21st March 2016

Epicurus Events have been an integral part of weddings across the North East for eighteen years, so we know a thing or two about catering your big day. Below, we outline some of the steps that couples should take when choosing their preferred dishes.

Do’s

Preparation – When it comes to catering, time is certainly of the essence. After setting the date and choosing the venue, booking a caterer should feature highly on the to-do list. We fill up quickly in the summer months and again towards the end of the year, so get in touch as early as possible to guarantee availability.

Honesty – We work best if clients are transparent from the outset about what they can afford and what they expect to receive. We can work with you to determine just what we can provide within a given budget, so don’t be bashful about your price range. It’s easier for us to work within certain confines from the get go, rather than having to strip back parts of the menu in the run-up to the day itself.

Try before you buy – Ensure that you choose the perfect dishes for you and your guests by taking advantage of our tasting evenings. We can prepare a range of potential dishes for you to try before committing to any decisions, sampling first-hand the quality of our local produce and fine cookery.

Think of the children – If there are children attending your wedding – and, in all likelihood, there will be – make sure you let us know beforehand, in order to produce a children’s menu that is more in keeping with their tastes.

Location, location, location – Let us know as much as you can about your chosen venue. We work in collaboration with a number of partner venues across the North East, but should you choose to tie the knot elsewhere, we will need to know of certain space requirements for our mobile kitchen and bars, as well as if there is to be anything staged outside.

Keep us in the loop – Communication really is key, so tell us as much as you can about your chosen location. We work in collaboration with a number of partner venues across the North East, but should you choose to tie the knot elsewhere, we will need to know of certain space requirements for our mobile kitchen and bars, as well as if there is to be anything staged outside.

Seek our advice – We have been serving up fantastic wedding breakfasts across the region for eighteen years. If you are unsure about what dishes to choose and what is usually popular, sound us out. With our experience and culinary skills, we can help you choose your perfect meals – all you need do is ask!

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Don’ts

Forget the weather – If you’re hosting an outdoor reception, don’t assume that it will be a perfectly clear evening with not a cloud in sight. Should bad weather strike, you ought to have an alternative plan arranged – not just for your guests, but also for your caterer.

Neglect to mention dietary information – Are your aunt and uncle vegan? Does your page boy have a severe nut allergy? If any of your guests have any specific requirements, we need to know as soon as possible in order to accommodate their needs.

Piecemeal – We take a great amount of pride in the catering service we provide, serving consistently high quality meals at every wedding we cater. Our dishes are prepared on site by highly trained chefs, and constantly meet our own exceptionally high standards to the delight of wedding guests across the region. Many brides and grooms-to-be consider cutting corners by making their own starters or desserts, but our menus are carefully constructed to complement one another.

Presentation – It may be tempting to cut costs in this area, but we would not recommend compromising the look and feel of your day by mixing and matching. We have crockery, glasses and tableware sets available to hire from our warehouse, all high in quality and immaculately cleaned by our staff after every event. You really do get what you pay for, so don’t settle for chipped plates, dirty glasses and bland table dressings!

Stress too much – Remember, it’s your wedding, and while it’s understandable (and often necessary) to accommodate as many guests as possible, the food should still be to your liking first and foremost.