How to Choose a First-Class - Yet Affordable - Wedding Caterer

You CAN avoid the 'wedding caterer from hell'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Choosing a wedding caterer may be one of the most important tasks attached to your wedding plans, after setting the date. After all, it's not only about choosing a good caterer. Most wedding caterers have lots of other connections in the wedding industry, and can often save you a great deal of time, money and effort. By referring you to other services or simply adding other services you need to their list, your wedding caterer is worth his or her weight in gold!


If you want to avoid choosing the 'wedding caterer from hell', here are five tips to make your decisions easier:

1. The first thing you want to do is ask around in your own circle for references to a good wedding caterer. And by the way, 'wedding' is the operative word here - lots of caterers may not necessarily have experience with weddings, and that particular experience is important.

But among your own friends and family, someone will be able to put in a good word for a wedding caterer that they've either had a positive experience with themselves, or heard good things about.

2. If that doesn't work, check with well-known local venues (even if you're not having your wedding in one of them). Local venues will work with local wedding caterers, and their reputation depends on having quality wedding caterers available to choose from.

If THAT doesn't work, check with any other rental agencies you'll be using for any part of your wedding planning - again, any company that works within the industry will have a list of reputable local wedding caterers to choose from.

3. Once you have a list of three or four wedding caterers to choose from, call, email or visit the website for each of them. Apart from getting a 'feel' for the company, you can also find out other specifics. Company history, particular specialties (cultural, for example) and availability are just as important as pricing at this point.

4. The next step is to interview the wedding caterers - again, this will confirm a 'feeling' for the company, and also allow you to tell them about you and your wishes, and get their feedback.

5. In order to do a process of elimination, the final step you can take is to do a 'taste test' of some food samples from one or two of them. Ask for an appointment, and let them know you'd like a couple of samples of the type of food you would order for your wedding.

If you follow these steps, you WILL find a first-class -- yet affordable -- wedding caterer!

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