This is it – we are coming to the end of the British summer, 2016. It’s been hot and sunny for the last two weeks and apparently we’ve got another couple of days left before it’s all over and we go back to being cold and damp (with the occasional half day of sunshine) for the next eleven months. But this is what we enjoy about being British. Moaning about the weather whilst shivering.
So if you are one of the lucky few who has your wedding during the annual fortnight of good weather, what do you need to incorporate at your wedding in order to make sure your day goes as well as possible?
Well, as owner of the UK’s only specialist mobile wedding creperie, I’m inevitably going to say you need crepes at your wedding. Lots of crêpes, with lots of choices and lots of happy guests. Crepes work well in winter or summer, in hot weather or cold, in sunshine or rain, so you know that you aren’t going to have any kind of “eating ice cream in the snow” type disasters if you hire our crepes van like for your wedding catering.
But I digress. Back to the summer…
Putting food aside for one minute, in hot weather, it’s perhaps even more important for you to consider what to offer as drinks and that’s got to be – cold beer. Lots of cold beer, in bottles for the guests to grab and stand outside whilst discussing how long it will be before the weather breaks and how uncomfortably hot it all is.
Ok, that’s the decison made on what type of drink to offer, but what brand? Over the many years of attending weddings we’ve noticed the change in the “default” beer brand used at most weddings. We are in the era of Peroni. There is no doubt about that.
So that’s the choice of beer sorted as well. Easy. Next matter to consider – how is it to be cooled?
Your venue may insist that it is bought directly from them, chilled in their fridges to the optimum temperature and “corked” by bar staff, poured into a sparkly clean glass and served with a soft white napkin. Nothing wrong with that. It can be very nice to be served and pampered in fact.
But in recent times, I’m favouring the other commonly seen method – a small tin bath, filled with ice cubes and bottles of Peroni with a couple of bottle openers on a small table nearby. Your guests help themselves, grab a really icy cold beer from the bath and drink it straight from the bottle (then wander over to our crepe stand and order a nice savoury wedding special pancake.)
I prefer this method because it is the kind of arrangement you only see at weddings. Throughout our lives, we’ve all been to countless bars and been served countless beers by countless faceless barstaff. So helping yourself to a beer from an ice-filled tin bath is a much more memorable, distinctive and stylish option.
Very much like having Original Crêpes at your wedding – which is why I’m all in favour.