Wedding Catering: Five Things Your Wedding Caterer Wish You Knew

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“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It is not about nutrients and calories. It is about sharing. It is about honestly. It is about identity.”-Louise Fresco

It is no question that one of the events a woman looks forward to all her life is her wedding day.

In fact, there is a very likely chance that she has meticulously planned every detail since they were little girls. With this in mind, a bride would most certainly want every detail in her wedding day from the minute aspects such as the décor to the big one like the catering. Catering is one of the integral elements of a wedding because it is one of the elements that would leave a lasting impression on your guests. Apart from wanting them to leave well-fed and satisfied, you would also want to give them a notable and exemplary gastronomic experience unlike no other. After all, you would not want to be that bride who leaves her guests starving throughout the night because there was not enough food or the food was not delectable enough.

Although you may always want the best for your wedding, your decisions may not always be sound and more often than not, it is best to trust your caterers—regardless of whether they offer expensive or affordable catering. In any case, here are some of the things your caterer wish you knew:

1.) Please listen to the pros

The reality is, there are a lot of ‘firsts’ when it comes to a wedding, and unless you have catered for a large scale of guests before, it is probably best if you listened to the seasoned professionals. Remember, you hired your caterers for a reason: their expertise and they have handled a lot of weddings prior to yours. Chances are, they already know what they are doing, so listen to them and their advice.

2.) Pinterest is not a catering menu

Inspiration is something Pinterest has a wealth of, and if you are tying the knot anytime soon, you might have probably pinned and saved some of your favorite creations. However, do know that Pinterest, albeit a terrific place for inspiration, is not always a practical tack for your wedding food. Do not expect your caterers to meticulously follow every detail on the food as more often than not, the things you see on the website have explicitly been photographed for an advertisement or blog post.

3.) It is possible to satisfy diet restrictions and your guests

Just because you cannot eat gluten does not mean the rest of your guests cannot have it too. Lucky for you, there is a myriad of catering companies out there that would cater to distinct food restrictions and specialize in every type of diet. For best results, do not simply look for specialty caterers who would accommodate your requests and food restrictions, but produce exemplary food creations as well.

4.) You need a lot of waiters

You might think that your caterer is dunking a lot of wait service staff on you just so they can bloat their asking price. But the truth is, your caterer is not trying to upsell you, they just know how many people it takes to make everything run seamlessly. However, if you do want to trim staff size, be prepared to make compromises and sacrifices. Talk to your caterer as regards your options first.

5.) Be careful who you invite to the tasting

Limit the individuals you invite to your tasting assembly. Apart from your partner and yourself, you should ideally invite only four other people who typically should be both sets of parents. Inviting too many people can potentially dilute the real assessment of the food tasting, and it can make the outcome confusing. Remember, you are not heading out to a dinner for 30 people. You are simply doing a tasting.

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Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Caterer

Choosing the right wedding caterer is no easy task. Aside from the fact there are now several options to choose from, you also have to consider that different caterers have different specialties. Not to mention, they don’t charge the same rate too.

Since wedding catering is one of the most important aspects you will need to decide on for your wedding, careful consideration should be taken before making your decision. If you’re finding it really difficult to select the wedding caterer that’s best for you, then here are some tips you might want to consider.

  • Set a budget. One way to effectively limit your option is to set a maximum budget for the catering expenses. This rules out expensive caterers and cuts down on the number of choices to choose from. However, being on a limited budget also entails crucial decisions such as setting the number of guests or viands to be served. Consider these details first before you start eliminating caterers from your list.

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  • Insist on taste tests. Despite the risk of putting on weight before the wedding date, you need to test how each caterer’s dishes tastes like. You see, some caterers are unrivaled experts on specific dishes and they prepare the same dish in a different way. The question is, do you want to showcase a particular dish or are you willing to compromise taste for variety? The quality of food is crucial in how much your guests will enjoy your wedding. Even if you have your wedding in Rockwell tent or any other nice venue, if the food is crappy then all other wedding details will fade into the background.

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  • Read reviews. With the wedding industry becoming more and more popular in the recent years, a lot of wedding caterers and other wedding suppliers build and rely on reputation to keep their businesses and names afloat. It wouldn’t hurt to consult as many reviews as you can on these suppliers to get a better idea of how professional and effective they are. After all, you are a paying customer so you have every right to demand professional service.

Don’t easily get disheartened by bad reviews because it is quite difficult to please everyone, so bad reviews are normal. However, you may still want to take them into consideration.

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  • Haggle in any way you can. It is not a shame to haggle for extras. Some caterers are so good at what they do so they don’t mind accommodating a few extra requests. Take advantage of these. You can haggle for a few extra servings; or maybe an extra dessert; or perhaps extra people to make the service a little faster and more efficient. Whatever you can squeeze in the deal will always be a good thing. After all, wedding caterers are used to these so get one that is generous.

Tips For Hosting A Dinner Party

There are many times when you will find yourself being the host to a dinner party. Whether it is for a simple birthday celebration, a small gathering of friends or relatives, or a celebration of small milestones in your family or career, a dinner party is a good way to do it.

To ensure that you are able to have a successful dinner party, below are some tips for hosting one.

  • Prioritize good food. The thing with dinner parties is that you have no other things to feature except good food and conversation. Since the quality of conversation mainly depends on the people you will invite, it is best to focus on providing food that your guests will rave about. Although your guests will appreciate having home-cooked food, there is no reason why you cannot hire a caterer. Go for one who accepts wedding catering and maybe you can even try to get your wedding caterer if they accept smaller bookings.
  • Prioritize good foodProvide lots of finger foods. You and your guests will not be seated at the dinner table the whole time so make sure you provide a lot of finger foods that everyone can partake of before dinner. These finger foods will be excellent for mingling and it will be like having cocktails before dinner.
  • Provide lots of finger foodsAsk for help. Even if you are the host, it does not mean that you are supposed to handle and do everything by yourself. Feel free to ask some of your expected guests if they can do or bring something for the dinner party. You might be surprised to know that this will be welcomed by many of your guests especially if the dinner party is an intimate one and for close family and friends. They would be more than happy to help out.
  • Ask for helpTake note of food allergies or preferences. Since a dinner party is usually more intimate, it will be easy enough to accommodate any food specifications that some of your guests might have. Ask them for any allergies or particular food that they do not eat to make sure that you can serve something for them as well. Your guests will definitely appreciate your consideration.
  • Take noteRelax. Many dinner party hosts make the mistake of stressing out right before and during the dinner party itself. Plan ahead and then relax. Even if some things might not be going as planned, try to enjoy the company of your guests.

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