Planning your wedding is definitely one of the most pivotal periods of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful times, especially if you are trying to adhere to a strict budget. Giving all of your attention to every detail can get overwhelming. One aspect of your wedding that you can not go without is a caterer. Regardless of how big, small, formal, or informal your wedding may be, you must feed your guests. Unfortunately, food also happens to be one of the most expensive elements of a wedding. However, finding and securing the right caterer for you is easier than it seems.
There are numerous experienced caterers ready and willing to help you create the wedding of your dreams. All you need to know is how to ask the right questions to find out which caterer will fit your wedding budget and taste best. Not only will narrowing down what you want and need save you time, it will also save you money. Below you will find five tips to prepare you for your caterer search.
1) It is of utmost importance that you begin by calculating your wedding catering budget. Essentially, you want to cut costs wherever possible. An experienced caterer should be able to customize a menu to fit your budgets needs.
2) Next, you will want to figure out which types of foods you want to serve. It is paramount for you to consider your wedding’s theme as well as your guest list when deciding the wedding's menu. Having a pretty good idea of the types of foods you will want to serve at your reception will help you narrow down which caterers will be able to work for you.
3) Now it is time to schedule a few different tastings with caterers who not only fit your budget, but also fit your choice food style as well. You should never book a caterer that does not allow you to sample your menu first.
4) It is imperative that you inquire if your caterer provides linens, tables, and chairs. If they do, find out if it is included in your original menu price or if it costs extra. You should also check out what types of chairs and linens the caterer supplies before you make your final decision. You will want to make sure these items are of good quality and fit the style of your wedding.
5) Lastly, ensure that the caterer provides a full service wait staff. Do not forget to ask about the wait staff’s attire and how many hands they will be lending for your wedding. You do not want an underdressed or understaffed wait service as the caterer is a direct reflection of your wedding’s quality.