If your wedding is around the corner, then getting the best caterer must be the top most concern on your wedding planning list. Questions like what to do, where to go and who to contact, can bother you the most while making wedding arrangements. Marriage is a once in lifetime affair and everyone tries to keep their best foot forward. Catering is the most expensive and important aspect while planning for a wedding since as much as one-third of the entire wedding budget can be spent on catering alone. Arranging the best caterer who meets all your food and budgetary requirements can take a lot of research and scrutiny. With smart work and following the given tips, you can easily get the caterer who can satisfy all your needs on that special day. Let’s have a look at how to go about selecting a caterer for a wedding.
Wedding Catering Tips
First, if you are in position, how to select a caterer, then keep three answers ready to put forward before inquiring about a caterer. As you will call caterer, every caterer will ask about date and time of your wedding, number of guests and wedding formality and style. In addition, if you have any specific preferences, let the caterers know so that they can be prepared for the first interview with you. In initial meetings, talk to the caterers about your food preferences and most importantly the budget.
If at all possible, talk to friends, family or co-workers and see if anyone can recommend a caterer they have used in the past. One of the best advertisements you can review is word of mouth. When you start calling caterers, they will ask certain questions. They will want to know the date and time of your wedding, number of guests, wedding formality and type of food wanted. In addition, if you have any specific preferences (vegetarian dishes), let the caterers know so that they can be prepared at the first interview with you. In initial meetings, talk to the caterers about your food preferences and most importantly the budget.
Discussion about style of reception for example food stations, buffet, sit down dinner, or cocktail reception, and type of food should take place in your initial meeting, as it gives a clear vision to the caterer about the budget. If you are not familiar with the caterer, you can ask them to present a food sample to taste so that you can examine their culinary skills. Moreover, do not forget to check how attractively the food was presented. If this caterer did not come recommended by someone you know, ask for references and call a few of the references so that you can confirm about the past performance of the caterer.
In house and off-premise catering has varied charges due to set up fees. Most caterers charge per person, so it is completely up to you how you want to keep the arrangements of your wedding. Some caterers offer discounts and special menus for kids; so do not forget to inquire about these options. If you are very particular about style and have specific taste, then, when hiring a caterer do not forget to make special notation about crockery and dinnerware. You might be charged little more for that, but your style will be intact and show more of your personality.
Apart from that, service is another thing that should be considered while choosing a caterer. Be sure to confirm about the ratio of waiters to guests, which should ideally be around one waiter to 8-10 guests. It is important that servers are highly professional in their mannerisms and dress. Lastly, make a final guest count a week before the wedding, as it is important to estimate the wedding expenses. Most reception halls include things like tables, linen and table dressings, but if you are looking for something special make sure you mention it to your caterer. With these tips, you will defiantly make your reception day one to remember.
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