Planning and executing wedding catering can be a nerve-wracking experience. Minor oversights could ruin the wedding and leave your guests unhappy. Here is how to plan and execute wedding catering.
Finding A Wedding Caterer
Consider the following when hiring a wedding caterer:
- Check the caterer's portfolio. They must have sufficient experience in the trade. See if they have provided their services in similar or bigger events. Positive client reviews can also increase your confidence in their services.
- Inquire about the caterer's availability. Remember, it would be challenging to change your wedding date if the caterer is not available.
- Inquire about the available services. For example, some caterers can also provide tents and decor.
- Assess the caterer's terms. For instance, how much deposit should you pay? What are your obligations? What are the terms of contract termination?
Creating the wedding menu should be a collaborative process between the caterer and the soon-to-be-weds. Your immediate concern should be the number of courses that you want to be served at your wedding. Your caterer will then give you a range of foods to choose from for the various courses. Ideally, you should choose foods that are readily available and easy to cook. Doing so is a sure way to ensure consistency and reduce catering costs. Remember to consider the needs of special groups such as the elderly, those who are lactose intolerant and vegetarians.
A few weeks before the wedding, your caterer should invite you for a tasting. It is an opportunity to sample the foods that will be served at your event. Take a few friends to the tasting and ask them to give an honest opinion about the foods. Your caterer will make the required adjustments to ensure the food served on the wedding day meets your standards.
The caterer should inspect the wedding venue in advance and decide on an appropriate place to set the catering tent. They should also plan for unforeseen events such as power outages and poor weather. The caterer will assess the seating arrangement and recommend a suitable method of service. For instance, they could opt to use a buffet, plated or family-style service. Depending on your wedding menu, the caterer could need to prepare some of the foods off-site. You should give the caterer your wedding program and the wedding planner's contact to ensure that they know when they will serve the foods.
You should now have an easy time planning and executing wedding catering. Work with an experienced caterer, create a wedding menu and observe the recommended execution tips. For more information, contact a wedding catering service.