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Last update: April 2024

The Great Big Event Company has been offering the best marquee event catering in Surrey and the Surrey Hills for many years and we love what we do!

We thrive on creating really delicious food, providing wedding and party marquees and all the extras for your marquee that you may need to create a really special occasion while adding a personal touch to every event.

Do you provide any ‘packages’?

We have wedding catering packages that include everything you need for your catering and bar service. They are easy to understand and choose from and then we can also customise them to your preferences.

Our menus feature;

- Tasty canapés & tapas

- Elegant seated formal menus

- Casual ‘coal and grill barbecues’ with bountiful seasonal greens, grains & salads

- Evening menus to mop up the day’s excesses and more!

Are we just marquee caterers?

We specialise in marquee catering but we can also work with other venues that you have already booked.

How booked up do we get?

Quite busy throughout the year from April through October for weddings and milestone events.

Do we cater in the week?

We do. We are often delivering catered events throughout the weekdays to a range of clients. Weddings are no different and the support to the delivery can sometimes be slightly easier in fact, but for us, it is all the same Monday – Saturday.

Do we cater for any other type of event?

We cater for all different kinds of events, from private parties to corporate events to weddings. We have been providing event solutions for our customers for over two decades. Our clients love the personal touch that we bring to the table, our professionalism and the way in which we deliver a bespoke top-notch service with the added flexibility that they want.

Location, Location, Location!

We are based in Guildford, Surrey and service all the nearby towns & villages from Wimbledon down to Midhurst (via the A3) and across Farnham, Hindhead, Haslemere, Godalming, Chilworth, Shere, Horsley, Send, Woking and other areas around these.

Are your suppliers based in Surrey?

Not all of them. Some of them (the really great ones!!) cover a wider region but as we have been working with them for so long and have such a good relationship with them, we have continued to do so to add value to our clients’ events.

Are you a big business?

We are a fast growing, independently owned and managed business. We are big on ideas and great on service. This is where our business trading name developed. The proof is in the pudding!

Can we contact you outside of working hours?

Yes of course! We have a mobile dedicated to taking WhatsApp messages from you so we can call you back within a few hours.

What’s the best catering?

Family style

Why?

Because it always surprises. It’s good wholesome food, put together with great ingredients and presented so beautifully. Clients are always blown away by this type of menu. It makes us happy too!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set up
Clean up

What catering services do you provide?

Buffet
Cake
Cake cutting
Cocktail reception
Dessert
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
British
Cajun
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Indian
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle eastern
Southern
Spanish
Thai

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten-free
Lactose-free
No pork
Nut-free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash bar
Champagne toast
Open bar
House beer
Liquor license
Outside alcohol ok
House wine
Premium liquor
Signature cocktail
Specialty beer
Specialty wine

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
China
Tables
Barware
Chocolate fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

£105

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

£85

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

£38.50

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeurves?

£38.50

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set up
Cake cutting
Dessert
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
Linens
Flatware
Glassware
China
Chocolate fountain
Cake
Clean up
Cocktail reception
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

£38.50

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Open bar
House beer
Specialty beer
House wine
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
House liquor
Premium liquor
Signature cocktail
Bartender(s)
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Lucy O. Sent on 27/10/2023
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A more perfect day than we ever could have imagined

Gilly and her team at The GBE Company organised our wedding for us, which took place at my family home. The planning process was a joy from start to finish - Gilly got exactly what we wanted and had as many conversations and meetings with us as we needed to make sure she got everything just right. We had a lot of fun being able to make all the exciting decisions while Gilly kindly handled all the leg work! Nothing was too much trouble and she was able to deliver on everything we wanted. The day itself was completely perfect, and we had a happier wedding than we ever even imagined. She had lots of her team with her on the day and everything ran smoothly. We felt they really cared and it showed in the small details (as well as the big ones). We’d definitely recommend GBE and would come to Gilly and her team again in future for other celebrations.
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Parallel House, 32 London Road GU1 2AB Guildford (Surrey)

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