Tackle this major to-do as soon as possible; the best caterers can be booked up to a year in advance. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Ask recently married friends for referrals.
- Check Wedding Club Suppliers
- Hotels, country clubs, and large special event facilities will probably have in-house caterers. If not, they will certainly have a list of preferred caterers.
- Ask your favourite restaurant to cater the affair. If they don’t do weddings, confident establishments will point you towards a trustworthy joint that does.
- The photographers, florists, videographers, and bridal boutique owners you’re speaking with will likely keep a list of reputable caterers they’ve heard of through the industry grapevine or know personally.
- Visit the website of a reputable professional organisation, such as Restaurants & Catering Australia. They can refer you to catering pros in your area.
- When you call to make appointments, try to schedule tastings as part of the interviews.
- Before you leave, don’t just take a business card — ask each caterer to draw up a rough outline including the cost per person, menu options, exactly what the fee includes (alcohol, rentals, tips, etc.); service and presentation style, and less expensive alternatives.
- Check references. Find out: a) Number of guests they had, the venue, and menu items b) Was the meal tasty, well presented, and served hot? c) How was the service and table-clearing? and d) Were there any surprises on the final menu or final bill?
- Be sure to get as much information on a particular catering firm before hiring them.
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