Lifestyle Magazine

Tips on Choosing a Caterer for Your Wedding

By Weddingblog2011

Choosing a caterer for your wedding is probably the most important aspect of any wedding not only because the bulk of the cost for the wedding is in the food but also because, well ….. let’s face it, everyone talks about the food!

The type of caterer you should use will largely depend on where you are having your wedding. Many venues have their own caterers and do not allow outside staff in the facilities but there are other reception halls where you can bring in your own catering company.

If your wedding reception is at home, in a garden or hall then you can use any caterer available. Each caterer will have varying costs and fees depending on your choice of food. Before you visit a caterer you should have a list of what you need to have at the wedding as well as other things that you may want or desire but may not be absolutely necessary.

You should always interview several caterers before making your final choice. When interviewing you should determine what services they provide as some caterers provide food and wait service but may not include alcohol. Each caterer may provide a different set of services. Sometimes caterers will also include other parts of the wedding such as flowers and decorations. They can either make the cake or recommend a baker.

Reputable caterers will provide photos of other weddings they have done. You should carefully look at these photos, check the caterer’s references and taste their food before signing a contract. The contract should have everything spelled out in detail and if you are not satisfied then don’t sign it. If you have to question anything then there is not enough detail in the contract and you should have it rewritten to include answers to all your questions. As a bare minimum, the contract should include the agreed upon services, total price and a cancellation policy.

The fees for catering are generally calculated based on the number of guests. The amount and type of food will also influence the price and a 15% service charge is usually included. The majority of all caterers will require a minimum of 50% of the costs up front and others will require as much as 75%. They also will require a total quest count two weeks prior to the wedding. You should not pay the remainder of the balance until after the reception and only if you are satisfied with the service.

Some of the general questions you should ask the caterer include:

How many menu selections are there?
What are the different costs per person?
Is the caterer a full time caterer?
What types of events do they cater for?
What is the dress code for the staff?
Can they provide references and how much experience do they have with weddings?

There are many more specific questions to ask that will depend on the type of wedding you are planning.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Big Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy in China

    Food Giants Manipulate Public Health Policy China

    Coca-Cola is at it again. As soda sales decline in the United States and Europe, beverage companies look to emerging economies like China for growth. And, it... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • Jewellery for a Precious You

    Jewellery Precious

    Jewellery is always close to a woman’s heart. It completes her look and boost confidence. Considering the changing trends in jewellery fashion, it becomes... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Dr.jenifer Sayyed
    LIFESTYLE
  • Rajshri Productions’ Next Is A Film On Friendship | Hum Chaar | Trailer

    Abhishek Dixit’s debut feature film Hum Chaar is a Bollywood film made under the banner of Rajshri’s film. Hum Chaar is written and directed by Abhishek Dixit. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit

    Saint Paul First Hermit

    Today is the feast day of Saint Paul the hermit. This is a sweet and delicate Oatmeal Bread topped with rolled oats and naturally sweetened with agave. Saint... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Veronica46
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES
  • Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu | Teaser | Pranav Mohanlal | Arun Gopy

    Arun Gopy’s Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu is an upcoming Malayalam action-drama feature film starring Pranav Mohanlal and Zaya David in the lead roles. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Themoviean
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • A Year Of Body Positivity

    Year Body Positivity

    Last January, as I sat there on New Years eve all set to make the same old resolutions I've made year after year for as long as I can remember, I realised how... Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Sparklesandstretchmarks
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – Jan 2019

    Garden Bloggers Bloom 2019

    Euphorbia rigidaWhen I went out to take the photos for this blog post I was surprised at how much was in flower dotted around the garden. Read more

    The 15 January 2019 by   Patientgardener
    GARDENING, HOME

Magazines