It can be a hard task to choose your wedding caterer. More than half of the budget on your wedding is consumed by food and drinks. Finding top-notch services from your caterer is important as you will be spending a lot of money on the catering. Another prime factor of your event other than the vows will be the food and drinks. Choosing the right catering services will leave a long-lasting impression on your guests. It can get tricky when it comes to hunting for a caterer. The next step on finding a venue for your wedding is choosing a caterer. Finding catering will be done by you if your venue doesn’t provide on-site catering. This article will give you the factors to consider when hiring a caterer.
First of all, you need to figure out your budget. As stated before, catering can take up to half of your wedding budget. Careful planning will ensure you spend wisely. Once you allocate a sum to catering, you can find the company that meets your food and drinks requirements and also that is affordable. Some caterers offer packages for you to choose from. Your caterer will recommend a package for you once you inform them about your budget. Get a caterer that can get you sample menus tailored your taste and budget.
It is very important to discuss with your venue about what is inclusive of the fee for the venue. If your venue won’t be providing you with dinnerware and linens for your ceremony, your caterer should provide them. Your fee will be higher if you require this. VAT should be included in the quote you get from your caterer. Unanticipated costs will happen if you get a quote not inclusive of VAT. Make sure you have many proposals for the catering. Cost, service and menu options can be compared from multiple quotations. Get the specifics and tell your caterer the number of guests you are expecting. Your caterer will propose the number of courses, waiters, bartenders, coordinators, and chefs. From all the information you get you can narrow down on your choice.
Doing a tasting is very important. This will ensure that you are happy with your menus and make corrections where necessary. You can experience firsthand the quality and presentation of the work of your caterer though a tasting. You should have a tasting with your top choices. Most caterers don’t offer to taste until you have signed with them. You can experience their work however before signing with them by attending one of the events they have catered to or attending diners that some catering companies offer for the potential clients. These tips will ensure you make a good choice.