Choosing a Caterer: Tips to Remember
Finding a Caterer is an essential part of any wedding. Here’s how to choose a caterer so that the food at your reception is something memorable, for all the right reasons.
- Listen to word of mouth recommendations. No amount of advertising can replace a good recommendation from somebody you know and trust.
- Visit wedding websites such as the Knot or Wedding Wire to read reviews from Brides who have recently used catering services of caterer you are considering
- Schedule a Tasting. Caterers that do large events should offer tastings. Tastings are a caterer’s time to shine! You will taste the quality of the food they offer as well as learn about the services they provide. Tastings are not only about the food, but the presentation of food.
- Does the catering company have consultants/event planners that are helpful and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of planning large event
- Feel free to ask the caterer if their staff comes from a temporary agency or if they are employees of the catering company. Wait staff that comes from a temp agency can imply that the catering company doesn’t often handle large staffed events.
- If you require bartending services, it’s beneficial if your caterer is able to provide not only your bartender and alcohol, but the liability insurance that will be required by your venue. How do they structure there alcohol pricing
- Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer for references from recent events.
- Ask for written quotes/proposals. Although pricing is important it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. The food cost for a wedding can be more than 50 percent of the wedding budget; you’re going to get what you pay for. You want to work with a caterer who is willing to work within your budget without sacrificing the quality of the food.
- Once you have selected your caterer ask who your point of contact person will be throughout the process.
- Once you are satisfied with your chosen caterer find out what is needed to book and secure your date
- Once you have booked/contracted with your caterer, you will have an established relationship with the event coordinator that will guide you through the entire processes and should even follow up with you after your event.