Your wedding day is approaching and there’s still so much to do. The stress and the pressure are starting to get to you and you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed. However, there are ways to resolve these issues. Some of them include hiring a wedding planner or asking your friends and family for help. Many people feel chaotic and it’s completely normal. Regardless of who is going to help you out, it’s always best to take it to step by step. In that respect, we decided to give you a few tips on how to solve the issue of catering. Once you find your ideal caterer, you will have solved one of the major wedding issues and your anxiety levels are guaranteed to drop. So, buckle up and let’s see how to conquer this challenging task.
The first thing you need to do is evaluate your budget and see how much money you can set aside for a caterer. Prices vary and so does quality. Of course, the reason for extremely high prices isn’t necessarily quality.
Sometimes it’s just popularity and the personal story of the brand itself. So, don’t despair. Decide on your budget and then start looking for a caterer that is in your price range and opt for the best price to quality trade-off. It will save you a lot of time as well as unnecessary frustration.
When it comes to your search for a good caterer, finding a place to start may be tricky. Firstly, if some of your friends have gotten married relatively recently, you can ask them for a recommendation. Moreover, you can remember your own experience of attending their wedding and see if you fancy any caterer in particular. You can also check out catering companies and their reviews online and get all the necessary information there.
Aesthetics and taste
When it comes to the qualities you should search for in a caterer, you have to decide on that yourself. However, your main focus should definitely be the taste of the food, as well as whether or not it’s aesthetically pleasing. Make no mistake, you’ll be presented with their finest at the tasting, but there are a few notions for you to keep an eye out for here.
For instance, check whether or not they have seasonal menus. Companies that use these are probably keeping all their ingredients fresh, which is definitely an advantage. You also need to have in mind the date of your wedding and the date of the tasting. Make sure to discuss menu options for the time of your wedding since some dishes may differ.
Another important aspect of interviewing caterers is checking whether or not you click together. The portfolio and the tasting should definitely give you some idea of the way a caterer works. However, you need to inform them about the theme of your wedding and about your own wishes. Some caterers are more flexible, while others refuse to experiment and like to stick with their usual offer. You also need to see how willing they are to meet your custom demands and how well you cooperate. Don’t neglect this part. The product is sometimes equally as important as the people behind it. If you don’t see eye to eye, everything you liked about them will have been in vain.
Apart from the quality of the food, the style, and the cooperation, you should also pay attention to the service. You will want your guests to have the best possible experience at your wedding. If you already attended a wedding that was catered by your chosen company, then you’ll have no problem assessing the service.
However, most of us aren’t that lucky and we need to take all the hints we can get. This is why you should pay close attention to the way you’re treated from the very first moment you contacted the company to the last. Chances are that the politeness of the staff will be similar to the one at the event itself. So, when you contact your caterer, try to be a bit of a psychoanalyst, too.
All in all, some of these tips are quite intuitive, but a hectic mind could use a written summary of all the steps that should be taken. So, go ahead and start your research. Take a deep breath and take the first step. Once you’re finished, you’ll be over the moon and all other unresolved wedding planning issues will seem much less challenging and stressful once you check one important thing off your list.
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