When selecting a catering company you are to look for great food, service and their ability to work with the detail of the enormity that is involved in the day. Here are a few factors to discuss when you are planning to meet your caterer for the first time.
Firstly, you must check with the dates. There’s no point wasting your time with a caterer who isn’t free on the wedding date. If the said company does find out time, then go through their booking and payment process. Ensure your date is secure, and cross-check on the payment dates. This is to avoid an unexpected shock and a sudden expense before the wedding. The ideal time to start researching and meeting caterers comes months before the actual wedding date. Many venues have a list of preferred suppliers, which include caterers. Thus, once the date is chosen and the venue is booked, start your search for an ideal caterer.
It is of utmost importance to get an early indication of catering costs and their inclusive. Ask about the different options available, and if you are on a limited budget make it a point to tell your caterer that too. Ideally, they must be able to provide a package that suits your needs. Make a note of what is included and what is excluded in the package. The principal concern is the inclusion of VAT in the quote. Caterers often do not include table ware and linen hire in their prices. Make sure you run your requirement past them before making your decision.
Food and Presentation
When selecting the caterer, you need to look for great presentation with awesome taste. Check the portfolio of various dishes made by the caterer. It is important for a caterer to have professional as well as commercial facilities combined with a team of talented individuals to serve on your guests that very day. When meeting the caterer it is advisable to ask about quality and sustainability of food they source. Sensational menus highly impact on taste and quality of meal.
Check if the caterer offers a tasting experience or not. It is quite obviously that popular caterers have huge demand throughout the season. Tasting is your window to fully understand the style, quality and presentation. You can also work your ideas into the menu.
A good caterer will always listen to your ideas, use their experience and make it a memorable experience altogether for you and your guests.
The choice of a caterer makes or breaks a wedding. Hence, it is of utmost importance to choose your wedding caterer with care. After all it is your big day and it needs to be special for your own sake.