4 Essential Things To Look for When Choosing Wedding Catering Services
The biggest chunk of your wedding budget will probably go to the caterer. Depending on how you choose your wedding catering services, you’ll either wind up with rubbery chicken, or food that tastes so good, guests forget all about the open bar and make long queues outside the buffet area.
The kind of wedding catering service you get depends on your selection process. Herein are some of the things you should do when choosing between different vendors. By the time you are through this list, you are guaranteed of exemplary wedding catering, and your guests are in for a real treat.
1. Ask for Referrals
Perhaps the easiest way to find a caterer is asking for referrals from your wedding photographer, friends and family or the venue.
On the other hand, if you have ever eaten at a restaurant and loved their food, check to see if they offer catering services. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn they’ve served several weddings in the past.
2. Look For Catering Services Specialised in Your Wedding’s Theme
If you plan to have a themed wedding, for instance an Italian wedding, an Irish wedding or even an Indian wedding, the food should match the theme. That calls for a wedding catering service who can prepare the right themed dishes. After all, you don’t want to have an Indian wedding where Italian food is served.
By now you list should be down to a handful of wedding caterers. To cut down further, ask each one of them how much they are going to charge you. Bargaining on the price might seem a bit uncalled for, especially on your big day – everyone wants to get the best service on their wedding day – but like mentioned earlier, a large part of your wedding budget will go to the caterers. Therefore, you want to sift through vendors by noting who is willing to work within your budget.
Most reputable catering companies are licensed by local authorities to serve food and drinks. A license is critical because it tells you the caterer meets all the health regulations and has insurance should anything go wrong. Also, making sure the caterer has a valid license to sell pints and other alcoholic beverages means you won’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law on your wedding day, so make sure you ask for an alcohol license.
Those are the most important variables you should consider when choosing catering services for your wedding. There are other smaller details you may have to look into depending on the special circumstances of your wedding.