Selecting the Right Wedding Caterer by anamaulida


									In life, we enjoy a number of memorable occasions, one being a wedding.
For the bride and groom, this day is by far the most beautiful time when
two people make a public and legal proclamation of their love. In
addition to the happy couple having the experience of a lifetime, the
wedding ceremony is also a time of celebration for family and friends.For
any couple planning their nuptials, a long list of factors comes into
play from invitations, music, and even alcohol consumption at the wedding
reception. Of course, while the wedding should be a time of vibrancy and
life, it is also a time of responsibility, especially when alcohol will
be served. The key is providing the right amount of alcohol so guests can
enjoy a drink or two but without going so far that drinking becomes a
potential problem. One of the best ways to ensure your wedding reception
is perfect would be working with a reputable caterer.You will find that,
of all expenses for your upcoming marriage, catering will be the largest.
Now, you could host a beautiful reception void of alcohol, which would
save you money but if you plan to serve alcoholic beverages, you want to
remember to increase the budget to accommodate. For instance, food and
drink at a wedding reception can account for as much as 50% of the
overall cost of the wedding!As you begin planning to include the wedding
gown, cake, photography, music, wedding favors, church, and so on, you
want to pay close attention to the reception, realizing the significant
cost. Many times, a bride and groom will cut a few corners for the actual
wedding ceremony so they can have an all-out party for the reception. If
this is the case, you have a number of options to ensure you get the most
out of your money!For starters, interview at least four caterers. When it
comes time to choose a caterer, one of the most important requests you
can make is for references. If possible, we recommend you begin your
search for a caterer by asking a family member or friend who has had a
positive experience. However, if you need to find someone on your own,
always ask for references and then follow through by checking each one.
Unfortunately, many bride and grooms ask for references, but more as a
means of seeing if the caterer will supply any. Instead, it is vital that
you have a good understanding of whether past couples found the caterer's
services average or outstanding.Once you have identified four caterers
that would be good choices, schedule a sample tasting of the food they
plan to make. If they refuse, scratch them off the list. Most
professional caterers would be delighted to show off the menu for you and
they expect you to ask for a sampling. After all, they want your business
and realize you could easily turn to someone else. Therefore, once you
arrange for a test tasting of the caterer's work, specifically sample
menu items that would served at your wedding. In addition to taste, the
food should be attractive and presented well.For budget, remember the
caterer needs to know how much money you plan to spend on their services.
Typically, some compromises would be required but again, a professional
caterer would be able to come up with excellent alternatives without
exceeding the set budget. For instance, if you had originally planned on
a sit-down meal, but find it too expensive, then perhaps a buffet style
dinner would work better. This way you would still be able to afford the
same delicious menu items, just served in a different way.You also want
to make sure dishes and silverware will be provided, and make sure the
design enhances the style or theme of your wedding. Just as you did with
the menu, never be afraid to ask to see the dinnerware and silverware
used. Make sure the style is listed in the contract. Next, determine the
number of servers provided by the caterer. Obviously, a sit-down wedding
reception would require more servers than that of a buffet style
reception but clean up, coffee service, cutting of the meat, and other
service aspects should be considered.In summary, never feel bullied by
the caterer. A good caterer will know when to make suggestions and what
type of suggestions to offer. Work with a caterer who is working for you,
someone eager and willing to go beyond expectations to make your wedding
an absolute success. You should never feel that you have to make major
changes because you have no other option. By choosing your caterer
carefully, any problems should be avoided.

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