If you are planning a wedding of any size, at some stage you are going to have to select a caterer.
Think about all of the weddings that you’ve been to, getting the food right (or wrong) can have a big impact on how much your guests enjoy your big day.
In this article we share with you some hints and tips on how to choose the right caterer for your wedding.
Do you need a caterer?
You may be opting for a small, informal wedding, but unless your celebration is going to be a bring-your-own picnic in the park then you are going to need the help of a caterer in some shape or form. Some wedding venues come with their own catering as a package, so that removes any decision-making on your part, but there are a myriad of other options that will require you to select a caterer – whether that is for a full, formal, sit-down banquet meal, or simply to deliver some platters of food that you can share with your guests. One of the most important benefits of having a caterer is that they will provide the staff to ensure that everyone has something to eat and drink, and also to clean up the plates and glasses afterwards
Finding a caterer
Asking friends, family and colleagues for recommendations is a great place to start when looking for a caterer for your wedding. It will give you confidence if you know someone who has used a caterer before. Always go for a local caterer who knows the area and has potentially worked with your chosen venue before. If your wedding is in Houston then you are immediately narrowing your search to catering services in Houston. Being clear on the type of catering that you are looking for is also an important step – is it a sit-down meal? Is it just drinks and canapés? Is it a buffet where guests will help themselves? One of the first questions that any prospective caterer will ask you is what your budget is – while you may not have finalized the exact amount that you are looking to spend per head, you need to be able to give prospective caterers a ballpark figure in order so they can provide you with a realistic quote and sample menu. Make sure you set a time to test the menu suggested by your preferred caterer.
Document the agreement
Most caterers will have a standard form agreement whereby you both document and sign to confirm the payment terms and what will be delivered on the day. This is important as it avoids any confusion for either party. This is also a good opportunity to think through exactly what staff you will need at the event – this could be just the waiting and bar staff, or you may want the caterer to also supply security staff, coat check staff, or car park attendants.
Your big day is approaching fast, getting your catering booked and confirmed is one less thing to think about.