From the tasting to the china, platters and more, this wedding catering advice will ensure your big day is full of tasteful food your guests will enjoy.
Planning the food for a wedding? Spend some time planning what to serve, what not to serve and how best to present the food. Wedding planning can be stressful, but these wedding catering tips can help.
Hiring wedding caterers vs. DIY
Providing your own food service for a wedding is an option, but becomes more challenging if the guest list exceeds 50 or if you're pressed for time. Even if family and friends are willing to help, they may eventually miss out on the fun of the wedding festivities if they're busy refilling drinks and platters.
If you opt for professional help, have an idea about your budget; an approximate number of guests attending the wedding; if you want hors d'oeuvres; and request that they provide you with all options up front so you can narrow down your selections, whether it be food or linens.
Be sure to ask your wedding catering company for references from weddings they've catered before, and call those references to find out what they were happy with and if there were any disappointments.
How to choose your wedding menu
Nothing delights your guests like an exciting variety of foods artistically displayed. Consider a wedding catering service that can provide a buffet dinner, which will allow you to accommodate the varying tastes of your guests.
However, if you choose to have individual meals served in courses at your wedding, find out if you still have multiple options for the main dish. Most catering companies are able to accomodate special dietary needs, but be sure to ask in advance of signing a contract.
Schedule a food tasting
Choose a wedding caterer who lets you schedule a tasting session prior to the wedding. It helps ensure that you and your guests will be happy and there will be no unpleasant surprises. Taste the items you expect to be on your wedding menu. Some caterers also offer other options to try so you can narrow down the food selection.
Always tell the caterer what you like or would like to change throughout the tasting.
Additional wedding caterer services
Some caterers only provide food. Others offer additional services that you might find helpful. Those might include providing china, platters, linens and other serving and presentation items. A catering company may also provide rentals of tables and chairs.
For more information on wedding catering, contact Simple Fare Catering.