One of the most important facets of the wedding planning process is planning the right food to be served at the reception dinner of your wedding. You need to be sure that there is a decent variety in the food that you order, but also have food that complements each other and the cake that you have ordered. If the food is too bland, or otherwise underwhelming, then you run the risk of your guests falling into grumpy moods and we don't want that. Think about it: your guests have set aside their whole day to share this special day with you and your significant other--they deserve to be treated as good as possible, right? However, finding the right food for your wedding can, unfortunately, be a little trickier than you would think it would be. Finding the caterer who will satisfy all of your needs can be a very difficult process that will make you want to settle for the first caterer who seems remotely good, but don't seem tempted! The food is one of the LAST things about your wedding that you want to get wrong. This following guide will help you by highlighting what you need to know about finding the caterer who is right for your needs and who is adaptable, easy to work with, and makes delicious food. This will make the process of finding the right caterer infinitely easier for you.
The first step to finding the right caterer is by, right after you set the date for the event, start doing research for caterers. You don't necessarily need to start meeting with them right off of the bat, but if you get some of the preliminary research out of the way, it will absolutely make your life easier once you get into the thick of things. A good way to locate some quality caterers is by conferencing with the event coordinator and asking them for any tried-and-true caterers that they've used in the past. (This is also a good opportunity to ask them about trusted event rental companies for audio-visual equipment, projection equipment, table cards, table cloths, and so on.) Most venues have a list of providers and caterers that they recommend people frequently, so that's a good way to get the ball rolling early for you so a good chunk of the legwork is already done for you! You should begin contacting the caterers roughly nine months before the wedding. The first thing you should do once you have begun contacting the caterers is ask them if they are available at the date and time of your wedding--if you get this question of the way way at first, you will save yourself a lot of frustration once you find out at the end of a long conversation that they are not available for that day.
The next thing you need to discuss is their prices. In order to ensure that you don't spend too much, you should set a budget for yourself, this way you can filter out the caterers that are out of your price range. Ask them about packages that they offer. These packages can include food, desserts, and sometimes even tableware and linens. It is also important to check the quality of their food by doing food testing sessions.Back to Wedding Guide