Event management in Manchester
Expert event planners in Manchester and Cheshire
We provide professional event planning services that will make your event stand out from the crowd. If you need to host a stylish corporate event or a launch party, you can count on our event planners. From marketing events and programmes to exhibitions and social events, we can manage it all. We can also take care of your theme decoration and catering. You can choose us for our event management services for a one-off event or for regular contracts. Speak to our event planners today.
Our event management services include:
Customised event planning
Tips to eliminate stress when planning your party / event
Pick a date
Sounds simple but without a date, you cannot begin to be calling Caterers or inviting guests. The Holidays are a busy time of the year and as basic as may seem, getting a date on the Calendar is the first step in planning. Keep in mind, just like the airlines, there are blackout dates in the catering world, know the date you choose can hit your bottom line.
Once you have the date, think about the basic parameters of your event so the caterer can create a quote for you
Don’t begin calling or planning until you know your budget. Without this, the options are limitless and you will be wasting your time and your caterers time. Know your budget, as this will drive the entire planning process.
Time of Day
Timing is critical as it impacts food quantities. An event from 3.00 to 5.00 will demand very much different quantities then the same menu served at 5.00 to 8.00.
Have a sense of your number of guests, again without a number a catering proposal cannot be completed.
What type of party are you throwing?
A one hour cocktail party, a four hour event with canapés and dinner, a champagne toast with dessert? Explain to your caterer the type of party you want. Review the caterer’s menus on line, discuss your ideal menu and give as much detail as possible. This will help you achieve your ideal menu budget much quicker.
Staffing costs money, often as much as the food itself. When planning a menu, keep in mind that menus that require staff will be expensive. Stationary canapés are more budget friendly options then parties with a variety of Passed canapés which require on site kitchen staff and a number of paid servers. Buffets are a better option when working on a tight budget than a served dinner, because there are less staff required to execute the menu. Great parties including weddings have been thrown with creative, artistic and innovative stationary canapés and buffets, so don’t dismiss anything until you have explored all the options.
Look into the Details
After you have got the basics down, you can talk with your caterer in more detail about the event.
Schedule a walkthrough of the site
Before getting into deep planning, schedule a walkthrough of your office, home or venue with your caterer. The layout of any space in the early planning stages- what you have or don’t have (in terms of tables, linens, seating) can impact the cost, in order to make an educated decision and get a fully thought out quote, make sure your caterer does a walkthrough before you sign on the bottom line.
Big Return on Investment
Small touches can add fun and flair to a holiday party. Upgraded paper goods colourful linens votive candles and good music can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Allocating some resources to design and aesthetic makes these touches but most can be found online-cutting the middle man will get you a better price!
Hire a caterer you know or have heard about that you can like and trust, you may have to leave the keys to your home. As with any project, big or small, the success of the venture is based on the relationship with your vendor. Make sure you choose a local caterer or catering company that is close to you, do your due diligence and ask for references if you did your research online. The best way is to pick up the phone and interview the company just like in any other relationship, communications is key and you need to plan your event with a reputable company that understands your needs . You need to connect, feel confident and comfortable that you are working with an established company that can deliver what their proposal outlines. Choose a company that is not new to the industry but has a proven track record in the North West.
Mr & Mrs Hans
We would just like to thank you for making our Gold Wedding Anniversary such a memorable occasion. Once you and your daughter arrived we felt completely confident that the day would run smoothly.
The food was delicious, a sentiment echoed by all our guests and your services were quietly efficient. We would certainly employ your business for any future events."
You and your team were excellent - enabling us to really relax and enjoy the event knowing you were on hand to organise everything. Your staff were professional and attended to our guest’s requirements so efficiently. As with previous years, being able to arrange everything through yourselves - glasses, crockery, staff etc. really made planning the event alongside you a please from start to finish. The food was again exceptional - several people are still commenting on how phenomenal the beef was.”
