Granted, you have a lot to consider when planning one of the most exciting and stressful days of your life, but who you choose to handle your wedding catering is arguably one of the most important decisions you will have to make.
Get it right, and you have the right kind of memories for life. Get it wrong, however, and it could spoil the occasion at ‘lost the ring’ proportions! Why take the risk by just hiring the first wedding caterer you speak to? Especially when you could have minimised the risk by taking the time to establish the questions you should ask any caterer interested in your wedding.
The good news is that you have this article to rely on. Read it thoroughly, heed its advice, and you will have the questions you need to arm yourself with when searching for the best wedding caterer!
- Do You Have Experience?
Do you really want an inexperienced caterer handling your big day? This is not a slight on inexperienced wedding caters as everybody has to start somewhere, it’s just that it’s a risky move to go with inexperience.
An experienced caterer will know what to expect and how to deliver the food experience you want for your guests. Whether it’s a formal plated dinner, family-style, casual buffet or cocktail event, the meal service style will impact the overall vibe of your reception.
Asking a caterer to provide samples of their dishes is a great way to see if they’re a good match for your vision. It’s also a good idea to ask them about their catering experience at the venue you’re considering hosting your wedding.
- Do You Have a Reputation?
Of course, if you ask someone if they have a good or bad reputation, what do you think the answer is going to be? Yeah, it’s like asking your kids if they have done their homework – you will not know the truth without checking for yourself!
Establishing the truth is down to you on this one. Do some research, ask around, read reviews, and determine for yourself if the catering Milano company you’re considering has a good or bad reputation.
- Do You Have a Location?
One of the best questions to ask about wedding catering is if you will be able to use the venue’s kitchen. Some venues have their own kitchens on site where they’ll prepare the food, while others will allow you to rent out equipment. Choosing which option works best for you depends on your vision and budget. Having a dedicated space will make planning easier and give you more control over your event’s menu. Some full-service venues also have party rentals for things like tables, chairs and dessert stands.
The other big question is whether you’re looking for a buffet or a plated meal. A buffet enables guests to choose their own items while a plated meal allows you to serve dishes to your guests in a more organized manner.
- Do You Have a Staff?
A well-trained, experienced staff is essential for wedding catering. This is especially true for the food department, as it can have a significant impact on the quality of the finished product. For example, if the company lacks experience in preparing dishes with allergens in mind, you might not be able to provide an accurate menu for your guests, which could result in a less-than-ideal event.
The team members should also be trained to handle a variety of service styles, such as plated meals, passed appetizers and buffets. Each style requires different staffing levels and planning, such as establishing a seating chart and collecting guest meal cards with food preferences and dietary restrictions.
Trust Your Decision?
If you have asked the above questions and received adequate replies, you stand a better chance of having a successful wedding – at least with regard to the food. Just make sure the best man proves the best man by looking after that ring!