Food can make or break a wedding. If you have amazing food, you’ll have friends and family members comment on it for years to come. If not… Well, we don’t even want to go there.
Even if you don’t have an idea of what kind of food you want to serve at your reception, it’s a good idea to keep your wedding style in mind. A backyard wedding does not mix well with an eight course meal, nor do you serve barbecue at your black tie event.
Some venues do the catering themselves or have a list of preferred vendors, but whoever you go with, it’s a very important decision and you want to be well prepared. Here’s our list of the top 21 questions to ask your wedding caterers.
Number one question, of course. Also, are they doing any other events on the day of your wedding? And if so, do they have enough time in between.
With something as important as food, you probably don’t want to go with someone who has been on the job for a month. If you want, you can also ask for references.
While not a necessity, it makes setup that much easier if your caterers have already worked in the space before.
It’s nice to have someone there to help things run smoothly, especially with a sit-down dinner. Things can get hectic in the background.
What your caterer is good at is what is going to taste the best, but you also want to make sure that whatever they serve is on par with the rest of your wedding.
Often caterers will offer several preset menus for you to choose from, so if you don’t like your options you may have to go with someone else. Ask them well in advance if there is a specialty item you would like served at your reception.
Whether their packages just cover different or foods or food and table linens, or what have you. If they don’t do packages, then everything will be a la carte and give you the option to pick and choose exactly what you want.
Organic foods is more of a personal preference, but as far as dietary restrictions, even if you don’t have any allergies or intolerances, there’s a good chance a few of your guests will.
Such as table linens, place settings, chair coverings, etc. And what is the cost of using these items. A good thing to know in case you need to buy or rent these items yourself.
If you are having a themed wedding, you definitely what to find a caterer that can accommodate this. Even better if they can provide some decorations for your theme.
Like a chocolate fountain or other whatever else you may want.
Or pass around appetizers and appetizer stations.
If they do do cakes, be sure to ask to see pictures of cakes they’ve done in the past. If they don’t do cakes, they might charge a cake cutting fee, so make sure to ask about that, as well.
Very important when a caterer makes it to the next round. The food might sound amazing but you don’t really know until you try.
You don’t want to be left with a surprise mess. In many cases, cleanup is left to you, but if they say otherwise, make sure you get your agreement in writing.
Is there a way to pack up leftover food for guests or donate it to a local shelter?
If so, ask about what kinds of alcohol and how much, if they can do specialty cocktails, how they charge, and what other non-alcoholic beverages will be offered, If they don’t serve alcohol, see if they can provide bar staff if you provide the alcohol and if they charge a corkage fee for wine and champagne you bring yourself.
Make sure to get a list of this and everything their fees include. From the food and drink to the tax and service charges.
Everything on your wedding day is scheduled down to the minute.
Just so you know.
Who knows, maybe you’ll find a better deal. Or maybe the worst case scenario will happen.
Food is definitely a huge aspect of your wedding and with catering (dinner, beverages, and cake) taking up about 30% of your entire budget, you want to make sure it’s perfect. Before you even start looking, you’ll want to ask your venue if they have any preferred caterers, even if they don’t, they’ll probably have some suggestions. Keep your style, theme, and definitely your budget in mind when choosing your menu and caterers. If possible, definitely try the food first, and don’t commit until you’re completely satisfied with the company and the menu.
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