Wedding Venue Food Taster Day

I've not done a wedding blogpost or update for a while and we've managed to do so much in the last week in organising bits and pieces for the wedding, I have this and 2 other wedding blog posts in the making.. it's been a very exciting week to say the least.

Last weekend we got to visit our beautiful wedding venue; Makeney Hall in Belper, Derbyshire, and take part in a wedding taster day where we got to sample a selection of the food (and wine!) that we can choose from on our wedding day. The suite where we will have our "evening do" was all set up beautifully where we spent the afternoon and helped us with a few ideas - we have decided to upgrade our DJ package and add these L-O-V-E LED lights which I LOVE! They're huge and look fantastic.

We were joined by a few other couples that are having their wedding at the same venue and each couple had an individual table that had been set up amazingly to make it so personal to us with a selection of information cards about each course we were trying along with others that were available to choose from on the day.

Chloe, our amaaaazing wedding planner (who was in all honestly a big part of why we chose the venue) and her team had clearly gone into SO much effort with the food cards and the set up and it didn't go unnoticed.. it made me feel so welcome and even more excited for our big day! It was great to chat to the team inbetween and after courses to give our feedback or ask questions to help us prepare for our big challenge.. food picking!

To start with I had a soup selection while Nick had herbed toast with mozzarella and vine tomatoes.. clearly he liked it that much he'd eaten most of it before I'd even had the chance to get my camera out my bag! Which I can say I understand as when I tried the teeny piece he left me (so much for going halves on them all!) I was surprised at how much I like it considering I'm not a cheese fan. The only reason we decided against having it as a starter on our wedding is that it was quite big for a starter. After that and some of the 3 soups (I was kind and shared!) and his starter, Nick was full so thought it wouldn't be the best idea. The soups were lovely and were all so different.. I was partial to the Parsnip with the Apple Croutons.. purely as the apple croutons were insane! I'm just trying to decide how brave I can be in a white dress with tomato soup!

After the starter, we became classy and sophisticated with a 'palette cleanser'.. who'd have thought! It was a gorgeous champagne flavour with a cherry compote in the bottom! I won't lie, we found it quite random having almost a pudding style course inbetween starters and mains and probably won't be adding this to our meal on the day but it was nice to try something different.

Mains.. HOLY MOLY! This is where we are now totally confused and don't know which main's to select for our wedding breakfast. Nick had pork and I went for the lamb and both were beyond amazing and absolutely perfect. Don't get Nick started about the green beans being wrapped in bacon and as for the roast potatoes... mmhmmm! What I'd give to eat either of these right now. We shared eachothers again and we really don't know which to choose for our guests but we are going to head back to the next Makeney Taster day and hopefully try the Chicken and beef before we make the final choices.. although I'm sure this will just confuse us even more. I'm not a massive roast dinner fan but I couldn't even class this is a roast dinner, it was just on a totally different level! After going to weddings and having dry chicken or boring meals at black tie events, I was quite nervous but I was definitely happy with both meals and would be happy to have either on our day.

PUDDING! I don't think I've ever seen Nick so excited about anything.. EVER. Everyone had a pudding platter (there is a fancy word rather than platter but we'll stick with platter for now as I can't remember it!) in the idea of choosing between the 3 options for their wedding day but we simply couldn't decide between the chocolate torte (which I believe Nick would leave me for if he could marry a pudding instead), the lemon posset or a delicate little shortbread biscuit with cream and strawberries... so we're having all 3 set up like the below! This will be our official pudding on our wedding day. HOW EXCITING!

Obviously we couldn't eat all this food without having something to wash it down with so we got to try a couple of different proseccos, 6 wines (yes.. 6.. and it's safe to say the team were generous with their measurements!) and even a gorgeous raspberry mojito! We have selected our favourite wines and we think we've decided to go for the raspberry mojito in the 3 large cocktail containers on our day so :)

I'm so glad we have ticked a few things off the list and the food was a massive one! Even though we've not tried all the options, I'm glad we have a couple more Taster Days to go to this year to make the final decisions but we had a fantastic day.. if you're getting married and have arranged your venue, I'd suggest asking if they set up days like this to attend as it was so helpful and gave us more of an idea on what to expect. It was great to see Chloe too and have a natter and a catch up and start the official wedding planning! Only 581 days to go.


  1. I can't wait to have my wedding at makeney. 608 days to go.

  2. Wow you are so organised! We get married at Makeney in 519 days and I wasn't thinking of doing this until later on in the year! Lovely to hear about it though, can't wait to go food & wine tasting!

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