How to lay on a posh wedding picnic on your big day and keep costs down

Picnics are something many of us have enjoyed over the years. Whether it’s been at a birthday party or in the park with the family, there are so many times it can be tempting to lay out a blanket and enjoy a the great outdoors. Plus, picnics mean we get to enjoy a huge selection of food all at once, as well as getting to sit all together. Could it get any better? If you want to bring a splash of summertime to your big day, then we have just the plan on how to lay on a posh picnic on your wedding day and keep costs down.

To blanket or not to blanket?

Of course, one of the most iconic parts of any picnic is the blanket. The question is: will you be using a picnic blanket on your big day? If you’re outside and don’t mind getting down for dinner, then this can be the perfect way to get all your guests talking. Plus, to keep costs down, you could ask your guests to bring their own. This saves money with name cards as well as getting all your guests to mingle together.

Grass-up the table

If you don’t want to use blankets but still want a picnic feel, then we have the perfect posh alternative for you. Fake grass. Yes, this can be bought in rolls from many internet stores and can act as table runners. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy all the outdoors of a picnic while still keeping it classy at the table. If you want to go one step further, you could even invest in some mini potted plants that can act as wedding favours at the end of the night. It’s perfect.

Mason jars, mason jars, mason jars

These jars have been just about everywhere in recent years, and there’s a good reason: they’re cheap and can be used for just about anything. Laying on a posh wedding picnic is just another excuse for them to come into their own. They can be the perfect way to serve up your drinks, can act as cutlery holders, and can even be a way to keep sauces fresh.

DIY drinks bars

Cocktails can be a brilliant way to jazz up any event, especially when it comes to the wedding picnic. That doesn’t mean you have to pay a fortune for a bartender to stand there all night making the same cocktails over and over again. Instead, why not choose a few of your favourites and set up a cocktail making bar? All you need to do is have the ingredients you need, such as any drinks accompaniments (olives, fruit pieces etc.) and, of course, the alcohol, and have a simple recipe for your guests to follow. They’ll get to have fun mixing their own drinks while you get to stick to your budget.

Cut the crust

What can be better at a picnic than a host of finger food that’s easy to eat and tastes delicious? There’s a reason the Queen holds a garden party filled with finger sandwiches every summer – they’re sophisticated! However, we’re not here to throw just any wedding picnic; we want only the best. And it’s all about the finer details. Cutting the crusts off your sandwiches is one way to give your food the extra wow factor without paying for any extras.

Invest in a basket

Now, buying enough picnic baskets to accommodate all of your guests could soon get pretty pricey. Instead, why not use one main basket as the centrepiece for your wedding picnic? One option is to incorporate it into your food table as the central decoration. Another option is to use the picnic basket as somewhere to store cutlery or blankets and let your guests help themselves. We couldn’t have a picnic without the basket, could we?

Keep it seasonal

One sure fire way to make sure you stick to your budget for your picnic wedding is by choosing seasonal food. This could be by selecting options from a caterer that are in season, or heading to a local farmer’s market where you can browse all the produce on offer. Asparagus, nectarines, rhubarb, strawberries, and tomatoes are all in season throughout the summer and make the perfect picnic food.

Picnics are the perfect way to bring everyone together. So maybe it’s no surprise they could be an option for your wedding day? Don’t think you have to go over budget for your catering either. These ideas on how to lay on a posh wedding picnic for the big day will keep things classy and at a sensible price.

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