Your wedding day is something you will remember for the rest of your life, so be sure to fill it will good memories, including good food! Chances are your caterer will be the heart of your reception. If the food is appetizing and there is plenty for everyone, your guests will leave satisfied.
When planning for a caterer, first check with your venue to find out if an outside caterer is permitted or if you are limited to an on-site provider. If an outside caterer is allowed, they might even have a list of recommendations.
If you can remember a time when you attended a wedding and were impressed with the food, ask the couple about the caterer and if they were happy with their work. You can also ask for references from your other wedding vendors, such as your photographer or wedding planner, if you have one.
Don’t be afraid to interview several caterers. Here is a list of questions you might want to ask:
- Can the caterer arrange for a tasting of foods you’re interested in?
- How much is a buffet versus plated dinners?
- Can they offer hors d’oeuvres or a dessert bar?
- Can the caterer provide the use of other food related items, such as silverware, linens, tables and chairs?
- Will the caterer be working any other wedding on that same weekend?
- Does the caterer handle the table settings?
- Will the caterer provide wait staff?
- Where will the food be prepared?
- Does the caterer work with fresh (not frozen) food?
- Is the caterer licensed?
- Can the caterer provide alcohol? Or do you need to handle the bar separately?
- Can you see photos of previous work displays?
- Can you speak to previous clients?
Food tends to be one of the most remembered details of a wedding, so be careful in your decision. Plan way in advance so you can take your time making decisions.