Afternoon tea is becoming an increasingly popular choice for weddings, and it is not hard to understand why. It creates a special, but intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Plus, it’s a quintessentially British choice – nearly everyone loves cakes, tea, and sandwiches, and it feels familiar and comforting whilst still feeling like a special occasion. At Broadoaks, we love afternoon tea and have great crockery in which to serve this most English of meals for your wedding day.
Afternoon tea as part of your Lake District wedding can also create some excellent casual photography opportunities, so make sure you tell your photographer if you want to grab some relaxed shots of your guests.
Here are a few things to think about if you are considering afternoon tea on your wedding day:
Wedding Afternoon Tea – Timing
When will the afternoon tea slot into the day? It is your wedding, so remember, you don’t have to stick with tradition and you can serve your favourite food (including an afternoon tea) at any point in the day. You can serve afternoon tea in place of a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, or instead of an evening buffet or as an extra slot during the day to keep your guests fed and happy. Afternoon tea can also be served the day before or after the wedding so the wedding party can gather together and enjoy each other’s company in the beautiful Broadoaks grounds.
Wedding Afternoon Tea – Quantity
The quantity of food served with an afternoon tea can be enough to replace a three-course meal or as simple as a mini afternoon snack. The quantity and inclusions of your afternoon tea depend on when you are choosing to serve it. From a full three-tiered affair to simple scones and jam, afternoon tea can be created to match your wedding and your needs.
Wedding Afternoon Tea – Great Setting
Styling your wedding is very important and the team at Broadoaks are experienced in creating the wedding you want, just the way you want it. Broadoaks is famous for it’s fabulous afternoon tea, all homemade by our accomplished in-house chef Sharon. Broadoaks not only has some great afternoon tea crockery it is also nestled in the heart of the Lake District with stunning grounds for your guests to enjoy and relax in. Whether you are eating indoors or outside, Broadoaks Country House will be the perfect backdrop for your special day.
Wedding Afternoon Tea – Think Outside the Box
While traditional cakes, scones, and sandwiches are excellent, you can introduce some new elements to your afternoon tea. Look into doughnuts instead of fairy cakes, which are a bit more ‘modern’. You can also introduce some exotic tea flavours – think whiskey and ginger, Jasmine, or fennel.
Wedding Afternoon Tea – Don’t Forget the Favours
You can send your guests home with some great mementoes from an afternoon tea. Mini pots of jams, chutneys, and marmalades are always well-received. You could also send them home with some tea, so they can have a cuppa and think of your special day!