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Catering Ideas for a Summer Beach Wedding

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With the beautiful Australian weather, getting married on the beach is a popular way to make your wedding day spectacular and memorable. For many people, taking advantage of the pleasant climate and moving the celebrations outdoors beats everyone being cooped up inside and lets everyone enjoy some fresh ocean air as they partake in the festivities.

If you are arranging a beach wedding, it's important to arrange the theme around your setting, or you risk having elements that just don't fit. In particular, you should make sure the food is appropriate for the beach. Here are some ideas to get you started with planning your wedding catering.

Use fresh, local seafood

Nothing goes with the seaside more than seafood, so it makes an excellent choice for your wedding catering.

You can either base all of the food around fish, or you could select a few dishes or ingredients to go with others if you want to provide more variety. Seafood works particularly well as a starter, especially if you're having red meat or other heavy foods for the main part of the meal.

Get the barbecue going

Barbecuing is an absolute classic when it comes to eating on the beach, so it could just be the perfect option for your wedding catering.

Don't just picture the typical burgers. A professional caterer can offer all sorts of amazing dishes that will impress your guests and keep everyone happy, and if they provide a full service, the grill will be manned so everything is taken care of.

Have a selection of cold dishes

If you're worried about the heat, keeping your catering cold is sometimes an appropriate way to feed the wedding party.

This is often in the form of a buffet so guests can help themselves to food they want, but it doesn't have to be. Cold dishes can be just as exciting as freshly-cooked ones, so talk to your caterer and see what ideas they have.

Choose ice cream for the dessert

Instead of heavy, rich desserts, ice cream is great for cooling people down while they enjoy a sweet treat at the end of their meal.

One way to do this is to create a sundae bar where people can choose their own ice cream and various toppings. If you want something a bit different, hire an ice cream van to park up and serve people when they're ready.