There are so many big moments from your wedding day that’ll be remembered for years to come. From your epic journey down the aisle, to the song you move your hips to with your new spouse. But if there’s one detail guests will never forget, it’s the food. So you’ll want to get it right. It is the language of love, after all.
What should you be looking for when choosing the right catering for your big day? From the clothes you’ll be saying your nuptials in and the wedding photography to the reception venue, you’ll probably have all the big details covered before you finalise the foodie offerings. So before you make that final decision, make sure you’ve covered all these areas below.
Check Your Venue
Venues often have a recommended list of caterers that they’ve worked with before. If you are having the wedding in a venue, it’s worth glancing at their offerings. You don’t have to stick with their recommendations, but it’s good to consider them as the venue would only support them if they were good.
If you want an external caterer, make sure to check with your venue that you’re actually allowed to do this. You don’t want to book someone, put a deposit down, only to find out external companies aren’t allowed. Some venues also charge caterers a fee for catering with them, which will be added to your bill. So it’s worth being aware of this, as annoying as it is.
Knowing the final numbers of your wedding party is hugely important. Especially when it comes to organising the food offerings. Catering changes based on your numbers because they’ll have a minimum and maximum number they can, and will, offer to. It may also change the kind of catering you can have. If you want a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, likely, the max number of people you can have is much lower compared to a casual canape style do.
If there’s ever one tried and tested way for getting the perfect caterers, it’s reading their reviews. Many will have them on their website, but they are usually all glowing appraisals. Head onto Google or Trip Advisor for honest reviews. People don’t hold back on the internet, so you’ll get a real smorgasbord of opinions. And if the positive ones far outweigh the negative, you’re onto a winner.
Check Included Services
Wedding catering doesn’t stop at the food on plates. There’s a hell of a lot of hard work and people power that goes into making catering successful. So check with your caterer what services are included in the price, so you don’t miss out on any important aspects. Ask about waiters, the cake, bar staff, drinks, and even decoration they might provide. You will end up with a much sleeker and all-around impressive experience when you utilise everything your catering team has to offer.
Taste, Taste, Taste
It can’t be said enough; you have to taste the food. And do a taste test for more than one catering team. They’ll often offer a full-tasting menu, so you get a great idea of the quality and whether they can give you the food you want. Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate a fun date night with your spouse to be.