When selecting a wedding catering company you are looking for excellent food, service and the ability to work the detail involved in your day. Below is some advice to take with you when meeting with a wedding caterer.
Wedding Catering Tips.
First of all you need to see if your caterer is available on the date you require. Find out about their booking process. Be sure you know what is involved with booking your caterer and how payments will be finalised. Unexpected bills are never a good thing especially with a wedding.
Ideally you should researching and meeting with caterers at least 9 months before your big day. Many venues may have a list of preferred suppliers. Once your date is chosen and the venue is booked that’s the perfect time to start contacting catering companies.
Working with your budget.
It is important you get an early idea of costs. What do those costs include? What options are available to you and your budget. If you are on a small budget tell your caterer what it is. They should be able to provide a package to suit your needs. Find out exactly what is included in any package.
One of the main things to look out for is whether the price includes VAT. Different caterers may or may not include tableware and linen hire within their quotes. Be sure to check with the caterer. It’s not something you want to have to find extra budget for right before the wedding.
How Good Is The Food?
When selecting your caterer you are looking for stunning presentation and great taste. Ask to see images of caterers food and if possible any testimonials. It is important that your caterer has professional, commercial facilities and a team of talented staff to serve your guests on the day.
Taste, taste, taste.
Check the caterer offers a tasting session prior to your wedding. Be aware though, that popular caterers will have limited availability throughout the summer season. A tasting will allow you to fully understand the quality, style and presentation of their food. It gives you the opportunity to explore how your own ideas can be worked into their existing menus.
A good wedding caterer should understand your overall vision for the day and listen to your ideas. They should be able to use their wealth of experience and build upon your ideas.
Wedding Catering Experience
Choose a professional caterer who can back up their skills with experience. Use social media and websites to see what jobs they have most recently worked on and their presence in the catering market.
Finally, service is extremely important. Equal to the quality and style of your food. It’s important that you receive a top level of service right from your initial enquiry, through to the end of the wedding day itself. Your caterer should provide you with the enthusiasm, excitement and expertise your wedding deserves!