The caterer would provide linens, table cloths and napkins, plus other facilities. See if usage fees for these items are included in the package or you have to rent them separately. At the same time, you may also have to provide gratuity to the attendants. Get a complete quotation and see if the total cost would fit your budget.
• Ask the caterer about other services that they can provide. It is common for caterers to provide tables, chairs, plates, utensils, and so on. Ask your caterer what they can offer for your wedding reception. Providing of needed facilities may also be part of an all-inclusive package. But you have to be sure of what is included in the package.
• Who will decorate the wedding reception venue? Decorating the wedding reception venue may be a job for wedding florists or the caterers. If the caterer handles the job, then you don't need to look for florists and wedding venue decorators. At the same time, confirm with the caterer if they will do the table setting and skirting.
• Make sure the caterer is available on your wedding day! Sometimes, mistakes on early bookings happen when the caterer accepts another offer for the same day as your wedding day. This can lead to a disaster. You must confirm with your caterer that they do not have other commitments on your scheduled wedding. If the caterer handles two weddings on the same day, you have to make sure that they have enough staff to deploy to your reception.
• Ask the caterer for suggestions on menus or wedding venue decorations. Sometimes, you just cannot come up with brilliant ideas on decorations or you just cannot make up your mind about what to serve to guests. An experienced caterer can always provide a suitable sample menu. Your wedding should be planned in the mid morning, in the afternoon, or even after a wedding held in the evening. Lucky you if you don't! Thus, you have to be open to eating arrangements. You don't have to make arrangements for everyone but at least, try to offer two to three options.
How to Find a Good Wedding Caterer
There are many wedding caterers who rely mainly on word of mouth advertising to advertise their service. If you can, why don't you talk to newly wed couples in your area and ask if they can recommend a good wedding caterer? This can be a good starting point.
Another way is to ask for a recommendation from reception hall coordinators. Often times, they will ask you to use one particular wedding caterer or they will give you a list of trusted wedding caterers.
The best way is to do your research well. Use trusted caterers who have been in the game for an extended period. Ones that offer sampling and tastings to back their brand. Choose those that know what they are about and offer suggestions and comments suited directly to your needs and requirements. The fakes will be easy to spot once the right questions are asked!
Do not forget to schedule an appointment with the wedding catering service candidates for taste test of the options they have for you. At this very point, you can easily pick the foods you think your guests will certainly enjoy.
There are many wedding caterers who rely mainly on word of mouth advertising to advertise their service. Do not forget to schedule an appointment with the wedding catering service candidates for taste test of the options they have for you.