Weddings

Barretts event caterers are proud to be part of your very special day – whether this is in a private venue, stately home or a marquee at your own home.

The ethos of our company relies on the notion that you feel like guests at your own wedding – enjoying the day and taking in every moment while we organize the details for you.

We will help you from start to finish and be there on the day to ensure that everything runs smoothly, exactly how you want it to.

At Barretts we don’t only supply fabulous food for you;
we provide the day that you have been dreaming of.


Weddings

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Capesthorne - Cheshire visit: www.capesthorne.com

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Gawsworth - Cheshire visit: www.gawsworthhall.com

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Heaton House Farm - Cheshire visit: www.heatonhousefarm.co.uk

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Thornton Manor - Cheshire visit: www.thorntonmanor.co.uk

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Thornton Manor Lakeside Marquee - Cheshire visit: www.thorntonmanor.co.uk

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Peover Golf Club - Cheshire visit: www.peovergolfclub.co.uk

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Tatton Park - Cheshire visit: www.tattonpark.org.uk

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Styal Lodge - Cheshire visit: www.styallodge.co.uk

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Owen House Wedding Barn - Cheshire visit: www.owenhouseweddingbarn.co.uk

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Colshaw Hall - Cheshire visit: www.colshawhall.com

Weddings

At Barretts we pride ourselves on using the very best available produce, responsibly sourced and locally supplied wherever possible, so you can rest assured that our food is of the highest quality. These are not set in stone, so feel free to mix and match to create the perfect menu for your event.We understand that budgets are key when planning an event, therefore there are no hidden costs or charges when it comes to our menus.

Our menu price includes:

Crockery, Cutlery, White Damask Linen Cloths and Napkins Chefs*, Waitress Service* AND Event Management

* Menus are based upon a party for 40 or more, numbers less than this will incur a surcharge for staffing.

We appreciate that some of your guests may have dietary requirements to cater for. Don't worry; we are more than happy to tailor our menus around these needs.

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SAMPLE MENUS

Cold Selection

Filo Cup of Marinated Duck, Spring Onion and a Plum Dressing

Marinated Tuna with Lime, Black Pepper and

SoySeared Chilli Beef, Seaweed and Pickled Ginger

Parmesan Shortbreads, Tomato and Black Olive Confit and Basil Pesto

Hot Selection

Seared Cantonese Beef with an Oyster Dipping

SauceDevils on Horseback; Aegean Prunes and Sweet Mango,wrapped in Streaky Bacon

Vegetable Won Tons with a Sweet and Sour Dip

Shot glass of Minted Pea and Pancetta Soup

Moroccan Spiced Lamb and Coriander Patties, Tomato and Chilli Salsa

Weddings

Planning an event can be daunting and often it may be your first time. Here are a few frequently asked questions with answers that may help. However if there is anything else that you need to know please do not hesitate to contact us.
Click the question to get your answer:

1 How do we arrange an appointment and where do we go?
2 Can we do this at the weekend?
3 What happens after the appointment?
4 How long do you hold the date?
5 What do we do to book you?
6 Who do we deal with during the planning?
7 What happens now?
8 What about giving catering numbers?
9 What if we have guests with dietary needs?
10 On the day, who dresses the tables?
11 Do you supply menus for the tables?
12 What’s the correct top table set up?
13 Do you provide a Toast Master?
14 Will you cut up the cake?
15 Where are your staff from?
16 What do the staff wear?
17 Who provides the drinks?
18 What is corkage?
19 Can we theme the menu?
20 Why should we choose Barretts?

How do we arrange an appointment and where do we go?

An appointment is arranged via one of the co-ordinators in our office and can be made over the phone or via email. One of our Directors will visit you at a time convenient for you and this is of course with no obligation. The aim of the meeting is to get to know you a little better and to get a feel of what you are looking for. We always try to make the appointment in the comfort of your own home wherever possible and should be with you for about an hour and a half.

All further appointments are again, arranged at your own home or these can be done at the venue – subject to availability.

Tasting sessions can be arranged if required and for this we invite you to our premises.

Can we do this at the weekend?

Weekend appointments are available but these are subject to availability. As I am sure you can appreciate, the weekends are our busiest time and not only that but both our Directors actually attend the event on the day – this can sometimes mean that they are unavailable. However we will endeavour to help wherever we can and we do offer evening appointments to help fit around your working hours.

What happens after the appointment?

Once we have a better idea of what you require for the event we will put together a detailed proposal for you; this is of course not carved in stone and is only a starting point at this stage. The date will go on a provisional hold in our diary for you whilst you decide what you want to do.

How long do you hold the date?

We understand that arranging a wedding/event is a long process and we will hold the date for you as long as we can without us having to turn away business. The main thing for us is that you know we are available if you need us and so we keep in touch with you to see how things are moving along.

What do we do to book you?

