It’s possible to get married anywhere, but how do you secure a caterer flexible enough to go anywhere with you, at a cost you can afford.
An established caterer should provide you with a professional team that will be there to help you before your day. Offering a personal service which usually includes acting as Master of Ceremonies, from welcoming you on arrival through to the wedding breakfast, cutting of the cake and speeches.
A few points to help you choose a caterer and give you peace of mind are:
Always speak with the caterers, get a fell of how they operate and look for attention to detail and of course flexibility.
The Venue – most caterers will have worked in many locations and venues, some venues have in house caterers or a preferred suppliers list. However there’s no harm in asking if you can bring your own caterer. If your venue is on private land you can have what you want.
A professional caterer would usually visit the venue to confirm what facilities are available and advise you on what is required to make your day run smoothly.
What to expect – Most caterers employ an event coordinator to organise and plan their clients events, this person should have the most contact with you throughout the planning of your wedding to make sure it is stress free.
The menu – Every caterer should offer you flexibility to design your own menu; they should offer you advice but remember the decision is yours. Most caterers are extremely adaptable and enjoy the opportunity to duplicate or slightly amend a dish that you particularly like and never be worried about your guests they should always accommodate dietary requirements.
What will it cost? – Cost is a little bit of a grey area, the cost is based upon the price of raw ingredients and the quality of the food. Most caterers do include all the ancillary costs for example table linen, cutlery, crockery and service.
Are they safe? – Do ask your caterer if they have all the necessary qualifications and they meet all food hygiene regulations.
What do I need to remember? – Always be open and honest in your discussions with your caterer; never be shy about asking their advice on non food and beverages issues.
Words by Sue Le Bonne .