A woman’s wedding day is surely the most important day of her life. The quality of catering services offered on this special day speaks volume on the tastes and preferences of the couple. A bride who has all the time at her disposal will do everything to make this day a success. It is however an uphill task for a working bride. Due to this, the
bride should identify and contract a qualified wedding caterer.
Below are the things a working bride should look into while hiring a wedding caterer.
Have a good understanding of your caterer
As a working bride, you should be at peace that your chosen caterer is going to put everything in place come that
big day. If you get the opportunity to go for an in-house catering, then grab it. An in-house caterer rarely disappoints because they have worked in that venue since time immemorial.
On the other hand if the venue has no caterers then you can choose from among their list of preferred caterers.
Ensure the caterer has enough equipment and staff
Wedding caterers should have their own equipment especially if they are outsourced. Ensure you verify the quality
of equipment especially those that will be used in serving your guests. Depending on the number of guests, find out if that company you are about to hire is well staffed. Generally for a plated meal the ratio should be 1 server to ten guests. Anything above that will mess you up. Make a request to see how the staff look in uniform to ascertain whether they are presentable enough to attend to your guests.
Make sure you decide on how you want the meals served
As much as you are busy in the office do not leave this important decision to your caterer. Remember that it’s your
wedding, the caterer is only helping you facilitate it. Discuss with your caterer the various types of wedding receptions available. Make sure you explore the pros and cons of each. Again choose one that comfortably fits your budget.
A sit down meal is a good idea if you don’t want a complex menu but remember to have enough servers for all the
guests you invited.
A buffet reduces your servers by more than half and allows your guests to take their time on the dance floor. If you
decide to go with the buffet style then you must ensure the meals are balanced in terms of popularity so that you do not end up with lots of wasted food.
Other than these two you can also opt for a cocktail party as well as many other options that your caterer will
discuss with you.
Talk about the food tasting
Get some time off your busy schedule to go and taste the food. Caterers have varying rules when it comes to food
tasting. The tasting should give you a clear idea of what the food will be like on that day. Some caterers will allow you taste the food before booking while others only do it after you have contracted them and made a down payment.
Make sure the caterer takes care of people on special diets
All your guests should be catered for, even those that are on special dietary requirements. For instance those that
are diabetics, gluten free eaters, hypertensive, and vegetarians. There must be a couple of these in every wedding. Also remember the little ones that will be in attendance.
Be keen on the contract and invoices
Even working brides have a specified budget for the wedding. Before you sign a contract, ensure you are at ease with
the vendor. Since you are busy working the vendor should be an efficient communicator. The response to emails and phone calls should be prompt. Everything that you agree on verbally must be captured in the contract. Insist on getting an itemized invoice so that it’s very clear what you are paying for. Watch out for any hidden fees that might inflate your overall budget for the wedding
Once you identify a good wedding caterer, be cooperative as well. Ensure you respond to inquiries fast because
caterer may be working on a tight deadline. When it comes to hiring a wedding caterer there is no option. A qualified and professional caterer will make your reception one to be remembered in terms of their quick response and presentation.