Today I am happy to announce my first Supplier spotlight! In these posts I am going to feature some of my absolute favourite suppliers that I have come across so far on my wedding planning journey. I came across Ruth and The Flying Ducks at the Vintage and Handmade Wedding Fair in Newbury. The van looked absolutely stunning and I had a lovely chat with Ruth who was very friendly indeed. Today I have asked Ruth a few questions so that you can get to know her and her business a little better;
Tell us a little bit about The Flying Ducks and what you do?
The Flying Ducks are a unique event caterers. I cater for many different events, from ‘street food markets’, corporate team building and weddings. Weddings are my favourite, because it is always a happy atmosphere, and I get to dress up the caravans with beautiful flowers, hearts, bunting and fairy lights! Every wedding is different, and sometimes it’s just nice to be able to dress up and serve canapés and champagne one minute, and organising the waiting staff serving the tables, then serving gourmet fish finger sandwiches and bacon butties to the ‘merry’ guests at the end of the day from the caravan.Sometimes the client just wants the caravan for the backdrop through the day, and then in full catering swing for the evening guests whilst they party.
What influenced you to start your business?
The original idea came about from my love of vintage caravans, and at the time, they could be picked up for very little money, not so much nowadays! I have been a chef most of my adult life, and trained as one professionally many moons ago. I thought that the vintage caravans would make great catering units, rather than the boring square trailers that were around. I found my original caravan on Ebay 4 years ago, and paid £350 for her. The final cost of the renovation was hugely more, but it has all been worth it.
What is the most memorable experience you have had catering a wedding?
I can honestly say that all weddings have been lovely, and I couldn’t pick out a favourite one, however, not so long ago, we were on our way to Derby to do a vintage themed wedding, when the engine on the car quite literally blew up on the M1, 20 miles from the venue. The stress of having to wait for the RAC to recover us, and then tow the caravan and the dead car into the wedding venue, was not much fun at all, but we got there a little late. Managed to set up, serve the 150 guests, close down, walk to the b&b, and then spent the next day being relayed home again.
I swiftly leased a new van after that ‘memorable’ wedding!
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I love my job because no day is the same, you meet some great and good people, I get to pick and choose my work load, and I get to create such loveliness for people.
Do you have any advice for brides to be out there, who are starting to look at the catering for their wedding?
My advice for brides when choosing your catering for the wedding, would be to not complicate the menu. Choose what you like, not the guests, it’s YOUR day!
Understand that the food is one of the most important details of your wedding, not the colour or font size of the place name cards! Go for simple, quality and where possible, in season ingredients. If the food is good, well presented and plentiful, the guests will always be happy. Less really is more, and more being in your bank account. Some wedding venues, will only allow their own caterer to cater, so it can often work out to be quite costly, so it is always worth looking for a venue which allows you to choose your own suppliers. There are some very beautiful village halls out there!
Thanks so much for telling us about your business today Ruth! If you would like to know more about The Flying Ducks and what they can provide for your wedding or event, you can find their website here.