Your summer wedding will be here before you know it. But you’ve done a good job staying on top of planning and meeting deadlines. The dress is picked out, the bridesmaids and groomsmen are selected, and the venue is booked. Now, though, it’s time to turn your attention to the caterer. Contrary to popular belief, an event catering service does more than simply prepare the menu. You can count on them to also coordinate the reception timeline, stock the bar, and supply the tableware rentals. There’s only one problem: With all the caterers out there, how do you know which is best for your big day? Here are several questions to ask them:
- Do you have a license? – No, we’re not talking about a driver’s license (though that’s also important). The caterer you hire should meet local health department standards and carry liability insurance. Of course, if you’re planning to serve alcohol at the reception, double-check that the caterer has an up-to-date liquor license, as well as liquor liability insurance.
- Can you provide references? – Online reviews make it easy for prospective customers to get an idea of a business in just a few clicks. When it comes to hiring catering services, though, it never hurts to actually get on the phone and speak with a previous customer. Don’t hesitate to ask for at least two references who had a similar number of guests and menu style. If the service is at all hesitant to provide such information, you may want to proceed with other options.
- Does the meal come full-service? – It’s one thing for a caterer to prepare delicious food. But will they also set up tables, serve guests, handle the bar, and clean up once the reception is over? Keep in mind that if the caterer isn’t full-service, you’ll probably be rushing to find additional staff.
- What’s the average cost and do you offer packages? – Engaged couples tend to underestimate the cost of a good catering service. That’s why we recommend dedicating a good chunk of your wedding budget to the caterer. In terms of pricing, be sure to ask how many appetizer and entree choices come with the package. It doesn’t hurt, either, to ask if the costs are itemized depending on what you select or if they offer an all-inclusive rate.
- Are you able to work with dietary restrictions? – Depending on the number of guests, you’re probably going to have a few people with dietary restrictions at your wedding. We have found that most caterers have no problem preparing vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher meals. That said, there could be an additional fee.
Whether you’re searching for a caterer to handle the rehearsal dinner, cocktail reception, or wedding reception, Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering has you covered. We have multiple packages to choose from and can even create a customized menu upon request.
Don’t just settle for any ordinary catering service. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tasting.