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Wedding Catering for the Modern Couple

Wedding Table

Exciting, emotional… expensive. Weddings are big business and if you’re in the process of arranging your wedding, you’ll be fully aware of the mounting costs. A huge part of this expense is the wedding catering and we’re here to give you advice on how to stick to or even slash your budget, whilst still impressing your guests.

The Times They Are A Changin’

Traditions aren’t as strict as they once were. Many are opting to buck the typical trends and make up their own rules when it comes to their wedding. Over three-quarters of all newlyweds are now opting for a non-religious ceremony. Similarly, same-sex marriage is on the rise and more people are now opting to get married later in life. This personalisation has continued into dress colours, flower choices and venues. However, the wedding breakfast is one thing that couples are still hanging on to.

Wedding Planning

You might be the type that is super organised, with files, folders and mood boards for your big day. If that sums you up then you really don’t need our advice. However, you might be struggling with it all and can’t even decide who to uninvite (unvite? devite?) to keep to your numbers. If this sounds a bit more realistic then the Bridebook website or app on android & iOS could be really helpful. It’s an award-winning wedding planning system that helps you check every job off the list.

Bridebook also produces a very useful annual wedding report: find out where you fit in the national statistics. Interestingly, it reveals that Food & Drink was the area where most couples overspend.

Wedding Catering Overspending
Data gathered from The UK Wedding Report 2018.pdf
from Bethany Wright (Bridebook)

Change Up Your Wedding Catering

Not only was Food & Drink the area which caused the most prolific overspending, but it is also the second-largest average expense after the venue hire. The cost of a venue is difficult to haggle but change up your Wedding Catering and you can save a bundle.

Firstly, check that your venue allows outside catering. Some venues provide their own (more expensive) catering and aren’t too keen on having another company provide this service. However, we’d always suggest asking the question.

Then decide if you really need a wedding breakfast as well as evening catering. You could always opt to have a later ceremony and go for one large meal in the evening. Furthermore, you could even do away with the wedding breakfast altogether. Why not keep things relaxed yet classy with our Premium Set Catering option? Or why not select mains and sides from our Hot Food offerings and have our expert staff on hand to serve your guests?

Average Costs of Wedding Suppliers
Data gathered from The UK Wedding Report 2018.pdf
from Bethany Wright (Bridebook)

More Ways to Save

  • Tell suppliers you’re having a celebration NOT a wedding.
  • Use a Credit Card wherever possible for added protection.
  • Avoid Saturdays and summer months.
  • Visit Jewellery districts such as the Jewellery Quarter.
  • And last but not least, haggle, haggle, haggle!
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What to do before organising the Funeral Catering

Funeral Catering

Arranging the funeral of a loved one is never easy and is amongst many tasks that you need to complete after they die. The funeral catering will not be first on the list but is an important part of celebrating the life of your loved one.

Here’s 7 things you need to do or check after your loved one has died

Register the Death

Register the death within 5 days

However, before you can complete the registration you must have the following:

  • A medical certificate from their GP or a hospital doctor
  • If the death was reported to a coroner, you need their permission to register the death

Depending on the wishes of the deceased, you’ll be given a certificate for burial or an application for cremation. Fill out any information where necessary and give the certificate or application to the funeral director, burial organiser or crematorium.

Organise the Funeral

There are two routes to go down when organising a funeral, you can choose to pay a funeral director to plan everything for you or an increasingly popular route is to do it yourself. We’ve gone into a little more detail further down this post.

Inform the Government

A new system is in-place called Tell Us Once. Specifically, this allows you to fill out one form which notifies all relevant sectors of the government of the death.

You will need the unique reference number provided to you when you registered the death. 

Click here to view the form

Check Eligibility for Bereavement Benefits

Depending on your relationship with the deceased, you may be eligible for the following financial support:

Assess Your Benefits, Pensions & Taxes

Your relationship with the deceased may directly impact the aforementioned financials if:

Check the necessity to apply to stay in the UK

Your right to live in the UK may be solely dependent upon your relationship with the deceased. If this is the case, you may need to apply for a new visa if:

Consider the Estate

The deceased may have a will, money or property that somebody will need to sort. If you are the executor of the will, a close friend or relative this may be your responsibility.

Funeral Director or DIY

Many of us put our trust in the expert hands of funeral directors, who take care of the body, transport and ceremony. We’re all about championing local business, especially family businesses and there are a few exceptional options right on our doorstep…

As a matter of fact, research shows that since the funeral industry remains unregulated, prices of funerals continue to rise year on year by 6%. This is double the rate of inflation. Indeed, the same study deems that large and national funeral care providers and crematoriums are the main culprits of these price hikes. Therefore, independent funeral directors are the way to go if you want to keep costs down.

As a result, few bereaved opt to go it alone and arrange the funeral themselves. However, this option is a lot of hard work and whilst some might appreciate keeping busy, others don’t want any hassle during their time of grief. Nevertheless, it’s worth checking this guide out, at the very least to see what you’re getting for your money.

Funeral Extras

Otherwise known as discretionary items, these are not essential components of a funeral but they bring personality and a feeling of celebration to the event.

This funeral expense includes flowers, room hire, memorials and catering. In contrast, these expenses remain largely unchanged over the past 11 years.

Basic and discretionary funeral costs

Funeral Catering

We’re dedicated to keeping the cost of your funeral catering down. Furthermore, we don’t charge any extra for funerals (or any other type of event for that matter). We’ll talk you through our many options, as we’ve got ‘Set Catering‘ lists for all numbers of guests. On the other hand, you might want to choose a few options from our ‘Create Your Own‘ range.

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A funeral is such a sensitive event, therefore we ask that you check all timings and check again. Above all, we would not want your catering to arrive out of synch with the rest of the day. We want the day to go as smoothly as possible, with your mind at ease that the catering is sorted.

Finally, if you need extra guidance or support, our friendly team is here to talk face to face. Be sure to check our reception opening times before setting off. Whereas, if you know what you need to order, you can shop online.