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5 Things To Consider When Looking For A Wedding Caterer

With so much on your wedding planning to-do list, you want to make sure that you choose the right caterer early on so you can focus on the details. There are a few things every couple should consider when searching for the right caterer for their wedding.

1. Meal service type

Pricing for wedding catering will vary depending on the type of meal service provided. The formal sit-down dinner is served by professional waitstaff that brings out each individual course. A buffet-style reception dinner allows guests to serve themselves at their own leisure, while a family-style reception dinner has large serving platters of food that are brought to each table to be passed around. There are pros and cons to each type of service and couples should consider their budget, venue, and wedding style when making a decision.

2. Menu

When considering what kind of food to serve, be sure to keep in mind guest preferences, the meal service type, wedding theme, and season. The menu should accommodate for guest allergies or dietary restrictions, offer foods that are in season, and fit with the overall style and theme of your wedding.

3. Tastings

After narrowing down a few caterer options, schedule a tasting. Some caterers offer free tastings, while others charge a fee that covers ingredients, preparation, and consultation time. You’ll need to discuss in advance which dishes you’d like to try.

4. Contract terms

Once you’ve chosen a caterer, carefully read through their cancellation policy, payment terms, and deadlines for adjusting menu items and guest count. Caterers rely on a network of vendors and suppliers, as well as a team of employees to fill orders so they typically don’t allow free cancellations after a certain date. 

5. Referrals and recommendations

Friends, family, coworkers, and even neighbors can give recommendations for local catering companies. Be sure to do your own research before taking anyone’s word. Read online reviews, ask questions, check recommendations, and consider asking the staff at your venue for caterers they’d recommend. 

It’s your big day and you deserve nothing less than spectacular. Contact Urban Solace Catering today to learn about our wedding catering packages and to schedule a tasting.

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