Are You Well Catered For?
When you’re looking for the caterer for your wedding, you can feel swamped by the sheer enormity of the task, so we’ve broken down the basic requirements into a few easy bite-sized (see what we did there?) chunks. Here’s what you need to look for to make sure you’re catered for properly.
Are they available?
You should start looking at least nine or ten months in advance of your date and you may find that your venue has a list of trusted vendors. Look at the shortlisted candidates and see what their social media presence is like. You want recent, frequent and well-received events. Examine the feedback and look for how they deal with problems if they arise.
Work out the budget
Set out your budget early on so that your vendor can tell you what your options are and what they can do for you. Hopefully they will have packages based on budget bands, but don’t assume this.
You need to find out if your quote includes GST, as this can rack up the costs if you forget about it. Similarly you may need to hire someone else for linens and tableware, so pin this down early as well.
What’s the quality like?
You need great quality and great looks, so ask for a portfolio of previous work. Find out who’s preparing the food and what the facilities are. A good idea is to ask for a seasonal menu, as this will keep prices low and quality and freshness high.
Proof of the pudding
Looking at pictures is all well and good, but you also need to try it out in real life, so ask about a tasting session.
On the same page
A great caterer will listen to your ideas and vision and work to make it happen, as well as provide some input from their own experience.
It’s in the detail
Your wedding caterer is going to be the person dressing the tables and setting the scene before your big day takes off, so make sure they’re hot on the small stuff. Flowers, candles, tableware, favours and so on – they all need to be arranged to create the best impression possible. This takes time and conscientiousness – make sure your caterer has this.
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