Who should Cater my Wedding?

November 28th, 20103:14 pm

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Who should Cater my Wedding?

Food is a large element to any wedding.  Most guests come to celebrate the union between you and your partner, but they also come for the food.  For this reason alone, it’s important that you put a lot of thought and research into the caterer that you choose to feed everyone at your event.

With so many caterers out there, there is no way that you will have time to go and sample foods from them all.  So just how can you choose who should cater you wedding?

Ask Recently Married Couples

If you have gone to a wedding recently, or if you know of a couple who has gotten married lately, ask them who they used as a caterer if you or they liked the food!  Take down the name and number of the caterer, and then call them up and see what they have to offer on the menu.

Ask Caterers

If a caterer you know and enjoy is not available to host your event, why not ask them who they would recommend?  People in the profession know who’s good, who’s worth passing on, and who you should definitely avoid.  They will be able to recommend people who are easy to work with and who serve up quality foods for a good price.

TIPAnother good way to find a caterer for your wedding is to go to your favorite restaurant and ask if they would be willing to cater your event.  Though this is usually not standard practice, some restaurants will cater, especially if you are a loyal customer.

The Interviewing Process

No matter who recommended the caterer to you, it’s still always a good idea for you to ask a few questions yourself.  You want to know answers to the following:

  • How long have you been in the catering business?
  • How does the caterer decide just how much food to serve?
  • Are plates, flatware and linens provided?  If not, do they know someone who they could employ for this job?
  • Does the caterer clean up after the reception is over?
  • Will the catering company be able to accommodate specialized needs (i.e. vegetarians, those who have a nut allergy, or anyone who is lactose intolerant)?
  • What is the deposit?
  • What is their cancellation policy?

Be sure that you also ask for references.  When you receive the references, call those references and see how they enjoyed the service.

You also need to sample the food before you sign on the dotted line.  If the catering company doesn’t allow you to sample their food, pass on them and move right on along to the next one.

Hiring the Caterer

So the references have checked out and you like how the company operates.  Now what?  Now it’s time to sign that contract!  This is where a lot of couples get weak the knees and they often neglect to “seal the deal”.  Sign the contract as soon as possible, otherwise there’s a good chance that your caterer will be occupied on the day of your wedding.  Also make sure that everything that both you and the caterer agreed upon is in that contract.