Choosing a wedding caterer can be a challenge. In many ways, you are entrusting the most important night of your life into their hands. We all know that one of the highlights of any event is the food and that is no less true at a wedding. Guests will undoubtedly be there to celebrate the union of the happy couple, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t thank them for coming with delicious food. So, how do you know if you are choosing the right caterer to execute all of your desires to perfection?
Schedule a tasting
What is the main reason to hire a caterer? For the food, of course. As you choose your caterer, be sure that their main job, preparing the meal, is the area of expertise. Scour their website and social media to see that the food is well presented and the reviews are high. A tasting not only allows you to taste the food and find the best options for your event but it also allows you to meet in person with the caterer. Scheduling a tasting allows you to see the service you can expect at your wedding, customise the menu for your special day.
Service is a huge element of a caterer’s job, and if you do not outline what you expect from a company, you may be left dry. Decide if you want Plated, food stations, family-style or buffet. Are beverage services available? Do you offer the waitstaff? These are a few questions you might want to ask your caterer about their service options. Chatting with your caterer will help you to understand exactly what type of service you need for your wedding to ensure your wedding day goes smoothly.
Every wedding is incredibly unique to the couple it celebrates. Chose a caterer that is ready to serve your needs and reflect the vision of your big day. A company should be able to customise any of their menus or dishes to cater to a client’s preferences or dietary restrictions. Also, it’s a major plus if the company has licensed bar services. Quality caterers can be booked out months in advance, so it is important to know how far ahead you need to book. If you think you might be interested in a caterer but don’t have a date set yet, pencil in a booking with them.
When choosing your menu, it’s always smart to get your caterer’s advice on what dishes people rave about. Selecting a few of their most popular dishes along with your favourites from the tasting will ensure that everyone will be satisfied.
Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful, plans change and something will go awry. You need a caterer with years of experience to ensure that there is no issue that can’t be handled. As you plan your big day, an experienced caterer should be familiar with local venues to help you understand the capacity, layout and flow of your event.
Choosing a wedding caterer can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.