from? Should it only contain breakfast like foods? We explore the tradition behind the wedding breakfast, plus some delicious ideas you may want to try on your upcoming wedding day.

What is a Wedding Breakfast?

If you’ve been asked if you’re having a wedding breakfast, chances are you may be slightly confused. Is it something you should be having, even if you’re getting married in the afternoon or evening?

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The traditional wedding breakfast isn’t breakfast based. Instead, the term refers to it being the first meal a newlywed couple eat together. In years gone by, the couple would fast from the night before, breaking that fast with this, the first meal after their vows.

While the first use of the phrase isn’t exactly known, it’s believed it originated from Christian beliefs around the mid 1880’s. A church wedding was the only way marriages were formalised in the past. To prepare themselves for the mass, the couple would fast so they were able to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. The priest would then bless and hand out a selection of cakes, wine and sweetmeats to the couple and their guests. This was a ‘break-fast’, which then began being called the wedding breakfast.

Since then, the tradition of an after ceremony meal continues into modern times. Most newlyweds have some sort of reception at their wedding which includes food and drink. Prince William and Catherine hosted their wedding breakfast and an evening meal, but details are sketchy as to what they ate. For you though, we’ve put together a great list of delicious ideas worthy of the royals!

Delicious Wedding Breakfast Ideas

If you’re at the planning stage of your after-ceremony meal, then have we got some amazing ideas for you! Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Afternoon tea – save money and host a less formal afternoon tea. From cucumber sandwiches through to pastries and scones, there’s something everyone will love.
  • BBQ – forget sausages on the BBQ: we’re thinking kebabs, burgers and corn on the cob. Don’t forget some scrummy salads too.
  • Street food – kind of like what you’d expect from a food truck, think along the lines of woodfired pizzas, curries, noodles and donuts.
  • Dessert table – if you love dessert, serve it to your guests! There’s nothing to say you need to provide the usual ‘meat and three vege’ at your wedding reception!
  • Buffet – everyone loves a buffet style, whether it’s food which is eaten with fingers or utensils. Being able to choose what you what and in the perfect quantities is always popular.

We have plenty of other great ideas for your wedding breakfast too, so be sure to check them out!

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