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Afternoon Tea

HUNTED : { Wedding Inspiration : Afternoon Tea }

HUNTED : { Wedding Inspiration : Afternoon Tea }

Tea for two and two for tea … or perhaps tea for 100 and 100 for tea if you opt for this for your wedding.

Afternoon tea instead of a sit-down dinner or buffet is a totally acceptable option. Whether you go for a vintage / shabby chic version, a high end high tea or give it an Alice in Wonderland twist is down to the inner machinations of your own brain, but here’s some inspiration to help you on the way to an Afternoon Tea wedding fest.

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Wedding Inspiration High Tea Invitations RSVP

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Stationery

The first time your wedding guests will become aware that you’re holding an Afternoon Tea style occassion is quite possibly when their wedding invitation arrives (unless you’re like me and unable to keep details to yourself).

To give them maximum opportunity to dress themselves in a way that suits your day, opt for a fete vibe, teacup embossed stationery choice like these from Wedding In A Teacup.

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Wedding Inspiration High Tea Buffet Bunting Village Fete

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Decor Ideas [clockwise from top left]

The inspirational starting point for this whole hunt was this cakestand from Through the Cottage Door. Because if you’re serving afternoon tea and cakes (vicar?) you’ll need to put them on something.

If you’re having a vintage cakestand, you most certainly will want to have vintage china to sip your tea out of. If you’re wondering where you’re going to get this chinaware from; short of raiding your Grandparents best china collection, or rummaging at a local jumble sale, you could check the website of Bella and the Moo to see if they’ve got something suitable in stock.

Afternoon tea as a wedding choice is a little bit kitsch, as well as being highly upbeat and celebratory. A good time to roll out the bunting, then. You could try and make your own, or you could bring in the professionals – like Belle and the Bunting. You could opt for tailoring your bunting design to the theme of your tea. If you’re going quintessentially British, with strawberries and cream, roll out the Union Hack bunting.

Afternoon tea table setting possibilities are many and varied. If it suits your colours overall, veer towards a pastel palette table setting. Pink (champagne?) in milk bottles with straws, pastel pink roses in round vases and a lace table runner make for girlish beauty.

If you’re miles away from pastels and more towards something quirky, consider Alice-in-Wonderland influenced style. Giant red chess pieces, a black tablecloth and red roses with miniature pruned foliage complete the look. Eyes peeled for the Mad Hatter.

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Wedding Inspiration Menus Eats High Tea Bites…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Food & Drink 

So what does one eat at an afternoon tea?

Easy.

Whatever you fancy. In small bites.

If you want some real life inspiration, take yourself to your nearest high end hotel for a champagne afternoon tea, complete with stacked plates of small bites. If this becomes your Afternoon Tea of choice, note you’ll be moving away from vintage stylings and leaning towards polished silverware.

So, ask your caterers to keep it small. Whether it’s fresh little sandwich squares or mouth-watering miniature cakes : less is more.

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I’m sure there will be plenty more inspiration to add over time. But for now, your Afternoon Tea party has begun.

Would you consider this theme for a wedding?

Or do you think wedding should = formal sit down meal?

Your comments are always welcomed below.

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