A wedding caterer prepares the wedding menu and takes care of the dinner flow. But, that is only one part of what they do. They are also responsible for coordinating the reception timeline. Many wedding caterers also supply the necessary tableware required for the wedding. And the crown jewel of them all, they prepare the wedding cake as well. So, it goes without saying that you want only the best wedding caterer for your wedding. So, the question is – how do you decide which one is the best? Allow us to help you.
Check their documents
Professional wedding caterers should have operating license. If they have the license, then it means that they have met the local health department standards. If you hire caterers that have not met health department standards, then may prove to be unprofessional. More importantly, the chances of food poising increase significantly. Also, if you want them to serve liquor, then ask for their liquor license, whic
h has to be obtained separately by them. In addition to these, check if they have liability insurances for serving food as well as liquor.
It is important to confirm whether they can completely dedicate their time and resources to you and you only on the day of your wedding. If they also have to serve another wedding somewhere else, there is bound to be confusion and compromise in their service quality.
If you are planning to have any specialty, ethnic, organic, or other types of foods, then first check with them whether they have handled such requests before. If you want a particular cuisine for your wedding, then ask them a few questions on that particular cuisine. Even simple questions like which dishes they know as part of that cuisine should give you enough information.
This is possibly the most important thing you will do while selecting a wedding caterer. Ask them to provide references of people, whose weddings they catered at. These are the people who have had the experience of the caterer’s quality of service firsthand. This is the best way to ascertain the professionalism and quality of services of the caterer.
It is one thing to check with others and read online reviews. Tastes change from person to person. You may not like what someone else may like. So, you should taste the food prepared by the caterer, before you make the decision. Ask them when they can arrange for a taste sampling session.
Catering will probably take up the biggest chunk of your wedding budget. Therefore, plan how much you are ready to spend on catering. Ask them whether they offer per plate prices, or an all-inclusive package. If it is an all-inclusive package, as them what all is included. It is best if it is a full service package. If they offer their own wait staff, then that is a huge advantage. Their wait staff knows the ins and outs of the caterer, and can work seamlessly without any hiccups. Also check whether the wedding cake, liquor, bartenders, tables, silverware, napkins, and so on are included in the package. In a nutshell, check what all features are included in their package. Any feature that they provide, which you don’t have to go looking for elsewhere is a plus.