Tips For Choosing A Caterer For Your Wedding

Your wedding day is a special day and everything needs to be in place and perfect. And no event is complete and perfect without food and drinks. You need to ensure that your guests are served with the best tasting and looking food. You also need to make sure that you don’t run out of food mid-way, imagine how embarrassing that would be. Choosing a caterer for your wedding is a very complex task. Therefore, we get you a ready checklist to make the catering hiring process easier:

  1. Experience: Experience of the caterer is of utmost importance. There are certain things that get better with age and experience. And cooking meals and estimating the quantity of food to be prepared for a set number of wedding guests, gets better with experience. You can even ask for references from your family or friends to get the best pick.
  2. Background check: It is very important to do a background check of the caterer before choosing a caterer for your wedding. If the caterer has a website, surf through it to look out for the reviews and testimonials.
  3. Know your budget: Before you choose a caterer, estimate the amount of money you can spend on the food and drinks. Only then you can narrow your list down to that one caterer.  The cost of the food and drinks depends on –
    • The number guests attending the wedding.
    • The kind of food that would be served.
    • Expertise of the chef
    • The way you want your food to be served (buffet, formal dinner etc).
  4. Cuisine: Is there a specific type of cuisine you want to be served to the guests? Would you like a multi-cuisine, full course meal served? Popular cuisines that must be a part of wedding menu are:
    • Chinese
    • Italian
    • Thai
    • Continental
    • Mexican
    • Mughlai
  5. Ask the caterer certain questions: To access the experience and professional level of the caterer it is best to collect answers for all the below mentioned question:
    • How long have they been in the business?
    • Will the wedding cake be included in the catering?
    • Can they cater to your needs? What are their charges?
    • Is the chef experienced?
    • Can they offer tastings of their food, so it’ll help you choose better?
    • Can they give you the references of their past clients? This will be helpful in getting a first-hand experience about them.
  6. Tastings: Once you’ve short listed a few caterers, you need to start the tasting process. If the caterers own a restaurant, then you should definitely go have a full course meal and see for yourself, or rather taste for yourself.
  7. Paperwork: Once you’ve chosen the best caterer that suits to your needs, get down to business. Include charges for food, drinks, travelling expenses, corkage, delivery, staff, equipment hired etc and sign a contract.

It’s your wedding day; don’t settle for anything but the best. With these tips for choosing a caterer for your wedding enjoy your each moment without getting tensed.

By Simon Angling