Wedding services

Catering

One of the most important rules at any wedding is to make sure your guests are well fed & watered. Sate their appetites with generous dollopings of food & drink and you'll find they'll remember your wedding as the best wedding they ever attended.

There is nothing worse than getting up at the crack of dawn, getting dressed in wedding finery to attend a destination wedding in an exotic, outdoor locale only to find that there are no drinks available pre nor post marriage ceremony. Remember, Gibraltar is a hot country...just getting from A to B is going to make you thirsty so whilst you may not be feeling the heat nor thirst due to being drunk on love already, your guests are certainly going to be feeling it indeed!

Consider laying on mini bottles of water upon arrival at your wedding venue to cool guests down. It shows them you care. Post ceremony, have a few bottles of chilled sparkling wine or, if your budget stretches to it, champagne, at the ready for your toast. This simple gesture will certainly wake everyone up and add a sparkle to the celebratory mood.

Of course, you may lay on more than just water such as soft drinks and juices, maybe some nibbles, but remember no alcohol is permitted in the same venue as where the legal ceremony will take place. If the registrar suspects alcohol has been served in the venue where he/she is now to conduct the ceremony, he/she can refuse to proceed with the nuptials and you can continue drowning your sorrows in what would have been your wedding venue!

We can arrange an al-fresco drinks and canapés reception if you're getting married in the botanical gardens or an intimate picnic for two or a few if you're a smaller wedding party and wish to enjoy the gardens for a bit longer. Waiter service is available in the gardens as you obviously don't want to be concerned with ensuring everyone's glasses are full whilst enjoying your moment. If you're getting married around the rooftop pool at the Eliott Hotel or at the poolside at the Rock Hotel, we can arrange for an informal tapas reception followed by a buffet or barbeque which is always a popular option. If tradition is more your style, then nothing beats some elegant canapés with sparkling wine followed by a sit down, three course meal at the Rock or Caleta Hotels. Both venues offer a sumptuous choice of menus ranging from formal to informal. The Mons Calpe Suite at the top of the Rock also offers a fabulous choice of cuisine perfect for a wedding reception. We can also recommend a couple of nice waterside restaurants for a more relaxed ambience.

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Food in Gibraltar is a fantastic mix of Andalusia and Britain with influences from Malta, Italy, Portugal and nearby Morocco. Popular food choices in Gibraltar include Salmorejo as a starter which is a cold soup (gazpacho) originating from Cordoba in Spain. It is made with tomatoes, cream, garlic and lemon, sprinkled with chopped Serrano ham and egg. A really great choice when it's hot outside. Main courses generally consist of freshly caught fish of the day although chicken, beef and lamb are also widely available. Desserts include the usual suspects from the Italian favourite, tiramisu to the French fancy, crème brulee to the great British pudding, spotted dick!

Whatever you decide to do, we cannot stress the importance of ensuring the availability of free flowing food and drink at a wedding. It is especially important when your friends and relatives have taken time off work and spent good money to be with you on your special day and brought you a nice wedding gift!

We recall with great fondness a particularly generous bride who fed & watered her 35 guests FIVE TIMES during her wedding day. It was a very hot day and she had her outdoor wedding in the botanical gardens followed by a cable car ride up to the reception at the Rock Hotel. As it was an early start (wedding at 10am) and she knew many of the guests may not have had time for breakfast, she laid on soft drinks & juices with croissants & pastries for the guests upon arrival at the wedding venue. After the ceremony, there was sparkling wine and canapés served in the Lions Pond which is a lovely venue set deep inside the gardens.

The wedding party then walked the short distance next door to the cable car station and took the six minute ride up to the Apes Den after which they stopped at the top station for a photo shoot. Jugs of sangria greeted the guests as they stepped off the cable car. Then it was time to head back down to ground level and walk across the gardens to the Rock Hotel for the wedding breakfast. A fabulous three course meal followed and then tea, coffee, liqueur and petits-fours and then the cutting of the wedding cake. Some of the older wedding guests retired to their rooms for a quick siesta whilst the younger members continued the party in the hotel's Barbary Bar whilst children enjoyed the hotel's pool.

Later that evening, the wedding party regrouped for an evening meal and disco. Finally, at midnight, the bride surprised her guests (even the groom didn't know) with a fantastic midnight feast consisting of a finger buffet and chocolate cake! We're sure the guests must have been charged for excess weight by the airline on their return to the UK!

Since then, the same couple and a few of their wedding guests have returned to Gibraltar to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary and relive the memories by having a renewal of vows in the same venue! The bride told us later that the guests had told her it was the best wedding they had ever attended as they felt to pampered and looked after at every step of the way. Just goes to show, a little bit of attention to detail goes a long way.

 

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