How to Choose the Right Catering Service for Your Wedding
In a sea of catering services for weddings, it can seem nearly impossible to pick one that fits your vision and, more importantly, your budget. Here are some tips to make sure you choose the best caterer for your special day.
Set your wedding date and budget.
One of the very first things you should do is check the availability of different caterers to see if they are available on your wedding day. If they are, you’ll need to ask about the booking and payment process. Ask when payments are needed and if there is a down payment to secure your wedding date. You should ideally be researching and meeting with caterers about nine months before your wedding. It’s much easier to look for catering services for weddings after you have booked your venue, because many times the availability of your venue is what chooses your wedding date.
It’s also important that you set a budget prior to meeting with potential caterers. Setting a budget will make it easier for you to make decisions regarding menu items, food costs, and staffing requirements. When setting your budget, remember that many catering services for weddings charge per head, so having an idea of how much you want to spend per guest will make it easier to plan. It’s also important not to get too stuck on the per guest pricing; many caterers, like Rudy’s, also have custom mix and match menus that allow Brides and Grooms on even the smallest budgets find the perfect menu for their big day.
Quality of food.
The best catering services for weddings combine exquisite presentation with mouthwatering taste. It’s crucial that your caterer has a professional, commercial facility and an experienced team to prepare and serve your menu to your guests. When meeting with potential caterers, ask them about the quality and sustainability of the produce they source.
Another inside tip: think about creating a menu that is in your caterer’s wheelhouse. Although most caterers boast that they can do anything the client wants, they all have their specialty. Be sure to ask what they do best and consider whether or not that would fit with your wedding vision.
Find out what they supply.
Caterers usually wear many hats both before and during your big day, so it’s important to find out how much bang you can get for your buck. Full-service catering companies are able to supply linens, china, glassware, cake and cake cutting, and more. Some caterers will offer other services (or offer to book them for you) such as rental equipment (tables, chairs, tents) or event decor. Try to book as much as you can with one vendor to ensure timeliness and to avoid confusion. It’s more cost effective, too!
Don’t be afraid to ask for a few testimonials or reviews from some of their previous clients. Many caterers will be happy to show you a portfolio of their work or provide references to solidify their reputation. Check out the websites of potential caterers as well as their social media accounts. They should have an active online presence and a very clean, professional design on all of their web platforms. Search for pictures from weddings they have been a part of and look at the way in which they present the space. Take note of the little things as well as the big things and ask yourself if it meets your standards for your wedding.
While two caterers might appear to be the same on the surface, there may be significant differences between them regarding cost, taste or quality of service. It’s important to do your homework and ask the right questions to make sure you are selecting the perfect meal for you and your guests.
For more details on our menus and pricing, please contact Nicole Newman at 937-605-2402.