When planning for a wedding, choosing the right caterer for your reception dinner is essential. Too many horror stories can be found online from brides who have been disappointed or even disgusted by their unfortunate wedding food experiences. It is important do some solid research before you book with any particular catering company, to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible on your wedding day.
We spoke with the team at Art of Catering, corporate caterers from Brisbane who also specialise in catering for large events and functions such as weddings. They offered us some tips on choosing the right caterers for your special day.
Firstly, you should determine whether you have any special requirements for your meals. If you or many of your guests are coeliac, lactose intolerant, or vegan etc., you may be able to find a catering company in your home town which specialises in that kind of cuisine. This could save you a lot of issues down the track if a catering company who generally doesn’t deal with those sorts of meals has to go out of their way to prepare something they’re not accustomed to.
Talk with your friends and acquaintances who have recently been married, and reflect upon the weddings you have recently attended to find out local companies who have impressed. Get in contact with these companies and discuss your specific requirement and needs. Often it is much easier to get an understanding of a company by talking with one of their staff, so by ringing around and speaking with multiple caterers who have all served up commendably in the past, you should be able to narrow the field down and find the perfect company.
If, for whatever reason, you do not know of any wedding catering companies who service the area in which you are getting married, ringing around for a chat with staff from local companies can only help when making your selection.
You can often find reviews of companies online as well. Take a look at Google’s reviews (if any) and often people will leave feedback on social media pages as well, so be sure to check Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus to get a gauge of how competent your potential catering company may be.
Once you have decided on the perfect candidate, and have discussed your menu options with them, arrange to meet them in person and have a taste test of the meals. Many wedding, event and corporate caterers will be happy to let you try their meals before serving them up to ensure they are of your expected standard. This is not a common requests but for special events such as a wedding, the best catering companies understand and will be willing to let you try the food before signing them up for this very important job.
If you don’t want to have to organize every single detail of your wedding, or just have too much other more important preparations to work on, you may wish to consider hiring a wedding planner to organize things for you. Often wedding planner will have experience with caterers in your area so will be able to select the right one for you depending on your food preferences. If you don’t wish to use a planner or you just can’t afford the additional cost, often the venues you hire will have contract caterers who work with them for corporate events and functions such as wedding, so you may just decide to utilize their services. It’s always best to check the standard of their food first though to ensure you, and your guests, won’t be left disappointed on the night!