San Diego Wedding Catering Do’s And Don’ts
There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, and wedding catering in San Diego is near the top of the list. To make your wedding day special, here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
- Plan ahead — months ahead.
Summer and holiday seasons are always the busiest for caterers so be sure to meet with a caterer well in advance of your wedding date to lock in your date and make your wedding a priority for them. This will also help you get the caterer you want, rather than going with the only one who’s available.
- Create a budget and stick to it.
Know how many guests you’ll be inviting, as this will affect your catering budget. Also, take the time to find out what the standard catering costs are and decide what bells and whistles you’d like.
- Schedule a tasting event.
Make an appointment to try the caterer’s food and beverages before making your selections. Find out if your caterer holds tasting events and make it a priority to attend.
- Plan for special dietary needs.
Find out which guests are vegetarian, vegan, gluten- or dairy-intolerant, or who have food allergies. Make sure your caterer is able to meet these special dietary restrictions by offering alternatives.
- Ask for advice.
Wedding caterers in San Diego are connected to a wide range of vendors and can offer referrals for all sorts of wedding services. Don’t hesitate to ask for their recommendations!
- Share the name and location of your venue.
Your caterer needs to know what amenities are available at your reception venue. They’ll need to make arrangements in advance to ensure they’re able to properly cater at your wedding.
- Forget about the children. . .
Kids under 12 may receive a special menu, just for them. Find out how many children will be attending and decide if you’d like to offer kids food.
- Cut corners.
Every experienced wedding caterer knows what it takes to successfully serve at an event. Don’t ask them to break their rules or go out of their way to meet unreasonable expectations. Trust their experience if you want quality wedding catering.
- Skip the details, like the dinnerware and napkins.
Food is great, but without dinnerware and napkins your guests won’t enjoy it. Decide if you’ll be buying the utensils yourself or if you’d like the wedding caterer to provide them.