A wedding is one of the most incredible days in someone’s life and the catering needs to be absolutely spectacular that day. It is very important to choose the best caterer to manage the food department for your special day and avoid any unnecessary inconveniences.
It is important to find and choose the right person for dealing with the catering service for the big day. Let’s have a look at some of the tips that can help you select the ideal one.
1.Plan a proper budget
First things first, budgeting is the most crucial thing that you have to decide on before you go further into the process of picking a caterer and many couples get very overwhelmed with the pricing when they hear out the caterers. So have an idea discuss with each other and set out a number that you would like to spend in this particular sector before you meet the caterers.
2.Test before you choose
Keep your mind and options open and meet at least 4-5 caterers before you pick one for the event. Compare what each of them has to offer to you.
Most wedding planners and caterers have their website these days and it is a very convenient way for you to check the reviews and ratings of the caterers that you are deciding to choose from. Checking the reviews will help you check the caterers efficiency and how good they are at their service.
4.Have a look at the serving styles and dinnerware
Many times it happens that the venue doesn’t accommodate you with the facility of the dinnerware required for serving the guests. Discuss with the caterer whether they provide the proper dinnerware and linens for the tables.
5. Choose someone who communicates well
Your wedding is the most important day of your life, and to make it a picture perfect event, you have to be constantly communicating with the planners and caterers at all times and check their profile to see how efficient they are at communicating with their clients before heading forward.
6. Have a taste test
Taste test is the most important part of the selection process for you have to choose the food that tastes nothing less that spectacular.
7. Discuss about their flexibility with the menu
While planning a food menu it is crucial that the caterer are flexible with sudden adjustments in the menu to avoid disasters. Some guests might be allergic or intolerant to some food and ingredients and it can only be found out on the RSVPs. So have a talk about whether they are open to tackle such sudden changes and alterations if required.
8. The serving portions
Not to much not too less, the portions of each course of meal has to be of the perfect amount. Check if they provide the right portions and sizes of appetizers and main course and sides.
9. Check for proper professional behavior
Professionalism is extremely important when you are dealing with any sort of event or service provider. You have to observe how punctual and professional they are with the work they do and whether they have a proper eye for detail.
10. Check for proper hygiene maintenance
As you are hiring someone to serve hundreds of guests with food you have check out whether the caterers prepare their meal in a well clean and hygienic environment and whether they take proper precautions for keeping the meals fresh.
11. Sign the contract
Once you have decided on the caterer of your preference, ask them for a proper written agreement to be signed on that specifies all the important points and numbers for future convenience of both you and the caterer and also to avoid any unnecessary hassle.
The trick here is to take your time and keep an open mind for proposals before you dive in. There are so many options and menus to choose from. If you follow these tips and tricks ou sure won’t get overwhelmed and confused with the process of choosing the best caterer for your wedding.
Jocelyn McDonald says
My sister is getting married, and she asked me to help her find a caterer for the big day. Your article was very helpful with its tips to hire a service like this, and I liked how you said to choose a caterer that is flexible and can tackle sudden changes in the menu if some guests might be allergic or intolerant to some food and ingredients. Thanks; I’ll share this with my sister to help her choose the best caterer for her wedding.
Boss Hog says
Glad you enjoyed the post Jocelyn!
David Jones says
You have shared a list of great tips here. I hope your tips will help people to find the best catering service provider that will help them to make their wedding more enjoyable and memorable. Thanks
Sam Li says
I like your advice about choosing someone who communicates well. I think that catering can make any event memorable. If I were to need such services, I would call the best catering company in town.
Italian Catering Thornhill says
Reviews are the golden appearance that matters a lot in terms of internet era as one negative review can downfall the business to choose the best wedding caterer you have to do some research work as research is the key which matters a lot and if you are going to hire the caterer for first time then you have to follow major key points.
Dean Phillips says
I thought it was great how the article talked about observing how punctual and professional a catering company is before you hire them. My daughter is getting married in three months and she is looking for a company that can cater to her wedding with all of her favorite foods. She would appreciate it if the company she hires has a professional demeanor when they work.
Catering Services of UK says
Useful information here!
Kate Welling says
I like your advice about how taste testing is the most important part of the selection process. I could see how this would help you be more prepared for your big day! My sister just got engaged and she is already starting to plan the wedding. I’ll let her know this so that she can look for a caterer in her area.
Logan Wallace says
Thank you for sharing on how to choose a wedding caterer. Which is very important because food is expected on every occasion most especially wedding who needs to be celebrated.
Eileen Benson says
It made sense when you said that reading online reviews is a good way to learn about the caterer’s efficiency and level of provided service. My sister will be getting married on the beach next spring and wants to find a really spectacular caterer for the reception. I’m glad I read your article so I can teach her how to evaluate and compare potential caterers!
Oscar Morrison says
It’s good to consider that we should research beforehand how well they’ll be able to maintain communication during the event so we can resolve issues if they pop up. We’re getting ready to get married in May, and we’re going to try selecting a caterer for the event sometime in the next couple of weeks. Making sure we find someone we can rely on when things are their craziest will help us feel confident things can be ok in the end.
Greta James says
I love your advice to have a taste test and discuss what adjustments can be made for allergies and other needs! On January 1st, my sister got engaged! It was such a cute proposal, and now, we are starting to think about wedding stuff. I hope we starting looking at caterers soon!
Kate Hansen says
I like how you mentioned that you can check their efficiency by reading their reviews. My sister and her fiance are wanting to find a catering company for their wedding coming up in a couple of weeks, and they want to make sure they find the right one. I’ll make sure to pass these tips along to them so the can know what to look for when searching for a catering company.
David Johnson says
Thank you for explaining that you want to consider how professional and punctual the service is. My friend is getting married in a few weeks and loves pizza. We’ll have to find an Italian restaurant that caters.
Jesse Ford says
I like how you mentioned that before going any further in the catering planning process, you need to establish a budget. My wife and I are thinking of looking for a cater waiter service because our daughter is considering having a wedding reception in our backyard and inviting guests over. I think it’s a good idea that we hire a reputable service that can help us professionally feed our guests so they’ll have a great time at our daughter’s wedding reception.