There are thousands of things to consider when you are planning your wedding. From the venue, to the dresses, to make up artists, to photographers, down to the invites and souvenirs, you will have your hands full for the next few months prior to the big day. You will need to brace yourself for months of planning and going to one meeting after another but it is all just part and parcel of the journey towards your wedding day.
The success of your big day will rely heavily on the efficiency of your suppliers. This is why choosing your suppliers well is extremely vital for the smooth flow of events on your wedding. When it comes to wedding caterers there are a number of ways in which you can assure that you are hiring a reliable wedding catering company.
How to choose the best catering service for your wedding.
1.) Set a budget. It is very easy for couples to go overboard when they are spending for their big day. This is why when you are looking for a caterer the first thing you should think of is your budget. This way it is easier for you to have the final say when it comes to negotiations on food costs, staff requirement and menus.
2.) Do your research. This is probably the most fail-proof tip in looking for caterers. Do not just settle for any service that offers you affordable prices and so-so tasting food. Before signing the contract make sure to compare and contrast with other companies first. Go online, read magazines or ask your most trusted friends for leads.
3.) Narrow down your search. Once you have a list of all the companies that caught your attention narrow down your search by thinking about what kind of food you would want to serve during your wedding day. Is there a particular cuisine that you would want to focus on? If there is, look for the caterer that specializes in this cuisine. Again, remember to stick to your budget. The best caterers can fix a menu for you that will suit your needs in terms of the type of cuisine that you want but at the same time will still fit the budget that you set for food.
4.) Schedule a tasting session. Caterers who have been in the industry the longest know that one of the most important aspects of booking a client is to give them their best impression during the tasting session. Remember that you are the client and that you have the upper hand on how you would want the food to taste like. Be very open in giving suggestions and feedback so that you get exactly what you want.
5.) Decide on how the food will be served. Would you want to go for a plated service? Or would you want to do it buffet style? Would you want to go have a bar where liquor is served free-flowing style? If so, does the catering company have the license to serve alcohol? These are some of the things that you need to iron out first before deciding on a caterer.
6.) Ask for a quote. Now that you have settled all the other details and you have asked your potential caterer all your questions, you can now ask for their fee. At this point it is important that you go back to your budget and see if it fits. If it does not, ask your caterer if there are options for you to cut on some costs without compromising too much the quality of the food or the service. If there is no way for you to meet halfway, it is time to look for another supplier.
7.) Read the contract. Most couples, because of their haste and excitement, end up signing contracts without even reading through the points of discussion. This is not the time for you to be complacent. The contract will be your protection in the unfortunate case that your supplier does not follow on through on some of the things that you have discussed.