How to embrace alfresco dining on your wedding day

Alfresco dining on your wedding day

With the weather getting warmer by the day, the excitement is certain to be building for couples planning to tie the knot during summer. Whether your wedding date is this year (courtesy of our late availability offers) or a couple of years down the line, organising an occasion that complements the season is a must.

Choosing beautiful botanical bridal earrings or finding a hairstyle that’s made for your outdoor ceremony is however just the beginning.

Here at Clearwell Castle, you can say “I do” alfresco in our stunning Bandstand – complete with a fairy-tale castle backdrop! You can also take advantage of our fantastic outdoor catering options. Read on to discover how to embrace alfresco dining on your wedding day.

Enjoy your canapés outside

Whilst canapés aren’t a requirement for weddings, they do add a special touch to proceedings as The Wedding Community details:

“As well as being little mouthfuls of deliciousness, wedding canapés also have many other benefits. They might be small but they play a significant role during all wedding receptions. They prepare your guests for the main wedding meal and are served in a way that allows people to mix and mingle. Often this is the point in proceedings where you head off for photographs, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get to eat what you choose!”

Whilst it’s our policy that the wedding breakfast is served indoors in the dining room, we provide the option to have your wedding canapés served outdoors to ensure you can really make the most of our venue and that beautiful weather.

Serve a great British classic

Alternative timelines for afternoon tea style receptions are becoming more and more popular for marrying couples. What’s more British than afternoon tea after all?

At Clearwell Castle, your afternoon tea can be served alfresco. This means you and your guests can enjoy our expertly prepared, locally sourced goodies whilst overlooking our spectacular grounds.

Choose a backyard BBQ or roast

A BBQ or hog roast provides an excellent alternative to the traditional evening buffet. In fact, it’s already a popular choice at our summer weddings.

Whether you’re looking for a more casual dining option or want to deliver a show-stopping experience that never fails to impress wedding guests, a barbecue or hog roast will tick all the right boxes. Adding this to your evening reception is a must during summer, with both options available here at Clearwell.

Our top tips for alfresco dining

Have you chosen our canapés, afternoon tea, BBQ or hog roast option for your summer wedding extravaganza?  It is important to remember that whilst our wedding coordinators will do everything possible to ensure your big day dreams come true, you have to be prepared for anything! This includes having a Plan B for your alfresco dining.

Our outdoor catering options are all weather dependent. If the weather isn’t playing ball on your wedding day, you can have your alfresco fare – including the hog roast which is cooked undercover (or backstage) during bad weather – served indoors.

To find out more about the indoor and outdoor catering options available here at Clearwell Castle, please get in touch with our team today.

If you have any questions relating to having your wedding at Clearwell Castle, please don't hesitate to call Charlotte via the contact details below:


T: 01594 832 320

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