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A Guide To Hiring A Wedding Caterer


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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

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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
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                                   How To Find The Best Caterer For Your Wedding
                                                        By George Meszaros

 The caterer has a very important role in your wedding. Therefore, you should take extra care in hiring
the right caterer for you wedding day. Just like hiring any other vendor, you have to make your
selection based on facts not feelings. The caterer may be an individual or a business. Even if the
caterer is an individual, she still has to operate as a business. The caterer cannot legally cook at home
and serve the food at your event. It is illegal for a caterer to use an unlicensed kitchen to prepare food.

The caterer you hire should be experienced not only in catering events, but catering weddings. During
your interview process, you should ask about the kind of events they have catered. Ask about the size
of the events, how many guests they catered for. Ask if they had to deal with any emergencies or
unexpected events. To learn about how they deal with emergencies may help you understand their
level of professionalism.

You should never hire the first caterer you meet. It may be tempting to hire the first caterer, especially,
if you hit it off really well. It is in you benefit to meet with several caterers before you make your final

You must check references before you make your decision. If a caterer does not have any references,
walk. You don’t want anything to do with a caterer that offers no references. References are important,
but they do not provide an absolute protection. You may be able to visit the caterer’s kitchen, so you
can see their operation in action. A visit can help you examine their organization and cleanliness.

Caterers get booked well in advance, so hire one early. You should have a caterer lined up no less
than 6 months prior to your reception. If you can find one a year before your event is even better. The
more time you leave yourself to hire a caterer the more chance you give yourself to hire the right

Once you have made a decision, it is time to put it all in writing. You should insist on a written contract.
The contract should include the details, of the menu, the date of the event, what is and is not included.

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