Photo © Roy Katalan
the guests at your wedding look back on your special event, they may remember
how you and your fiancé both cried when reciting your vows and they may
remember how beautiful the bride looked walking down the aisle. But they are sure
to remember the food that's served at the reception. If you're envisioning the
feast of your dreams at your reception, you better start looking for a caterer
right away (they can be booked up to a year in advance).
qualified caterer is an experienced professional in the areas of food selection
and preparation, reception staging, serving and clean up. Many caterers provide
virtually every service you will need at your reception from decorating the hall
to hiring bartenders, preparing and serving the food to providing the cake. You
will find other caterers who simply set up, prepare and serve the food and clean
up. Other caterers will offer a wide range of services and you can pick and choose
which ones you would like them to provide.
sure to choose a reputable caterer who will let you sample some of their food
before signing a contract. Many caterers will also provide you with the phone
numbers of satisfied couples who have used their services. Interview several caterers
to determine which one is right for you. Make sure the caterer will serve the
food that you had in mind.
sign a contract until you understand the terms of the agreement. Is the caterer
charging a flat rate or a per-person fee? Are gratuities automatically added?
Are you going to have a sit-down dinner or a buffet? Will drinks be included in
the price? There are many aspects of the reception to discuss with your caterer
in order to make your special day perfect.
in mind, many reception sites have catering services that are included. When you
are selecting a site, decide if their services are what you had in mind when it
comes to the catering as well as the appeal of the location. A representative
from the hall or a party planner on staff will go over the menu selections and
other services that are provided.
& Reception Worksheet from the Creative Wedding Planner!
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