How to choose the caterer for your wedding?by TM Maria Be a king in your own kingdom
This is often the most important expense item of marriage, so do not be fooled! How to choose the caterer for your wedding and find the rare pearl, here are my tips to help you.
WHEN TO CONTACT HIM?
As soon as possible, about 10 to 8 months before your wedding, because as for other professionals, the best are often stormed, and except the largest structures, few can take care of several receptions the same day.
WHERE TO FIND A CATERER?
Word of mouth is often the easiest way to get objective feedback on a professional. A recently married friend, your family, but also your place of reception, your photographer, or your dressmaker may be able to inform you.
The advantage of working with a caterer recommended by your place of reception? He will already know the places and will thus be able to face any technical difficulties (electricity, accessibility, cooking ...).
Some places require you to work with a particular caterer, or choose from a list of tax professionals. Several reasons for this. By quality requirement, they are sure to offer the best to their bride and groom, and to work with trusted professionals, who will know and respect the place. It will be for you a guarantee of peace of mind. Make sure, however, that this imposed list is not just the game of financial commissions between professionals, and for which the caterer would instead pay a sum of money at your expense to be able to work first on the place in question.
You will also find many addresses on the internet, in directories or blogs of course, since each couple who shares their story also shares the addresses they recommend. You can find for example on Wedding Caterer Marco Island.
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
A sit-down dinner? A long cocktail? World or traditional cuisine? Service to the plate or shared dish? Mechoui or formal dinner? Organic cuisine, gastronomic, simple, bistro...? Would you like to focus on seasonal products? These questions will help you sort through your selection of professionals. As for other artisans in the wedding world, caterers often have a specialty, so enjoy it as well.
WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
The caterer is, as I said, often the most important expense item of a wedding, so impossible not to mention this data. So do your accounts.
What is your overall budget? What budget can you allocate to the caterer? How many guests do you have? What type of service do you want on the cocktail and dinner side? Divide the overall budget by the number of guests, and this will give you a small idea of the cost per person, to then parallel with your desires, to see if the two correspond.
HOW MUCH DOES A CATERER COST?
Everything depends on the proposed menu, the added options, the staff available, the number of guests, the reputation of the professional, the style of dinner chosen, the possibility or not to rent dishes and furniture, entertainment special (oyster bar, ice cream parlor, hot dog stand ...), drinks ... In general, count between 55$ and 190$ and more per person.
THE FINAL ESTIMATE
When the tastings are done, and your choice is stopped, validate each point of the final quote of your caterer. From the menu to the options, through the setting up, the dishes, the toppings, the decoration, the service, the schedules of beginning and end of service, the drinks, night bar, but also the methods of payment ... All should be reviewed to avoid any unpleasant surprises or omissions.
THE FEELING ABOVE ALL
During the tasting, the taste, the service and the quality of the products are obviously important. But as for all the other professionals with whom you work, the feeling is essential, and you must absolutely feel listened to, accompanied and trusted with your caterer.
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