How to Choose a Wedding Caterer: Basic Tips

The food you serve at your wedding reception reflects who you are as a couple and as individuals. You get a chance to show your own unique tastes in a super fun way. If you choose a venue that does not provide the food, you will need to find a great caterer. When you start your search, you must consider your budget, the menu style, the amount of food that will be needed, the prep station, the serving station and more. Most weddings will have food for the cocktail hour and either a sit down or buffet-style dinner. The choice is yours!

How do I get started?

With so many caterers out there, finding one that makes your mouth water can be tricky. But don’t worry… below are some tips to help you narrow down the field:

What should I ask?

Once you have a handful of caterers in mind, it’s interview time. Below are some common questions to ask:

Keep in mind that some caterers will do the wedding cake as well, if you wish. Or, they may suggest a dessert table to go along with the cake. This may be a money-saving option for you if you are on a strict budget, plus, you will still get to have some creative control.

IMPORTANT: Always request a contract. Never hire caterers without a written agreement which includes every aspect of the timeline, menu, and cost. If you have any reservations about what you see, ask questions!