As your stare down at your newly engaged ringed finger, you realize that there is a lot of planning to be done. One of the most important parts of planning any wedding (between the dress) is choosing a caterer. One of the first things people are asked after attending a wedding is: How was the catering service?
You want to make sure that the answer is going to be, “Fabulous!” Therefore, it is up to you to choose a reputable, trusted catering company that is capable of providing amazing food and outstanding table service at your wedding reception. In order to do this, you need to have clear about your desires when interviewing caterers.
Did you know that food seriously sets the tone of your wedding? When people are enjoying great food in conjuction with a stellar environment, they have more fun. After all, that's what weddings are all about, fun and celebrating the union between two people. What better way to do that other than an epic spread of mouthwatering cuisine?
Before speaking to any catering companies, determine what your budget is for this part of the wedding. You do not want to completely fall in love with a dinner service provider and then find out their prices exceeded your bank account. It's your wedding, and you do not need that sort of letdown so prevent it from meeting altogether.
Consider attending a wedding show or exhibition where various caterers in your area offer sample foods from their menus. Make sure to grab a business card from each company that tantalizes your taste buds so you can call them later and discuss your own wedding. Make sure to ask lots of questions, this is your opportunity to get a ton of information all in one spot.
Once you pinpoint a potential caterer, one of the first questions you should ask is what their specialty is. Some caterers might excel in a certain cuisine such as fine French foods. Make sure that the company is not only presenting themselves as gurus of the catering industry but can deliver the mind blowing results that they claim. Ask the caterer what he or she feels is the best entrée on their menu.
Definitely ask your friends and family for their input. If you have been to a wedding or party thrown by a friend and enjoyed the food, reach out to them and get the details of which company they used. Personal reviews are the best reviews as the person who is giving you the feedback is not going to lie because you are their friend, and they want you to be happy.
Make sure you are clear as to what the catering company supplies in terms of weddings. Do they offer rentals like fine China dishes, gold encrusted glasses, linens, tables, or even a venue? These are things to go over with the caterer to ensure you are getting the level of service that you need. There are instances where the caterer may not supply certain items but your florist or venue host will.
Go over the type of serving styles the company offers. Some caterers only offer buffet style dining while other enjoy the fine art of plated dinners and table service. In some cases, a caterer might offer both options. It's always great to have choices. Decide which type of service you have your heart set on and make sure the caterer you're going with can accommodate your needs.
Finally, once you have decided on a catering service and you feel confident with their capabilities and good about their prices, book them as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute almost ensures they will not be available for your wedding as catering services are always busy.