5 Fun Catering Ideas for a Summer Wedding

There are many benefits of a summer wedding, most notably the warmer weather and long days, allowing you to make the most of an alfresco wedding. It also offers you more unique catering options for your big day.

Here we take a look at 5 fun catering ideas for your summer wedding which your guests will love and make your wedding day one to remember!

Wedding BBQ

Is there really any surprise that this summer wedding catering option is first on our list?! Summer + food = BBQ

The Food

Whilst burgers and sausages are a classic and generally an all round crowd pleaser, if you wanted to serve something a little more special for your big day, a BBQ can easily be tailored to suit a specific theme or dietary requirements.

Think fillet of seabass with salsa verdi, marinated prawns, specialist cuts of meat, chargrilled vegetables and fresh complimentary salads.

How to Serve it

Whilst a BBQ is a much more laid back way of serving food, the seating plan could still be a fairly formal affair if you wanted with a proper seating plan. Alternatively, continue with the laid back theme with picnic blankets or benches, hay bales or tables with and allow guests to sit where they like.

Check out BBQ menu ideas here.

A Summer Cocktail Bar

What better way to kick off the reception than greeting your guests with a cold and fruity cocktail to keep them refreshed and get them in the party mood!

The Drinks

Pimms is a british summer classic and a great option when catering for lots of guests. Alternative designing and naming your own personalised cocktail is a great way to continue with your theme and offer something really special and unique. Mojitos, Pina Coladas and Daiquiris are always a favourite too!

How to serve it

At a bar of course! Make sure there is access to electricity for refrigeration!

Find out more about our drinks and bar service.

Spit Roast

This maybe one of the most popular options for food for evening guests, but there’s no reason you can’t serve this up as the main meal!

The Food

Serve your spit roast alongside an array of relishes, vegetables, salads, chips or potatoes and make to turn it into a ‘proper’ meal.

How to serve it

Serve buffet style with guests going up to get their spit roast and then choose their sides. Again the seating plan could be as formal or as informal as you like.

Wedding Picnic

If the thought of creating a seating plan is giving you stress, why not just host a wedding picnic where your guests can sit where ever takes their fancy!

Image courtesy of whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

The Food

Keep it classic with a finger buffet of sandwiches, pork pies, poached eggs, cheese, meats and quiche. If you fancy something a little different, a cold buffet of mezzes, terrines, quiches, salads and roast meats can offer a more formal dining experience.

How to serve it

Present as a buffet allowing your guests to serve themselves, or asks guest to take a seat on their picnic blankets and handout pre-made picnic baskets. Who said you can’t have table service whilst sat on a blanket!

Ice Cream Van

A summer’s day wouldn’t be complete without ice cream – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

Image courtesy of dottyabouticecream.co.uk

The Food

Offer your guests a range of flavours and find out if any of your guests have a dairy intolerances or are vegan. Sorbets and dairy free ice cream are becoming more common option and will ensure guests with dietary requirements are catered for.

How to serve it

Hire an ice cream van for the ultimate WOW factor like this one from Dotty About Ice Cream! The ice cream could be served when your guests arrive at the wedding reception or as dessert after the main meal!

Find out more about our services and how we can create a bespoke catering experience for your special day here or get in touch with us at sales@francseventcatering.com.

Mr & Mrs Hans

"Dear Louise,

We would just like to thank you for making our Gold Wedding Anniversary such a memorable occasion. Once you and your daughter arrived we felt completely confident that the day would run smoothly.

The food was delicious, a sentiment echoed by all our guests and your services were quietly efficient. We would certainly employ your business for any future events."

“Your attention to detail from the conception to the night itself and the cleaning up was second to none. All our guests commented not only on how gorgeous the canapés were but also the excellent service from the team and boy were they kept busy! Glasses never seemed to run dry. The extra little touches were much appreciated.”


“I would like to thank Nick and all your staff at Francs Event Catering for providing the catering at our recent function for 75 people. The menus and food were excellent and many people have commented to me how much they enjoyed the food. Everything ran very smoothly, nothing was too much trouble, the staff were helpful and engaging and you were all so professional, yet friendly too. In addition I can say that dealing with you from the very first meeting when ideas were being discussed to the day itself, was a pleasure. I would definitely use you again and strongly recommend you to anyone else”


“The party was a fabulous success, and thank you so much for all that you did to help make this possible. The food, and service were fantastic thank you - we had very, many compliments about the catering and service, in glowing terms.”


