Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” So, have you found that person that’s better than your dreams? Is it time to plan the wedding?
Making a list of your ideas will help ensure nothing is forgotten. The first step is to plan the budget. Did you know the top 5 UK wedding expenses in 2019 were the venue, honeymoon, food, engagement ring, and drinks?
Did you notice that 2 of the top expenses fall under the umbrella of the caterer? Hiring a quality caterer can impact a large part of your wedding. Keep reading to find out how to choose the best caterer.
Preparing to Interview Caterers
Before talking to caterers, decide how much money you want to spend on the wedding festivities. Make a list of the number of guests, food, drinks, decorations, entertainment, etc.
What venue would you like to use? Are there special traditions you want to include? Do you have special wishes that may be different from typical wedding celebrations?
Next, you need to begin looking for catering services. Check out internet sites to find wedding caterers in your area.
The following will help you when evaluating the catering company.
1. Will the Caterer Work Within Your Budget?
Go to the caterer with your list of wedding ideas. You may wish to highlight items that are most important to you. Request a price quote that includes all your ideas.
If this quote exceeds your budget, discuss options to bring the cost down. Evaluate how comfortable and willing the caterer is to work with you on the cost. If they make you uneasy or embarrassed, you may wish to try another caterer.
2. Is the Catering Company Familiar with Your Venue?
Ask the caterer if they have used your desired venue before. Find out if they had problems working with or in that location. How did they solve or work around those obstacles?
Their expertise can help you in honing your plans. They may have ideas that you never thought about.
If they have never worked with that venue, ask if they would go with you to evaluate the location. This gives you an opportunity to discuss your plans on-site. The caterer can help identify possible problems that need consideration.
3. What Type of Food and Drink Do They Provide?
Begin by asking to see the caterer’s Food Business license. This shows they have passed inspection under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
If you wish to serve alcohol at your wedding, find out if the caterer can provide this service. Does the caterer have a license to serve alcohol? Do you have the option of a cash bar or will you need to pay for the drinks yourself?
Ask to see menus for meals and light or heavy hors d’oeuvres. Can they serve a full sit-down meal?
Do they provide cakes? Ask to look at pictures. Will they make a cake from a picture that you have found?
4. Is the Caterer Willing to Meet Your Special Requests?
Remember this is your wedding. Don’t be shy about speaking up. It’s also important to listen to their suggestions.
An experienced caterer may know that some ideas need tweaking to achieve your desired outcome. They may also know, from experience, details that can derail your plan.
If they only want to provide a “cookie-cutter” celebration, you may want to talk with someone else.
5. Do They Provide Tastings?
Imagine arriving at your wedding celebration and finding that your guests aren’t enjoying the food. Or, when you eat your cake, it is dry and the icing is greasy.
Ask the caterer to set up a taste testing with the foods you have chosen. If the food does not meet your standard, don’t settle. Keep looking for a better choice.
6. Do They Provide References?
Look online for reviews from customers. Also, ask the caterer to provide some references that you may call. Remember, they probably will not give you the names of dissatisfied customers.
Talk to friends about caterers they have used. If you are attending other weddings, evaluate the catering services provided. Ask for a business card if you like what you see.
7. What Is Their Cancellation and Guarantee Policies?
What happens if the wedding must be cancelled? Before signing a contract, discuss the business’s policy for cancellations.
Are you able to receive a refund? Is there a time window for the cancellation that impacts the refund? Do you pay for everything in advance?
What if the caterer does not meet the terms of the contract? Are there provisions that allow you to receive a refund if you are not satisfied? What evidence would you need to provide?
It’s hard to think of the negatives at this exciting time, but you need to protect yourself. Being prepared is better than being disappointed.
Now You’re Ready to Choose a Quality Caterer
Finding a quality caterer can decrease stress and make your dreams come true. Use this article as a guide when choosing your caterer. Also, continue checking out the articles on our site for ideas about other events.
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