How to Choose Your Wedding Caterer

When selecting a catering company you are looking for excellent food service and the ability to work with the enormity of the detail involved in your day. There are certain key factors that you should discuss when meeting your caterer for the first time. Here are some main points to focus on.

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Caterer: Justin Vineyards & Winery / Image Copyright: Lindsey Hahn Photography

Availability: First and foremost you need to see if your caterer is available on the date you require, and find out what the booking and payment process is. Be sure to understand at what point your date becomes secure, and when payments are needed. The last thing you want is a sudden shock and unexpected bill just before the wedding.

Budget: It is important you get an early indication of catering cost and what they include. Ask about what options are available to you. If you are on a limited budget tell your caterer what it (your budget) is. Ideally, they should be able to provide a package to suit your needs.  Consider what is and what isn’t included in the price, as often this can vary from one caterer to the next.

Quality of Food: This essential when choosing your caterer. You are looking for a stunning presentation paired with sensational taste. Ask to see a portfolio of the caterers work with pictures of their food, and ask if they offer a tasting. It is important that your caterer has a professional team of talented individuals to serve your guest on your special day. When meeting your caterer, it’s advisable to ask about the quality and sustainability of the produce they source. Creating seasonal menus will impact highly on the quality and taste of your meal.

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Caterer: Trumpet Vine Catering / Image Copyright: Dear One San Francisco

Tasting Sessions: Be conscious that popular caterers will have limited availability. A tasting will allow you to fully understand the quality, style and presentation of their food, and gives you the opportunity to explore how your own ideas can be worked into their existing menus or creating your own.

Expectations: A good caterer should understand your overall vision for the day and listen to your ideas, they should be able to use their wealth of experience and build upon your ideas to go beyond your expectations for your day.

Service: Service is extremely important, equal to the quality and style of your food. It’s important that you receive the utmost level of service right from your initial inquiring, through to your tasting, right up to until the end of the wedding day itself. Your caterer and there staff should provide you with the enthusiasm, excitement and expertise your wedding deserves!