Wedding food tends to fall into two very distinct categories: the unbelievably delicious and the forgettable. Now, with all the money you are probably going to spend on feeding all these people, isn’t it safe to say that you don’t want your food to be thought of as “forgettable?” Otherwise, what’s the point in even feeding them at all? So before you put your money down on a caterer and leave the rest to them, you’re going to have to do a little research. To ensure the best quality of food at your wedding, here are some questions you must ask:
1.) Do they have all the proper licenses, certifications and references? Maybe you’ve chosen to handle an up-and-coming florist or DJ, but taking a risk when it comes to food is a horrible, horrible idea. Having forgettable food is one thing, but having it be remembered for the line it created at the restrooms is quite another. You’ll want to make sure everything is prepared, transported and maintained at the correct temperatures, and having the right license is step one in ensuring that, and having plenty of references will also ease your mind when it comes to service and safety.
2.) What does the price cover? Once you know the price range you’re looking at, you’ll want to know exactly what that price covers. Some caterers simply bring the food, serve it, clean up and leave, while others act more like banquet managers, cueing the band when dinner is about to be served and notifying the bride and groom when it is time to cut the cake.
You should also check to see if the cake or alcohol is covered. You may not even need to hire a bartender if that part’s covered in the caterer’s fees. Make sure you know precisely what you’re getting for the price.
3.) Who is your main contact? Just as with any vendor, you need to have the person you need to call with problems on speed dial, and this person needs to know that you consider them your primary contact when it comes to the food. Weddings are incredibly hectic, and an experienced vendor knows that the closer the date creeps up the more frantic many brides become. Of course an experienced vendor will also know how to calm you fears instead of ignoring your many panicky phone calls.
4.) Do they offer a tasting, and can they make adjustments to their food? This is your wedding, so you absolutely need to know every detail about every detail in your wedding, which means not only tasting the food that will be served, but being able to make adjustments as necessary. Perhaps you have a peanut allergy, or you have an aversion to spicy food. A good caterer will always be able to make a few adjustments to their dishes. Of course too many adjustments will change the taste, so you need to discuss these things with your caterer.
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