So you’re done booking your wedding venue and completed the wedding shopping. What’s next? Food should definitely be on your mind next!
“How was the Food?”— This is the basic question for anyone who has recently attended a wedding. This is why you don’t want your guests to complain about the food, so you should choose your wedding caterer wisely.
Most wedding planners state “Catering can either make or break a wedding!”
Together with the menu variety, quality of the food and the presentation; the caterer brings professional culinary experience. If you’re working with a wedding planner, they might choose the caterer for you. However, if not, review your budget and read the article below for tips on how to choose the perfect caterer.
Finding the right caterer
Go with as much information as possible when you initially meet the caterer. Such information can include the venue name and photos of the reception hall. Provide him a rough estimate on the number of guests you want to invite. Then based on the food options available, mention your budget and what the expected costs might be.
For the final decision, you will need to do a few more steps:
Ask important questions:
At the consultation, ask the caterers if:
1. They’re licensed and insured. Some venues require proof to approve of the caterer.
2. What is included in the typical wedding catering service?
3. How many waiters do they suggest for a wedding of your size?
4. Do they have a different staff for the bartending area?
5. Will there be any other charges?
Signing the contract
Now you’re done meeting with your list of caterers and finalized on the perfect one! Before you go to sign the contract, review everything to make sure the contract includes the following:
1. Who: Contact info and name.
2. What: What will they be providing?
3. Where : Location of the events
4. When : Date and time of the service.
5. How much: the cost-per-item, set-up, delivery and other charges.
6. Receipt: What is the balance due and how much was the deposit paid.
7. Policies: What is the cancellation policy.
Next step is to get your wedding planner, caterer and venue manager to discuss and finalize the logistics of your wedding day. Now you’re all set to get started!