“Many thanks for, yet again, making our summer barbecue a day to remember!
You and your team were excellent - enabling us to really relax and enjoy the event knowing you were on hand to organise everything. Your staff were professional and attended to our guest’s requirements so efficiently. As with previous years, being able to arrange everything through yourselves - glasses, crockery, staff etc. really made planning the event alongside you a please from start to finish. The food was again exceptional - several people are still commenting on how phenomenal the beef was.”
"I just wanted to take the opportunity to express my thanks for the excellent catering services provided. The carefully chosen selection of canapés fitted perfectly with the Parisian theme of the evening and the service was extremely professional.”
"I want to thank you and your team for all your hard work as well as your professionalism and excellence on the day. The food was fabulous and of a very high standard. You had to work to a very tight schedule and had less than a month to organise a menu and hot food for almost 200 people, and this is something that we would like to say a special thank you for.”


"I just wanted to take the time to thank you, Nick and your team for throwing superb event for us on Saturday night. The food was of an exceptional standard, all the guests commented on the quality. I find it hard to understand how Nick and his team were able to deliver food that good to so many people from our garage. The service was uniformly perfect no one was short of a drink, top up or food all night. All delivered with reassuring professionalism and engaging friendliness. The organisation was seamless and completely trouble free dove tailing with the other service providers. I can’t recommend Francs catering enough."

Elaine and Tony

"Hi Louise, Nick and Kate

We just wanted to give our heartfelt thanks for creating such a smoothly ran operation at our home a few weeks ago. The stress was quelled from the start with your professionalism and assurances that what we wanted could easily be achieved for 30 friends and family. But besides taking on all the organising you did for us we really must mention the canapés and dinner you prepared for all of us. Mouthwatering, perfectly cooked and presented: all from my kitchen! You are truly the epitome of efficiency and made the whole affair so worth doing. You were even discreet throughout the meal and even cleared up everything after too. So worth it! Thanks again"

"Omg! What can I say? Incredible food! Everyone is singing your praises! It's not everyday that I get up staged! Thank you so much for all your hard work and making Jim's 90th so special. Wedding here we come!"


"I wanted to say how absolutely delighted we were with the catering at the ball! Everyone was very happy with the food and really enjoyed it. Our guests with special dietary requirements also commented on how well they were looked after!

Thank you so very much for such a professional service, we wouldn’t hesitate to book Francs again!"


"We chose Francs to do the catering for our wedding in October 2018...We weren’t disappointed, as they cooked & served one of the best meals we’ve ever had, all from a small kitchen in a village hall. We had a great tasting session at Sale FC Rugby Club where 4 of us were able to sample each menu choice that we’d discussed in a previous meeting, and were helped to decide what we wanted on the night.  

We will definitely be using Francs again in the future, as they combined superb food quality & excellent service within an overall affordable price."

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"We would like to thank Francs for providing such a great catering experience for our 20th Anniversary Party at the Marquee Room, Bowdon Rugby Club on 27th April, 2019.  Louise was great to work with throughout the entire process, from designing our menu, to planning the order of events of the evening, and very accommodating of any changes we needed to make in the run-up to the party . The menu was thoughtfully planned, with special consideration for options for our vegetarian and vegan guests – all of whom raved about the food!

We at the Medicines Evaluation Unit would strongly recommend Francs for catering for any event - they played an integral part in making our 20th Anniversary celebration a great success!"


"Just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for a great night on Saturday at the Bowdon Summer Party.  The feedback from the food has been absolutely first class.  Everyone loved the street food vibe and all the comments have been brilliant.  All your staff are really great as well – super professional and incredibly helpful."

Roger & Ann

'Fortunately Francs Event Catering was recommended to us as the best in the area as they did everything to confirm this leadership. Organisationally they gave us total confidence that whatever we needed they could handle and on the night nothing was too much trouble. The food was 'wonderful' and due to meticulous planning was enjoyed by everybody despite many different dietary requirements. We can do nothing but confirm that without their flair and professionalism our evening would not have been it's undoubted success. Our many thanks to Louise and her team.'

Katrina and Pete

"Louise, Nick and team at Francs have been absolutely amazing in catering our wedding in Derbyshire in June 2019! Right from the start Louise put us at ease in terms of the planning side, helping us navigate the blank canvas venue that we had picked in Derbyshire with numerous phone calls - going above and beyond! We had canapés and a full wedding breakfast for 120 people with quite an array of dietary requirements. Not only was the food utterly delicious throughout and highly complimented, but Nick and team also had to battle pretty extreme weather conditions with a storm hitting just as we sat down to eat! We barely noticed the inclement weather, such was the smoothness of the service! Francs served all the drinks from champagne through to staffing the bar in the evening - all in good humour and they were extremely accommodating of the drinks menu we’d picked with a gin bar! The next day Francs came back and did the lions share of the cleaning up - a massive help! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Francs to anyone and would certainly use them in the future!"


"We were delighted that we used Francs for our wedding catering. From the initial meeting to the end result we were looked after and nothing was too much trouble. The food options were great and the food on the day was lovely and plentiful. Our wedding reception went off without a hitch thanks to Louise and her diligence. We would highly recommend to anyone requiring catering for a function."

(Written by our clients to KLB Catering Ltd t/a Francs Event Catering)

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