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Catering 101: 17 Questions to ask your Wedding Caterer

Posted At : September 16, 2008 12:26 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 11,157
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Here are a list of questions that you may want to keep in mind when selecting a caterer for your wedding (other than the obvious food-related ones!).
Remember, planning a wedding is not only about romance and crativity; it is also an exhibition in patience and organizational skills. There are so many distinctly, individual, parts that contribute to the planning of a successful wedding. A caterer is one of those daunting choices.

  • Are they licensed?
  • Do they have insurance?
  • What do they dress like?
  • Do you want a buffet or seated dinner?
  • Can they meet your specifications for cost per person and staff-to-guest ratio? (A good ratio for seated meals is approximately one waiter for every 8-10 guests.)
  • Can they provide their catering bid in writing?
  • What other costs are associated with their catering bid?
  • Is there a time frame that the catering bid is good for?
  • Are they familiar with your location?
  • Can you choose your own menu or will one be provided for you?
  • Do they have good references with pictures or a current event that you can attend?
  • Are they full service? (table linens etc.)
  • Do they allow tipping?
  • How much time do they require for reservations, finalized guest count, and wedding day set up?
  • What is their policy on cancellations?
  • Do they charge for opening the bottle of champagne and cutting the cake?
  • Will they feed the other wedding personnel? (photographer, etc.)

Story by Carol Callahan.

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