How to Choose The Right Wedding Caterer
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so you’re going to want to make sure it’s memorable for you and your guests. One vital part of the day is catering because the wedding breakfast is the point where everyone can sit down, relax, enjoy great food and drinks, while listening to the speeches.. However, there is a lot more to wedding catering than meets the eye, so we are going to provide you with our expert advice that will help you choose the right wedding caterer.
How to Work With a Catering Company for Your Wedding
To begin with, you will need to make sure that your chosen caterer is available. You will need to provide your caterer with the date and time of reception as well as the number of guests. Furthermore, you’ll need to explore the level of hospitality you want to provide and the cost per head that they charge.
To begin with, you should discuss everything that you are looking for. From style of food and drink, to sustainable practises, to the general aesthetic and vibe. This will help to create the ideal foundation for further discussions as well as exploring your options.
What is Included in Wedding Catering?
Different caterers will offer different options, taking into consideration your budget, your guests, your venue and your tastes… Many caterers, such as Caiger & Co can organise staffing, hire (such as marquees, crockery and linen) as well as flowers and all the other little details of the day. However, this is all part of the discussions that you will have with caterers when exploring your options.
What Should You Look for in a Wedding Caterer?
When you meet wedding caterers, you should expect a consultation where they gain an understanding of who you are and what you are looking for. This can be handled over the phone or you can arrange to meet somewhere. What you are looking for is a catering company that understands your needs and values, and what you want to create on one of the most important days of your life. Therefore, they should have no issues customising their menus or meeting any dietary requirements. Some caterers, such as ourselves, create totally bespoke menus for guests, this is what sets us apart. We believe it is very important to be as sustainble as possible. Do not be afraid to ask your caterer about where they source their food, for example, we favour local and seasonal produce and always keep food waste to a minimum.
Make Sure They Are Happy To Serve the Food You Want
Every couple has different needs when it comes to catering. Some might want traditional dishes that are still extremely delicious and indulgent but others might choose something more exotic or something that reflects their interests or passion such as travel. When searching for a caterer, it makes perfect sense to explain everything that you want as part of the catering. We pride ourselves on serving seasonal and local dishes, and would be happy to discuss this in more detail with our clients.
Will They Let You Taste The Menu Before Your Wedding?
This is a really important part of the process and it is really important that you get to try the dishes before the day. Sure, wedding caterers will have all the reviews and photography that showcase their dishes, but you still need to make sure that they can deliver the stunning dishes that they promise. Sampling the menu is a great way of ensuring you have made the right decision. So, you will be given a taster of all of the dishes they plan to cook, alongside the wine and cocktails. This will be small samples of each dish, starting with the canapés, starters, mains and dessert. All of which will help you to make an informed decision on the dishes you want your caterer to provide.
Can I Book Wedding Catering with Vegan Options?
Yes, almost every wedding caterer will cater for all dining options. You might not have any vegan guests but it helps to know that your caterer can take care of this should you have guests who are vegan.
Do They Offer Evening Food and How Much Will I Need?
If your wedding is taking place in the day then you are going to need evening food as some guests are going to be there all day. So, how do you determine how much food you will need?
There is a general rule of thumb which is to order enough food for 75% of the guests. This should ensure that there is enough food for everyone to enjoy.
When it comes to choosing wedding catering, you should ensure you select a caterer who can deliver a personalised experience that is unique to your day. There might seem a lot to consider but that should be seen as a positive as it will enable you to make the right choice.
At Caiger & Co. Catering we pride ourselves on offering highly personalised catering services, adapted to any concept or theme you might have for your event. We are a bespoke & luxury caterer based in London & the Home Counties. We specialise in bespoke briefs and menu creations, and would love to work with you to design a menu specifically to you
for your wedding day! We can do everything from BBQ banquets, to refined fine dining; offering something unique with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. We can also do more than the food side of things; from styling and entertainment, to creating a personalised artisan cocktail, we can assist with all aspects of your day!