Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Wedding Caterer (Part 1)
June 21, 2017
If you are lucky enough to get a wedding venue that provides onsite catering then read no further!
For most, however, you will need to sort out your catering separately and the hunt can be tricky. There are a lot of variables to think about such as which service will be best to which food and drink will most likely be the largest portion of your budget.
In order to do this properly, we have divided this guide into two parts - so lets crack on with part 1!
1 - Budget
Don’t even start emailing caterers until you are fully aware of what you need to spend. Working out the food and drink budget early not only helps you figure out which companies you are able to afford, also allows the caterer to realistically pull together options whether it be seated, family-style or a buffet.
2 - Ask Your Venue for Suggestions and Requirements
A lot of venues will already have a list of preferred vendors which is a really good starting point as its comforting to know that the caterers have worked at the venue before. If you wish to go for a different one ask the venue if they have any requirements for other caterers. Many venues might want approval of the caterer which may include proof of various certificates or licenses in order to perform their services on the property.
3 - Get Multiple Proposals
It’s a good idea to get a lot of different proposals from companies so you can compare and contrast the overall costs, service and menu options. It’s your task to tell the caterer exactly how many guests you are expecting but it's down to them to propose to the number of appetisers, courses, waiters, bartenders, coordinators and chefs. When it comes to alcohol review the overall cost separately to decide if you should get yours bar supplies elsewhere. A lot of catering companies also allow you to buy alcohol separately, and will still provide a bartender. Please keep in mind though that some places you may need to buy a temporary liquor license if you decide to go down this route.
4 - Ask About Linens and Dinnerware
Your chosen venue might not provide tables, chairs, linens or dinnerware if this is the case find out if the caterers do. This may come at an extra cost so bare that in mind. If you have to go somewhere else for these items but see if you can find one company to do it all as it will be a lot easier than balancing two or three companies to set your tables.
Now you know the basics, part 2 of our guide will follow soon!