The process of planning a wedding can be quite stressful, especially the reception. After all, there are endless aspects to consider, from venues and invites, to flowers, to linens, china, music, lighting, tents, tables, parking, and more. With all of this on your plate, it is quite normal to feel overwhelmed. But when it comes to catering your special day, finding the right wedding caterer for the job doesn’t have to add to this stress. With these 5 questions in mind, you can separate the quality caterers from the rest.
Always ask a caterer how much experience they have. This includes where they did their culinary studies, where they have worked in the past, and how long they have been in business as a local caterer in your area. Accordingly, you will also want to ask about their experience with weddings in particular. Ask them how many weddings they have catered, if they cater them regularly, and if they prefer to catering weddings. Some catering companies do not like to do weddings, but they will sometimes take on the job. You want to avoid companies like these. If they are not enthusiastic about wedding catering, they are not the right caterers for you! A quality caterer has a passion for catering weddings. They are one of the most beautiful and memorable events of a person’s life!
Your budget is usually at the top of your priority list, so be sure to start off with the topic of pricing right away when interviewing potential caterers. Ask them what level of pricing they maintain. This will also speak to the quality of the food, which is the next item of discussion. Cafeteria-style catering costs much less than fine dining catering. Know which type of food and service you are looking for, and then set a realistic budget to reflect your catering needs. Doing some research will give you an idea of how much wedding catering costs on average, in the style that you want.
There are many questions to ask your wedding caterer about food. Food is the most important aspect of their service. You will want to know about their chefs, their menus, how they prepare their foods, their options for diet restrictions, alcoholic options, whether or not they offer customized menus and taste tests, and much more. Ask them what sets their food apart from other caterers too. What makes their company unique?
With catering comes a certain level of service. You get to choose how much or how little service you want with your wedding catering. Ask companies what they offer, what comes with certain packages, what is free and what is not free, how much additional services or full-service catering will cost you, and so forth. You have the option of full-service catering, which generally includes delivery, setup, wait service, breakdown, and cleanup. It can also include onsite chef cooking. You may also opt for less service, such as delivery, drop off, and pickup. It should all be customizable to your needs. Some companies even offer comprehensive catering selections, including china, linens, cutlery, table settings, and more.
One of the best innovations of the decade is customer reviews. We can now review businesses and their services, and give feedback on how they serve us. Reading past customer reviews, or asking for references and client testimonials, is an excellent way to get to know your potential wedding catering company. If they do not have any client reviews or testimonials, ask them if they can provide a free preview of some of their menus and services. Otherwise, just move onto another company who does have reviews; just be sure they are good ones!