Award-winning TopHat Catering provides an inspiring blend of fabulous seasonal food, fresh ideas and professionalism. Having catered for prestigious dinners for the US Ambassador and the former Prime Minister David Cameron, London-based TopHat has been voted one of Tatler’s top party caterers and is recommended by Quintessentially Weddings. Roya Nathwani, TopHat’s Head of Events, shares her advice for planning your wedding catering.
What’s the most important thing a couple should consider when choosing a caterer for their wedding?
Finding a caterer who can create their vision. A great wedding caterer will be flexible and creative with the menu in order to create the couple’s desired style. They should be willing to go above and beyond.
What questions should a couple ask a wedding caterer before booking them?
It seems obvious but always check that they have catered a wedding before. It’s important to understand the caterer’s experience as catering for a corporate event is very different to catering for a wedding.
Which elements of the catering make the difference between a good wedding and a great one?
The menu should be personal to the bride and groom. You can’t always please everyone but as long as there is plenty of food and drink, it will be a great wedding. Of course, the service standard is key in bringing the whole thing together. Our team is always fully briefed and delivers a personal service to a couple’s family and friends.
When it comes to quantities, how many canapés etc should the couple allow per guest?
It depends on the timings of the wedding reception, but generally we would recommend four canapés per person for an hour-long reception.
What are the major catering trends at the moment?
We have seen a big rise in interactive dining which gets guests involved. Also, the wedding breakfast is becoming much more of an experience, with big cuts of meat being carved at the table, sharing boards and wooden barbecue pits among the trends. For the more conventional, sit-down, three-course-style wedding breakfast, we are receiving a lot of requests to create a modern interpretation of a classic dish.
Which is your most popular dish at weddings?
Our menus are bespoke to suit the requirements of each couple. We try to find out as much as possible about our bride and groom and to understand what food they love, so we can create a seasonal menu which reflects their personalities.