The process you use to choose a caterer for your wedding venue can mean the difference between your guests going home grumpy and irritated by poor reception and a happy guest list that won’t mind doing it all over again. Unfortunately, many soon-to-be-wed couples are caught up with trying to find the best wedding dresses and other intricate details of the wedding to give much sense to the caterer.
So, what should you put into consideration when choosing a wedding venue caterer, and how much do you need to prepare? Is it the same process as choosing the bridesmaid dresses?
Basically, it is advisable that you contact several caterers before the due date of the wedding, preferably several months before the wedding. This is essentially because other soon-to-be-weds are booking for the caterers ahead of time too, and if you want to find a caterer who will prepare the yummiest foodies and give exceptional catering services during your wedding, then you will have to book them early too.
Start by making a list of all the possible caterers you will love to work with, and the details that they are most likely to request from you. This will include such things like the venue of the wedding, the number of invited guests broken down to such categories like adult and children. You will also have to confer with the caterer concerning your estimated catering budget. This will help the caterer to prepare the logistics ahead of time and ultimately lead to a more successful day and ceremony.
Choosing a Catering Service
The catering expenses will most probably be the most expensive item on your wedding budget (closely followed by bridesmaid dresses), but weddings happen only once, and you want the day to be as successful as success can ever get. So there shouldn’t be any mincing of coins here. Precautions should however be made during the selection stage to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money, which brings us to the question, what are the factors to consider when choosing a wedding caterer?
After you have contacted the several caterers and you have analyzed their charges for the different menus you have in mind, you will have to settle on one of them. Here are a few tips that should help you make that decision:
What is there level of experience in handling wedding receptions and what kind of a reputation do they have from their previous customers?
How many wedding receptions are they handling every year
What type of food do they specialize with; will it fit with your guests?
Will they provide a sample of their food, for instance by allowing you to go to another wedding in which they are catering?
These few questions will help you decide whether you want to work with that particular caterer. It is imperative that you evaluate each point carefully before making your final selection.
You will also need to factor in other factors such as the type of dining you will want your guests to have; will it be a seated dining or a buffet service?