Featured Post – Holden’s Catering

Good morning ladies!

Today on the blog we have our Lush List caterers Holden’s Catering who are based in Caredigion, West Wales.

We here at Cwtch have personally experienced Tom’s catering in a wedding and it was amazing!  It was so unique and completely personalised to the couple here they give us their top tips for customising your catering for your big day.

Team Holden's Catering

Three Reasons To Customise Your Wedding Catering

Planning your wedding day is like planning the party of your dreams – and a big part of throwing a truly unforgettable party is having an impressive spread of food and drinks that will delight your guests and keep them satisfied. Once the celebration is said and done the food and drink is likely to be one of the most talked about elements of your big day.

Holden's Catering - Champagne

As a bespoke wedding caterer we love to work closely with couples to design wedding menus that fit their wedding theme or a special location that they have chosen for their wedding.

Holden's Catering New Quay wedding

Here are a few ideas from us about why you should consider choosing a caterer that can offer you a bespoke service to provide exactly what you want for your special day.

  1. Make Your Wedding Day Dreams Come True!

The very first thing we ask a bride and groom when we start planning their menu is for them to tell us what their dreams are for the food on their wedding day.

For us, that is ALWAYS the starting point – listening to their wildest imagination for their wedding food, and working with them to tailor a unique and very special menu that will be perfect for achieving the wedding day of their dreams.

Holden's Catering - oysters

  1. Keep on Trend

You know as well as us that couples are increasingly taking a more relaxed approach to the traditional wedding breakfast and it’s fascinating to see how the idea of wedding fare is evolving.

Many couples still love the idea of a delicious three course sit down wedding breakfast to start their married life, and we work with them to make this meal exactly what they want it to be.

But we also love adventure, novelty and doing things a bit differently.

picnic hamper

So far this season we have provided festival themed food stations, rustic style sharing platters, great big barbecues, picnic hampers, enormous paellas, seaside weddings with fish and chip suppers. We can offer a bespoke option for any type of wedding – whether it’s on trend or something off the wall and completely unique!


Holden's Catering - Sharing boards 1

  1. Keep Everyone Happy

The great thing about a bespoke menu is that it offers you the opportunity to accommodate different tastes, preferences and also special dietary requirements without leaving some guests feeling alienated with a completely different food experience to everyone else. Sharing Platters are a fantastic way to accommodate different tastes, and always provide a great talking point among guests.

Holden's Catering BBQ Sharing Board

The most important thing for us is making sure that every couple’s day runs exactly how they want it to, and our job is to craft and serve every plate, dish, platter, slate board, or picnic hamper of food just how YOU want it.

Holden's Catering trio of desserts

And at the end of the day we measure our success by empty plates and smiling faces. And of course hearing that the guests are still talking about the food long after the day is over….

Holden's Catering picnic hampers

Tom Holden’s Top Three Tips for Brides

Tom Holden is Head Chef and owner of Holden’s Catering. He has catered for weddings from 25 to 475 guests.

Here are Tom’s top three tips for brides:

Tom on the BBQ

  1. Book Early: Last year we had to turn down over 30 brides because were already booked on the dates that they wanted. Make sure you get in early so that you can book the caterer of your choice for your chosen wedding date.

Holden's Catering Rustic Wedding place setting

  1. Find a caterer than can interpret your ideas: You may be surprised to learn how much of a good working relationship we form with all of our brides, especially in the weeks leading up the big day. Finding someone that understands what you need and that you can communicate with easily is very important.

Holden's Catering wedding cocktails

  1. The devil is in the detail: If you want to make sure that the food, drinks and service are EXACTLY how you want them then make sure you give your caterer as much information as possible.

Holden's Catering - meringues

To find out more about Holden’s Catering and see what people have said about our Wedding Catering then take a look at our website www.holdenscatering.com

Holden's Catering - BBQ veggie kebabs

Holden's Catering - Marquee wedding

Holden's Catering - Vanilla Cheesecake

Holden's Catering canapes board

Holden's Catering Tom and bride

Midweek Mini: Nia & Paddy’s Picnic Themed Wedding

The star of our midweek mini features this week is the amazing dad of our lovely reader Nia. Nia & Paddy got married on the 23rd of May at St. Matthews Church in Llanelwedd then had their picnic themed reception at Jubilee Hall
All images in this post are by Jenna Loves Photography.
We were incredibly blessed to have the sunshine down on us for our picnic themed wedding! The hay bales were set, picnic food laid out, wood chopped, cupcakes displayed, the florist had matched the church to our hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’ perfectly. The morning preparations had gone smoothly, I was all set to become a wife to the love of my life!!!
Two memories that stand out from the day both include two very important men to me! My husband and my Dad!  Now between myself and hubbie we have 5 children, yes it’s a mad house! I will never forget in his speech how he spoke so fondly about each one, noting their characteristics, it made me realise how lucky we are to have such a strong family unit, cemented by our wedding day. I felt so proud to have married this very special husband, Father and Step-Father!

Now then my Dad isn’t much of a talker! He didn’t want to speak, so why put pressure on him? However what he lacks in public speaking he sure makes up for in dance moves!! We did a ‘Father/Daughter’ dance to his favourite song ‘Bad Moon Rising’. It was fast paced, and Dad twirled, dropped to his knees and pretty much nailed the performance! A very proud daughter to have a Dad at the age of 72 that can still dance like that!

Thank you for telling us your story Nia! It looks like you had a fabulous day.

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