Expert Eye – Q&A with Susie from Co-Ordination Catering Hire
In this blog post Grant Morgan, (Wedding Planner Surrey), gets the inside track on fashions, tips and behind-the-scenes knowledge from the expert…
Q. Can you tell me a little bit about Co-Ordination and how it all started?
A. Co-ordination Catering Hire is a family run business that started nearly 27 years ago from Gevin and Elizabeth’s garage and now we have a large warehouse based near Gatwick. Our services can be tailored to corporate and banquet catering, weddings, parties, special events and more. Whatever the occasion, Co-Ordination Catering Hire is dedicated to providing a personal service to every customer, regardless of size and importance of the catering event. We can hire in excess of 7,500 covers and can provide everything an event would need from china, cutlery, glassware, table linen and table decorations to furniture, chiller trailers, freezer rooms, kitchen equipment and lots more!
Q. I understand you have introduced a number of exciting new items to your product list, which in particular are your favourites?
A. It has to be our gorgeous new cross back chair that is new in and we are pleased to say we are one of the first companies in the UK to have this! We have also introduced more lines to our rustic range including a 12ft barrel bar to complement our rustic table and benches.
Q. How much interaction does a catering/furniture hire company have with the other suppliers on the day?
A. We tend to speak mainly to the caterers and venue whilst liaising with the event organisers on the day.
Q. Is there an almost limitless supply of stock so brides & grooms can have their pick or, as is often the case with venues for example, is it a case of getting in quick so as not to miss out?
A. Although we have one of the largest stock of hire items, we do have many dates in the peak summer season whereby we are fully booked so recommend people to book to secure their date and items as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you would give brides and grooms-to-be when considering catering equipment and furniture for their wedding?
A. If organising a DIY bar or catering, we always say to order a few extra of everything. Quite often only exact numbers of plates or glasses are ordered and it takes one guest to drop one or put their glass down and pick another up and then you are left short! We also recommend that they choose the dirty return option meaning that it takes the stress and worry about having to wash and dry up anything!
Q. Is there any advice would you give to wedding planners to make your life a little easier?
A. We often get asked to quote for tables and chairs for a certain number of guests but we have so many varieties of table sizes that it would be good to know if their clients had a preference to table shape for e.g. round or trestle style? If so, how many guests would they like sitting on the tables. This would then give us an idea of table type and we can then calculate how many you would need. It is also good to know access days/times for deliveries and collection as some venues have restrictions.
Q. What are the current trends and fashions in your industry?
A. We are definitely still seeing the rustic furniture as a big hit and seeing many trends with inspiration from California and Australia with the cross back chairs and we have been inundated with orders of the these chairs before they’ve even arrived in our warehouse! Also it is good to see people starting to use more coloured linen on the tables. So often everyone chooses white or ivory but with nearly 30 different coloured options that we have it is great to see them on the tables!
Q. Do you notice great shifts in fashions or is it more a case of subtle changes over time?
A. I think everyone wants that ‘Pinterest’ wedding but you find that people tend to stick with current fashions that often take years to change!
Q. Is there any question you wished I had asked?
A. Let me think….I guess one around what type of events we get involved with? People assume we just work with marquee events but we work with so much more including schools, wedding and event venues, outdoor events, festivals, conferences, corporate events, Trade shows such as the Chelsea Flower Show and Excel Wedding Fayre to name a few!
Q. What, in your opinion, are the benefits of engaging a wedding or event planner for your big occasion?
A. A big help as they will think about other aspects of the order such as venue access times for delivery and collection, help with numbers and have an understanding of our business and can be a great point of contact for us.
For more information on Co-Ordination visit their website.
Blog posted by Grant Morgan, wedding planner Surrey.