There are many locations that use outside caterers for their events or allow you to bring in your own caterer. There are many things to consider when searching for a caterer beyond what the food tastes like. Following are a list of questions to consider when selecting your caterer.
Keys to a Successful Catering Experience:
A reputable, reliable caterer will be licensed and insured.
It’s hard to beat a good reputation. A good caterer will have lots of references.
If a caterer has been in business a long time, they must be doing something right!
Some caterers rent equipment for an event. Then the day of can’t get the equipment from the rental company.
It’s important for the food to not only taste good but also to be displayed beautifully. It’s the first impression for your guests.
Theme weddings can be a lot of fun. A good caterer will work with you to create a customized menu.
Everyone has different ideas and budgets. Make sure your caterer can accommodate yours.
Make sure your caterer has experience with weddings. Weddings are very different from other types of events.
Some caterers only work at certain locations. Make sure your caterer will travel. Some caterers will help you find the ideal location.
Not all caterers off both buffet and sit-down style menus. You want a versatile caterer.
Make sure the caterer’s staff will be suitably dressed for your event. Jeans and tennis shoes won’t work for a formal event. Likewise, if it’s informal, a cummerbund and bow tie won’t cut it.
Make sure you can see what their set-up looks like. Also don’t hesitate to ask if you are actually looking at there work.
You will work closely with your caterer as they prepare one of the most important meals of your life. It’s important you get along with them.