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                                               How To Choose Wedding Caterers
                                                           By Pepper Montero

   When planning a wedding, it is a good idea to select a caterer early on in the process. A good
caterer can be booked months, or even years, in advance. It is wise to contact several caterers and
make appointments to see them as soon as possible.

When thinking about hiring a caterer, consider what type of caterer you will need. If you are having
your reception at a place that already has a catering staff, strongly consider using this option. Some
venues will charge for having an outside caterer come onto the property while some will not allow it at

If you are not sure whether or not to use the reception facility’s caterer or hire one on your own, make
an appointment with the head of the catering staff at the reception facility to gather such information as
prices and references. Also, ask for a tasting of what is offered at the venue.

If you decide to go with an outside caterer or if your reception venue does not offer catering, generate
a list of questions to take with you on the consultations. If you have a standard list of questions that you
ask every caterer, you will be less likely to forget to ask something and you will be able to make an
accurate comparison.

Some good questions to ask caterers are the average cost per guest for buffet as well as seated
receptions, the amount of time needed to set up and take down, the arrangements for left-over food,
the ratio of servers to guests, the items that are supplied (such as plates, napkins, etc), packages that
are offered, extra charges for such services as cake cutting and serving, if there is a children’s menu
available, if there are vegetarian plates available, and if the caterer will provide a one-course meal for
other professionals working at the wedding.

When meeting with a caterer, make some mental notes as well as asking questions. Note the
friendliness and professionalism of the caterer, the condition of anything you may be renting from
them, the cleanliness of the facility, the presentation and temperature of the samples that you taste,
and the display of health and business permits.

When planning for catering services, keep in mind that the catering is usually forty percent of the
wedding budget. There are some ways to save money with caterers. Buffets usually cost less because
less help is needed. Food stations can also be a good idea for a lower budget wedding. Of course,

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serving alcoholic beverages, especially an open bar, can really drive up the price of the catering.

In closing, be sure to make a list of caterers you want to interview and schedule appointments and
tastings with them as soon as possible. You want to make sure the best selection of caterers is
available for your reception and that you get the most for the money you are able to spend. Your
guests will remember the quality of the catering at your wedding for years to come.

Pepper Montero

Pepper and her husband run a wedding coordination business in the Upstate of South Carolina. This
article may be reprinted freely as long as all links remain active. http://www.bridalblog.info
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                                           A Guide To Hiring A Wedding Caterer
                                                          By Gabriel Adams

 Any kind of wedding, small or large, will not be complete without a reception following the ceremony.
This is the time when the couple can share a fine meal with their guests as official newly-weds. A
reception acts as an acquaintance party for those people from both sides of the bride and groom who
are meeting each other for the first time. It can also be a reunion of sorts for those belonging to the
same family. The reception, therefore, should be as memorable as the wedding ceremony itself so that
all of the attendees can remember it with fond memories.

If you are holding a reception in a place wherein catering is not included, it is your job to look for a
wedding caterer that can satisfy your requirements. Your search must be included in your preparations
and performed months before the actual wedding. You should have an idea of what you want so that
you can convey these to the caterer. You should have a guide to follow on how to hire your wedding

Prior to canvassing for a caterer, you must be definite about your wedding date and location. These
two are important factors that the catering service will consider. It might be possible that the caterer
you have in mind is already booked during your chosen time or the place is not accessible to it. If it
would require the catering service a long travel time to get to the area, you might end up serving
spoiled food. Another consideration to take into account is your budget and the estimated number of
guests. Narrow down your choices to those caterers that meet your financial plan. It would be a
complete waste of time to go through the motions of selecting a catering service only to discover that
you cannot afford it.

Many sources can be tapped in finding the suitable wedding caterer. The first thing you could do is to
ask for referrals from your relatives, friends, neighbors or colleagues. You could inquire about the
catering service they used and their satisfaction rating. By questioning these people, you will have an
idea about what to expect from each caterer and you can proceed from there. You could also look into
bridal magazines and other resources like the Internet to help you in coming up with a list of potential
caterers. If you have a wedding planner, then ask her if she can recommend a reliable and dependable
one. Individuals and other entities involved in wedding activities normally have contacts with other

After limiting your options to at least two caterers, you ought to meet with them and perform a test
tasting. The food should be based on your decided menu so that you will know beforehand what food
the wedding attendees will eat. The chef or cook can help you choose what dishes are popular or
advise you on the different courses. Aside from the couple, you should ask other relatives to
accompany you to the taste test in order that you will not be biased given your personal preferences
regarding food.

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