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Sometimes less is more

PUBLISHED: 15:08 13 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:26 20 February 2013

Sometimes less is more

Sometimes less is more

Restaurateur Matthew Brown gives his advice on the secret to a successful wedding reception

Sometimes less is more



Restaurateur Matthew Brown gives his advice on the secret to a successful wedding reception



Matthew Brown, owner of the successful Wesley House, has one piece of important advice to couples planning their reception keep it simple.



Clarity of taste is so important. So many brides are pre-occupied with the look of the food, with lots of pretty bits, rather than the food itself. He should know. With his wife Wendy, they have run the restaurant in Winchcombe for more than 20 years, catering for hundreds of weddings, running from thousands of pounds in cost to hundreds of thousands. The restaurant, with its conservatory overlooking Sudeley Castle, and the wine bar are used for wedding receptions. Wesley House also provides off-site catering.



Locally sourced produce is brilliant and what you should focus on. How can you beat delicious local strawberries or fresh asparagus? Matthew was once tasked with sourcing everything for a wedding breakfast within sight of the brides home. Thankfully the brides house was on a hill near Evesham and the view was 14 miles! We sourced everything within that 14 miles and it was one of the most amazing breakfasts we have done.



When thinking about your wedding, Matthew warns that there are only three things your guests will remember from the day the loos, if they were cold and the food. Whatever you do, whether you go for a full meal or canaps and champagne, choose good ingredients and spend your budget wisely. People always remember exceptional food and exceptionally bad food. He says the trend for a 12-hour wedding with sit-down reception and evening event can put a lot of stress on the purse strings.



Do one thing well and dont be under pressure to do it all. A champagne reception with canaps or an afternoon tea can be an elegant alternative to a sit down meal and easier on a limited budget. When thinking of venues, remember outside catering tends to be twice as expensive as on-site catering. Dont forget that the caterer will need to have a field kitchen, hire tables and have extra staff on hand, said Matthew.



When choosing your caterer, Matthew says the most important thing is that you like them and get along. The whole day will centre on good communication with your caterer. They will be the ones who will work with you to ensure the timings are perfect. Think carefully about timings for the reception. Remember if people are hungry they wont be happy waiting around for hours. A good caterer will discuss with you about when the cake is cut, when you want guests seated, how long the speeches will be and so on. Nothing should be left to chance.



Matthew, along with Julia Sibun, work with a team of executive chefs, waiting staff, marquee suppliers, florists, lighting designers, calligraphers, chauffeurs, musicians and performers to create the perfect day. Wesley House provides wedding catering suited to all budgets. Yes we do very expensive and large weddings but we get just as much satisfaction out of small receptions. We can create something to suit your budget.



Our team becomes a vital part of any wedding we support and are there for every step of the way until the couple leaves on their honeymoon. We do our best to sort everything, leaving the couple to simply enjoy their day.



www.wesleyhouse.co.uk

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