You’re done booking your venue, sending your wedding invitations, hiring photographers and videographers, finalizing the theme and decorations…and what else? Oh, yes. Your wedding caterer! Like other major things in your wedding, you need to choose a wedding caterer and set a budget for it (this is going to be huge!) Because the thing is, feeding your guests with great food could be one of your big day’s highlights. And dear, it’s not cheap. To choose the perfect caterer for your wedding, try to ask yourself these three major questions:
- How much is my budget?
Sit down first and decide how much you are willing to spend for this. The cost when hiring a wedding caterer doesn’t just cover the food but also the service and logistical aspects of the event. Often, they can also be part of the entire preparation considering your wedding theme and venue. Be certain about the things you need from them and prepare your pocket for potential additional costs.
- What type of food-service do I want for my wedding day?
It is best to match the menu with your wedding style and location. Do you want a full-service wedding caterer to take care of the food and logistical planning? Are you planning to have it indoor or outdoor? Do you want a traditional classic wedding reception? Maybe you just want an intimate cocktail style, or the fancy restaurant wedding style? Do you want a plated multi-course or a buffet? Once you have finalized what you really want then it would be easier for you to discuss this with your chosen caterer. And make sure to choose a wedding caterer who’s flexible enough to achieve your desired tone.
- How long has this caterer been in the industry?
Do they have previous verifiable clients whom you can ask about their quality of service? Where are they located? What other types of event do they cater to? Are they widely recommended by the people you trust? Serving great food and doing optimum service takes a lot of experience. Seasoned caterers are expected to have a professional catering team with skills that can deliver exceptional catering services. To make sure of this, you can visit their existing food commissary to see how they prepare their food or check their social media accounts or websites to read some reviews about them.
Choosing the right caterer can definitely create a great impact to your most awaited event. It can help make the night more memorable and worth reliving for your significant other and of course, your guests. The reception almost entirely revolves around the food you serve, that’s why make sure that you meticulously choose the one that can skillfully help you achieve the night you’ve been dreaming of.