Let’s not sugar coat it – the food is important! Years down the road some guests may remember two things about your wedding: the kiss + the cuisine. Trust us! With that, it’s important to select a caterer you trust, that can provide delicious food, exceptional service and a wonderful experience for your guests. During your initial catering consultations, here are a few questions you want to get the answers to!
- Is the caterer able to accommodate special requests and dietary restrictions? With food allergies at an all time high, it is guaranteed you will have a handful of guests that are gluten free, dairy free, or probably allergic to something you have never heard of!
- Does the caterer provide vendor meals for the wedding day and how much do they charge? Most of your event pros that will be with you the whole day, do require a meal at some point throughout the evening. Most caterers know this and have no trouble accommodating. It will be your job to let them know the total number of vendors that need to be fed and if they have special meal requirements.
- Are they a full-service caterer? Meaning – in addition to the food do they also provide rentals, alcohol, personnel?
- Does the caterer offer tastings before being hired or after being hired? This is important – sometimes you may be stuck on deciding between one caterer over another, but you have yet to try their food. A tasting is often times the deciding factor!
- Can the caterer provide the wedding cake? If you decide to out-source the wedding cake, do they charge a cutting fee?
- Do they charge a service fee and what is it covering? Some caterers do charge a service fee and some do not. That service fee can also be different based on companies. Some will use it as a line item for administrative costs where others will use it as staff gratuity. Be sure to understand all of your costs!
- Don’t be afraid to asks for storyboards and photos of previous events and weddings they have done. There are a number of different ways to set a buffet or plate an entree, but presentation is everything!