Elaine and Tony
We just wanted to give our heartfelt thanks for creating such a smoothly ran operation at our home a few weeks ago. The stress was quelled from the start with your professionalism and assurances that what we wanted could easily be achieved for 30 friends and family. But besides taking on all the organising you did for us we really must mention the canapés and dinner you prepared for all of us. Mouthwatering, perfectly cooked and presented: all from my kitchen! You are truly the epitome of efficiency and made the whole affair so worth doing. You were even discreet throughout the meal and even cleared up everything after too. So worth it! Thanks again"
"Omg! What can I say? Incredible food! Everyone is singing your praises! It's not everyday that I get up staged! Thank you so much for all your hard work and making Jim's 90th so special. Wedding here we come!"
"I wanted to say how absolutely delighted we were with the catering at the ball! Everyone was very happy with the food and really enjoyed it. Our guests with special dietary requirements also commented on how well they were looked after!
Thank you so very much for such a professional service, we wouldn’t hesitate to book Francs again!"
"We chose Francs to do the catering for our wedding in October 2018...We weren’t disappointed, as they cooked & served one of the best meals we’ve ever had, all from a small kitchen in a village hall. We had a great tasting session at Sale FC Rugby Club where 4 of us were able to sample each menu choice that we’d discussed in a previous meeting, and were helped to decide what we wanted on the night.
We will definitely be using Francs again in the future, as they combined superb food quality & excellent service within an overall affordable price."
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"We would like to thank Francs for providing such a great catering experience for our 20th Anniversary Party at the Marquee Room, Bowdon Rugby Club on 27th April, 2019. Louise was great to work with throughout the entire process, from designing our menu, to planning the order of events of the evening, and very accommodating of any changes we needed to make in the run-up to the party . The menu was thoughtfully planned, with special consideration for options for our vegetarian and vegan guests – all of whom raved about the food!
We at the Medicines Evaluation Unit would strongly recommend Francs for catering for any event - they played an integral part in making our 20th Anniversary celebration a great success!"
"Just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for a great night on Saturday at the Bowdon Summer Party. The feedback from the food has been absolutely first class. Everyone loved the street food vibe and all the comments have been brilliant. All your staff are really great as well – super professional and incredibly helpful."
Roger & Ann
'Fortunately Francs Event Catering was recommended to us as the best in the area as they did everything to confirm this leadership. Organisationally they gave us total confidence that whatever we needed they could handle and on the night nothing was too much trouble. The food was 'wonderful' and due to meticulous planning was enjoyed by everybody despite many different dietary requirements. We can do nothing but confirm that without their flair and professionalism our evening would not have been it's undoubted success. Our many thanks to Louise and her team.'
Katrina and Pete
"Louise, Nick and team at Francs have been absolutely amazing in catering our wedding in Derbyshire in June 2019! Right from the start Louise put us at ease in terms of the planning side, helping us navigate the blank canvas venue that we had picked in Derbyshire with numerous phone calls - going above and beyond! We had canapés and a full wedding breakfast for 120 people with quite an array of dietary requirements. Not only was the food utterly delicious throughout and highly complimented, but Nick and team also had to battle pretty extreme weather conditions with a storm hitting just as we sat down to eat! We barely noticed the inclement weather, such was the smoothness of the service! Francs served all the drinks from champagne through to staffing the bar in the evening - all in good humour and they were extremely accommodating of the drinks menu we’d picked with a gin bar! The next day Francs came back and did the lions share of the cleaning up - a massive help! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Francs to anyone and would certainly use them in the future!"
"We were delighted that we used Francs for our wedding catering. From the initial meeting to the end result we were looked after and nothing was too much trouble. The food options were great and the food on the day was lovely and plentiful. Our wedding reception went off without a hitch thanks to Louise and her diligence. We would highly recommend to anyone requiring catering for a function."
(Written by our clients to KLB Catering Ltd t/a Francs Event Catering)