Your upcoming wedding will be one of the most important days of your life and planning a wedding reception and locating all of the perfect service providers for your day can seem formidable. If there is one thing that could turn your fairy tale wedding into a nightmare for your guests, it would probably be the food. We all know that food sets the mood for most people and just the touch of exquisite food to their tongues can send fireworks to their eyes. So to make sure that you and your guests will be satisfied the whole night, make sure that the wedding catering is carefully selected and handpicked.
The first thing you need to consider in coming up with wedding catering is the menu. What does this specific caterer have that the others do not? It has been said, “Simplicity is the Mother of Beauty.” Ask the wedding caterer what types of accessories they use to enhance their food tables. An experienced wedding caterer can take a very simple wedding menu and transform it into a spectacular spread; therefore, you won’t need additional food selections. Set up appointments to take a look at how they present their food and actual food tasting. Also, since your guests would probably be from diverse backgrounds, make sure that the food is a little bit diverse, too. If you’re on a strict budget, and the caterer is properly equipped with table-enhancing decorations, you can easily overcome that nightmare budget and experience your long, awaited dream reception.
However, because of the number of caterers out there, how exactly would you choose the perfect one for your wedding? Here are some tried and tested tips from other wives who made the right choice of going the extra mile to find the perfect food for their wedding. Ask for references. As with any wedding vendor, getting good references will go a long way in determining who the right caterer is for your rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or any special event. A caterer’s food and menu may look good, taste good and be plentiful and affordable, however, if they have a reputation for arriving late or hiring poorly groomed employees (things you won’t discover until it’s too late), the damage has been done. Avoid wedding day horrors like these by asking for 10 or more references, the standard in the catering industry.
As soon as you have the wedding menu planned, sit down with your partner and talk about how much you can spend on food. Make sure that you know all the packages that specific caterers have because some of them might cost a little over the others, but it already includes items such as the wedding cake and a pair of doves. Sometimes, having these extras included in your package instead of buying them separately will save you money in the process. Wedding caterers can vary hugely in price and in product. Low key, casual and less formal weddings may benefit from smaller, more relaxed wedding caterers. But if budget is no issue, then nothing is impossible, and you can find companies who will provide ice bars laden with the finest caviar and the most superb vintage pink champagne.
Also, try to come up with the number of people attending the wedding. Some wedding catering services offer cheaper per head rates if there are more people coming. Make a conservative estimate and add a few more to it to make sure that extra visitors will still have something to eat. Besides, it’s quite rude to send someone away just because he’s not included in the head count, right? One important way of limiting your guests is to include a maximum number of people per invitation and clearly indicate in the invitation that they need to respond to be counted on or before a specific date. After this, it will be easier for you to gauge the package you will be getting from the caterer.
In making sure that the food you will be serving during your wedding is top notch, your guests will forever remember the experience they had in your reception. People are governed by their gastronomical impulses so feeding them something beyond compare will result to a livelier, more enthusiastic crowd when the time comes for the wedding reception.