Planning a wedding is a daunting task. There is so much to think about and one of the major aspects of the day is the food.

We at Kings Catering offer a bespoke planning service and we are able to tailor make your wedding to meet with your own personal requirements and personalities.

In our experience there are no set menus and there is no set format.

Each Wedding is different, because no two couples are the same.

We have put together some menu ideas for your perusal. Ideas based on weddings we have done in the past and our experience gained over the last twenty years prove invaluable when helping you plan your big day. We have also tried to keep the whole process simple.

We have priced our menus, knowing a guide price can help you decide what is within your budget. Of course, our menus are not ‘set in stone’ and we can arrange a meeting to discuss options.

All our menu prices include:

•  White Table Linen (Afternoon Tea Menu excepted)
•  White Linen Napkins (Afternoon Tea Menu excepted)
•  All necessary Crockery and Cutlery
•  Waiting Staff to serve food
•  VAT @ 20%

Click here to see our Wedding Breakfast Menu

Click here to download our Wedding Breakfast Menu (pdf)

Depending on the venue and the menu chosen there may be additional costs for large equipment:

A Marquee Venue the following equipment is usually required: Two Six Burner Ovens, Two Bottles of Calor Gas, One Hot Cupboard and delivery and collection charge to and from the venue.

A Village Hall Venue may have some equipment installed and a quote for any additional equipment can be given after we have carried out a site visit, additional costs will depend on the menu chosen and what equipment is in situ.

Other Venues will need a site visit to assess the requirements.

We can help with Wine and Bar Service. We can either recommend a company who will come in and supply full service options based on your requirements.

Or we can hire glassware on your behalf and supply staff to serve your own drinks. If you serve your own drinks and make no charge to your guests you will not need a licence. If you wish to serve your own drinks and make a charge to help with wedding costs you will need a temporary licence. There is a small charge and is obtainable on line. This is called a TEN Licence, a copy of the licence will need to displayed near the bar area.

Planning your Wedding Reception

The first thing you need to do is to plan what you need to serve to your guests during the day.

A Formal Wedding Reception is traditionally as follows:

1) Bride and Groom arrive at the Venue to receive their guests, guests then go through to the area where the reception drink is to be served. Canapes may be served with the drinks if required.
Parents of the Bride and Groom along with the Chief Bridesmaid and Best Man may also be included in the receiving line.

2) The Drinks Reception usually lasts around one and a half to two hours, giving time to mingle with the guests and for the photographer to take any photographs. The Drinks Reception can be as long as you wish, bear in mind how much drink you would have to serve if it is longer than two hours, also guests may be hungry, depends on the time of the ceremony.

3) First Call for the Wedding Breakfast is made, followed by a Second Call five minutes later. When all guests are seated if applicable the Grace is said by a nominated guest and then the meal is served followed by other formalities.

The usual format of service is:

•  Starter served
•  Main Course served
•  Pudding served
•  Pudding cleared
•  Cake Cutting Ceremony
•  Coffee and Toast Drink served
•  Wedding Cake served

Followed by the Speeches:

•  Father of the Bride
•  The Groom
•  The Best Man

The ‘rule of thumb’ is each speech should be no more than seven minutes long. A speech that goes on and on can be a bit daunting for the guests, especially if there a children in the audience.

Of course if you do not wish to follow the Formal Wedding format, we can help plan your wedding to be as informal as you want it to be.

Each Bride and Groom may have their own ideas and we are more than happy to accommodate any requests.

Also, there may be traditions to incorporate in to a Wedding Reception; recently we helped with a Chinese Tea Ceremony.

You may also require an Evening Buffet; again the Menus we have included reflect the food we have served at recent Weddings.

There are many ideas and trends that become popular for different Wedding seasons, if we have not included a particular format in to our Menus, please let us know and we will try and accommodate your ideas.