To secure the date we ask for a deposit payment of £500 along with a signed copy of our terms and conditions. You are not at this stage tied to anything detailed in the proposal – the deposit only confirms our services on that date.

Who do we deal with during the planning?

Your original meeting contact will remain closely in touch during the whole process and they will conduct all of your meetings. However, we do have a team of Event Co-ordinators in our office that can deal with the day to day details of planning your event, answer any questions you may have or arrange any additional extras for you. If for any reason they are unable to help, one of our Directors will contact you.

What happens now?

We will arrange meetings with you whenever suits you but we would suggest that after the initial meeting we will need a further meeting about 1/2 way through the planning stage and then a final meeting 4-6 weeks before the day.

What about giving catering numbers?

At the final meeting you should have a clearer idea, as the RSVP’s should have been received – although we don’t ask you to confirm the final numbers until 5 working days before the event.

What if we have guests with dietary needs?

Don't worry, we can take care of most dietary needs – all you need to do is tell us what the guest's requirements are and we will amend the menu to suit them. Our Chefs are very used to using replacement products so that your guests can enjoy the same menu if possible. We can't always do this, where needed we will provide a substitute dish of the same standard.

On the day, who dresses the tables?

Our Events team will take care of the setting of all the tables for you, all we need is a copy of the table plan and a note of where each table needs to be and we will do the rest. We know that this is a very important part of the day but don’t forget we do this all the time; as long as you detail what you would like and where, we will sort it out for you and you can relax and get ready.

Do you supply menus for the tables?

We leave this for you to arrange – with so many themes and colour schemes we would never get it right. We do send the wording for the final menu in the paperwork we send to you and are more than happy to email it to you so that you can just forward it onto your printer.

What's the correct top table set up?

These days it's very fluid and with all the different family situations it is really up to you. Some clients prefer a straight top table and this usually dictates a more traditional seating arrangement, but some venues offer an oval table, which can give the formal feel but enable your guests to chat a bit more freely. We have also seen an increase in round top tables – this gives the meal a more dinner party feel.

For all shapes of top table, the Bride and Groom should be seated in the middle so they can look out at their guests. This would usually be with the Bride seated at the left hand of the Groom with the Father of the Bride seated next to her, which is a great position for his speech. It is usual then that the Mother of the Bride will then sit next to the Groom and the Groom’s Mother next to the Bride’s Father, with the Grooms father next to the Brides Mother – indicating a blend of both families.

These days it's very fluid and with all the different family situations it is really up to you. Some clients prefer a straight top table and this usually dictates a more traditional seating arrangement, but some venues offer an oval table, which can give the formal feel but enable your guests to chat a bit more freely. We have also seen an increase in round top tables – this gives the meal a more dinner party feel.

For all shapes of top table, the Bride and Groom should be seated in the middle so they can look out at their guests. This would usually be with the Bride seated at the left hand of the Groom with the Father of the Bride seated next to her, which is a great position for his speech. It is usual then that the Mother of the Bride will then sit next to the Groom and the Groom’s Mother next to the Bride’s Father, with the Grooms father next to the Brides Mother – indicating a blend of both families.

Do you provide a Toast Master?

Our Directors and all our managers are very happy to do this for you on the day – in fact we love doing it, but if you have a friend or family member who would like to do it then we are very happy to help them. Some clients prefer to hire a traditional Toast Master and we are more than happy to work along side them.

Will you cut up the cake?

Often we suggest serving the cake in the evening as the dessert option for the evening food served. We will portion this and serve it canapé style free of charge.

Where are your staff from?

As you will have seen on the meet the team page, we have a full team of staff who are very dedicated and work hard to ensure that your event runs smoothly. We don’t use agency staff as we have a large group of part time staff who work for us on a regular basis. Our part time team range in age from 21 to approx 35 and most of them stay with us for a number of years. They attend a training session every month and are constantly monitored to ensure the highest levels of service. They are friendly and professional and are a credit to our company and we are immensely proud of them.

What do the staff wear?

All management wear black dinner suits and the waiting staff wear black trousers, white long sleeved shirt with a long black tie, black waistcoat and a black knee length apron.

Who provides the drinks?

It all depends on the venue – we are happy to supply everything for you but some venues may allow you to have a corkage rate. We can provide all the elements of service for you and can supply cash and account bars if required.

What is corkage?

This is a fee charged for the service of each bottle. This is often set by the venue but paid to the caterer as they will provide the service required, the chilling facility, the glassware, set up and clear down.

Can we theme the menu?

Our menu pack is a guideline and with our years of experience we are happy to create a bespoke menu for you should you so wish.

Why should we choose Barretts?

We are very passionate about the whole process of planning your event. We offer a very high standard of food and service, but along with that we are a very flexible and friendly company. We want you to be a guest at your wedding, for you to enjoy the event and spend time with your friends and family. Let us take care of everything so that you can have a day to remember.