Your wedding is going to be one of the most special days of your life, so of course you want everything to be perfect and memorable. Not just the major things such as your wedding and reception locations, the bridal dress, or the actual ceremony – no, you can’t forget the little things as well. Decorations, music, table settings and of course the reception food. Caterers dedicate their time to creating the best culinary dishes for your entire wedding party to enjoy, but it’s the pre-planning months in advance that are going to make the actual day special. Be sure to ask numerous questions to your caterer so you know exactly what is covered, and what may need to be added to the to-do list.
Asking the important questions about the food
Caterers are the ones who provide the food and the food related items such as serving spoons, hot plates and warming bowls. But is there more to it? Absolutely! Caterers can be very basic, to extremely elaborate depending on your needs. First of all, decide on the style of food you want to offer. Will it be authentic to a certain ethnicity or an assortment of food styles from around the world? Will you need to accommodate for food allergies, vegetarians, kosher or work around local limitations on food availability? Is the food going to be prepared fresh, or has it been frozen and is reheated? Are you going to just provide main courses, or will there be hors d’oeuvres and sample platters? How about cakes and pastries? Don’t forget to find out about the beverages the caterer can provide! Will there be wine? Soft drinks? Alcohol? Juices?
What about the tables, chairs and other place settings?
Ok, so you have the food questions on paper and know what you want to focus on when you talk to the caterer… but what about the tables, chairs and place settings? You can’t very well have people standing around eating food from their hands. Will the caterer handle the table settings, or do you need to find another source? How about wait staff? Many caterers have full service staff including a chef, waiters, bartenders and more that can be included in your wedding package, so make sure you decide whether or not you want additional staff walking around. This very short glimpse into the world of catering for weddings is nowhere complete, but may have given you some points to ponder.