A bride munching on a Big Mac isn’t what comes to mind when you imagine a traditional wedding, and a furious debate has erupted on GMB over whether it’s ever OK to serve fast food.
Raj Somaiya, one of the UK’s best-known wedding planners, called the idea “absolutely disgusting” and said it would be like “ripping the heart out of a wedding”.
Meanwhile, journalist and writer Floral Gill, who also appeared on the breakfast show, said “you should have the food you want” on your big day.
Following the results of a YouGov survey, which claimed one in five Brits would prefer to eat McDonald’s or KFC at a wedding reception, GMB asked viewers on Take out was acceptable for a bridal meal.
The poll received almost 4,500 votes, with the majority (57%) saying takeaways should not be served on such a special occasion.
Raj, who is a judge on BBC2’s Ultimate Wedding Planner, explained that there is specific etiquette that must be followed and that a wedding breakfast should be a sumptuous three-course meal that reflects the ceremony.
“There’s a time and place for nuggets,” he said.
“You have this beautiful wedding, you go to the church to get married, then you have this beautiful wedding breakfast, a two-hour extravaganza of speeches, toasts, cake cutting, and then you have your disco .
“When you have your wedding breakfast, it should be a beautiful and elegant three-course meal that adds ambiance to the wedding.”
Pointing to a plate of McDonald’s food, he added: “It’s not.”
Flora disagreed and insisted anything goes at a wedding, saying: “If you like nuggets, if you like burgers, if you like pizza, then it’s what you should have.”
Good Morning Britain asked viewers on Twitter if they thought a takeaway wedding meal was acceptable, but 57% said it was unacceptable.
Professional planner Raj Somaiya called serving McDonald’s at a wedding reception “absolutely disgusting” during a heated discussion.
Raj claimed that having takeaway would be like “ripping the heart out of a marriage”, during a chat with journalist Flora Gill.
“Do you know what’s good cooked in bulk? Fast food,” she continued.
“Food is not the heart of a wedding, people are the heart of a marriage.”
Several viewers agreed with Flora, with one describing her own wedding breakfast at Toby Carvery as “awesome”.
Meanwhile, another told how her local fish and chip shop delivered food in takeaway boxes and “everyone loved it”.
It seems that several celebrities are also willing to serve fast food on their wedding day. Singer Olly Murs recently shared snaps from his lavish summer nuptials to Amelia Tank, where they were pictured enjoying chicken nuggets from a McDonald’s truck.
While Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz treated guests to cheeseburgers, fries and chicken nuggets from a Wendy’s food truck at their £3million wedding afterparty.
Raj later admitted that it would be better to transport the guests directly to McDonald’s because the food would at least be fresh.