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Know Your Wedding Caterer

When making a budget for your wedding reception, the biggest share usually goes to the food. Hiring the right wedding caterer is the perfect thing to do. Since you will be coming across different wedding caterers during your search, it’s advisable to spend time interviewing each caterer to find out detailed information about their services.

• See what each caterer specializes in. Does the caterer focus on certain types of cuisine? Depending on your wedding theme, you may need a specific caterer. For instance, if you are planning to have an oriental type of wedding, you may want to hire a caterer that specializes in Asian cuisine. Consider a caterer that has catered weddings in the past. You should ask if a food tasting session is possible. A good, professional caterer will provide tasting sessions, therefore, if a caterer fails to do so, then it’s time to find another one.

• Check the service cost. The cost of catering can depend on the menu, but caterers may issue package rates. The caterer would provide linens, table cloths and napkins, plus other facilities. See if usage fees for these items are included in the package or you have to rent them separately. At the same time, you may also have to provide gratuity to the attendants. Get a complete quotation and see if the total cost would fit your budget.

• Ask the caterer about other services that they can provide. It is common for caterers to provide tables, chairs, plates, utensils, and so on. Ask your caterer what they can offer for your wedding reception. Providing of needed facilities may also be part of an all-inclusive package. But you have to be sure of what is included in the package.

• Who will decorate the wedding reception venue? Decorating the wedding reception venue may be a job for wedding florists or the caterers. If the caterer handles the job, then you don’t need to look for florists and wedding venue decorators. At the same time, confirm with the caterer if they will do the table setting and skirting.

• Make sure the caterer is available on your wedding day! Sometimes, mistakes on early bookings happen when the caterer accepts another offer for the same day as your wedding day. This can lead to a disaster. You must confirm with your caterer that they do not have other commitments on your scheduled wedding. If the caterer handles two weddings on the same day, you have to make sure that they have enough staff to deploy to your reception.

• Ask the caterer for suggestions on menus or wedding venue decorations. Sometimes, you just cannot come up with brilliant ideas on decorations or you just cannot make up your mind about what to serve to guests. An experienced caterer can always provide a suitable sample menu. They may recommend a modest or lavish menu depending on the planned number of guests.

• The caterer should provide waiters. Generally, caterers do, but make sure that they will. Ask if the services of the waiters are included in the overall charges.

• Ask for the photos of previous wedding receptions they served. Check out the table setting or venue decorations that they have organized. The past photos should also include the food arrangements and presentation on the buffet table that they have done.

• Do not hesitate to ask for references. Reputable caterers will not mind giving you contact numbers of their previous clients.

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