Catering is a vital aspect of wedding planning. More often than not, you will want your guests to enjoy fresh quality foods that will leave a lasting impression. Below is an excerpt discussing how you should go about wedding catering.
Choosing A Caterer
The wedding caterer will prepare and serve foods on your wedding day. Consider the following when hiring a wedding caterer:
- Assess the caterer's reputation. Positive reviews from the caterer's clients will improve your confidence in their services.
- Check the caterer's portfolio to know the maximum number of guests they have served and whether they have served foods at high-profile events.
- Inquire about the caterer's services. For instance, other than food preparation, can the caterer offer bartending and entertainment services for kids. Some catering companies will offer a complete party package, including tents, chairs, sound and lighting.
- Assess the caterer's terms and conditions. For instance, when and how should you make payments? What are your obligations? What is the caterer's cancellation policy? Typically, the professional must have a general liability cover.
Creating the wedding menu should be a collaborative process between the caterer and the client. Your first concern when creating the menu should be the wedding theme. For example, you could incorporate cultural dishes if you will have a cultural-themed wedding. The wedding guests could also influence the menu. For instance, you could have several continental and intercontinental dishes if you will have many VIPs among the wedding guests. Incorporate vegetarian meals if you will have vegetarian guests. Ideally, each food group should have a wide variety of meals to ensure each guest finds a dish that they enjoy.
Your caterer should organise a menu tasting a few days before the wedding. Take a few friends to help you access the freshness of the foods, plating and spicing. The caterer should incorporate your suggestions to ensure the menu is up to your standard. Remember to include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on the menu. With adequate funds, you could have a bar to serve guests their favourite aperitifs and cocktails.
One of your concerns should be the mode of service. For instance, will you have buffets, sit-downs or food trucks? With adequate space and funds, you could also have an onsite kitchen where guests can order custom dishes. You should also have a risk management plan. For instance, if you have an outdoor service centre or kitchen, consider a backup plan if it rains on the wedding day.
Wedding catering should no longer be a nerve-wracking experience. Work with an experienced caterer, be creative with your menu and observe the recommended execution tips.
To learn more, contact a wedding catering service today.