CHEAP WEDDING CATERING
How To Choose A Cheap Wedding Caterer And
Questions To Ask Your Wedding Caterer
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A wedding reception traditionally
follows every wedding ceremony. During the reception
celebration, wedding guests greet the wedded couple, socialize among
themselves, dance and maybe most importantly, they eat.
wedding reception meal, no matter if it consists of a 4 course
dinner, hors d'oeuvres or a decadent dessert buffet, is the first
meal that the newlyweds will share as a wedded couple.
it's important that the reception meal be a memorable one.
That's where wedding catering comes in.
Wedding Catering Ideas
For many couples, once they choose their wedding reception venue,
the catering is already decided. Lots of reception sites come
complete with on-site catering. If you have the choice to use
the reception site's catering or use an outside vendor, often it's
cheaper to use an outside catering company. In this case,
check out a few outside vendors and compare service and prices.
But, you may end up going with the on-site catering anyway.
Using an in-house caterer makes the decisions easier for you and you
can feel confident that the catering staff is familiar with the
If you are holding your wedding reception at a location that doesn't
include catering as part of the package or you have chosen to work
with an outside vendor for your catering, you need a plan in order
to find an excellent caterer for your wedding. Read on to
learn the basic steps in finding a wedding caterer and other
wedding catering ideas.
How do I get started in finding a wedding caterer? The first
thing you must do in your wedding caterer search is establish what
you're looking for. This means that you need to determine how
much you're planning to spend on catering, what type of meal you'd
like to have at the reception, a ballpark number of guests, where
your wedding reception will be held and the set date and time of
your wedding reception.
Once you have an idea of the basics,
it will be easier for you to get a clear picture of catering costs
and you'll have the answers to other questions like if you need to
rent china or table linens and if you'll be purchasing your own
liquor for the bar.
How much money will I spend on catering?
You need a caterer that will be able to produce wonderful food at
the best price possible. The general rule of thumb is that you
will spend 50% of your wedding budget on your reception and the
majority of that is spent on catering.
But, the catering
budget really depends on what type of reception you're having ( i.e.
sit down dinner versus a dessert buffet,) the food you choose
(chicken is cheaper than filet mignon) and what other items you need
to rent for your location (tents, china, linens, etc.)
you determine those variables, you can go to different caterers with
your plans and see what they can do. Remember that when you
talk caterers, be candid about what you can and can't afford.
Caterers can often come up with creative ideas to give you the same
type of menu you want while keeping costs within your budget.
Where can I find a wedding caterer?
There are many ways to find a wedding caterer. Once you've chosen
your wedding reception site, inquire if the site has a list of
recommended vendors. Professional caterers will be able to adapt to
any location, but it may be beneficial to use a caterer that has
previously worked with your reception site. Another great way to
find a wedding caterer is to ask friends and relatives if they have
any suggestions. Alternative resources for finding a caterer include
the internet, bridal shows and bridal publications that are specific
to your local area. If you have a favorite restaurant, you may also
want to inquire if they cater large events. Above all, make sure
that your caterer is experienced in catering for weddings.
Once you have a list of possible caterers, give each company a call
and see if they have preliminary information to send you like sample
menus and testimonials. Narrow down your list to a maximum of 4
caterers and set up meetings with each company. During the meetings,
you'll want to ask the caterer questions and determine whether they
are available for your wedding date and if their services are within
your price range. If you are not familiar with the caterer's
services, you may want to ask for a taste test. No matter what the
caterer provides and how inexpensive the service is, if the food
doesn't taste good you don't want them to cater your reception.
Below are a few questions to ask potential wedding caterers:
Are you available for my wedding date and time?
Have you ever worked at my reception venue before?
What types of meal service do you offer? Buffet, sit down dinner,
passed hors d'oeuvres service?
What are the menu options? What is the cost for each menu item?
Could I have the names and telephone numbers of some of your past
Do you provide china, table linens, tables, chairs, tents, etc.?
What is the cost for these items?
Do you provide bar service and liquor? Can I buy my own liquor? If I
purchase my own liquor, can you still provide bar service?
Can you provide a wedding cake? Do you charge a cake-cutting fee?
What do your fees include? Do the fees include gratuities for the
Can you provide a "to-go" box with samples from each of the menu
items for the bride and groom to take from the reception?
What will the ratio of staff to guests be? Can you provide extra
staff like coatroom attendants, bartenders, etc.?
What deposits are required? When is the final balance due? What is
the refund policy?
Can you provide meals for those with special dietary needs (i.e.
vegetarian, diabetic, kosher)?
What do you do with the leftover food? Can I have it boxed up to