Planning a wedding can be the most important task in a person’s life. Every couple hopes for the best but are forced to put their trust in third parties. From caterers to transport, everything must go without a hitch. You have to trust each company responsible for every part of the big day and to many the wedding catering is, above everything else, the most important factor.
It is the food that guests tend to talk about after the event. It is often said that a person will remember if they were hungry at a wedding and that if the food is good, the day will be enjoyed by all. It is therefore, extremely important to choose your caterers wisely! Again it is important that you meet with your intended caterers before you secure the date. This way, you can talk to the team who will be responsible for making sure your day runs as smoothly as possible. Questions that should be asked range from…
How much experience the caterers have, how many waitresses will be attending to each table on the day, whether or not the company uses agency staff or their own bank of trusted employees? From past experiences, it is always important to have a higher ratio of waiting staff employed by the caterers. Agency staff, although sometimes necessary, are not always as knowledgeable and as experienced as those with experience of working with your chosen caterers.
So you’ve chosen your wedding caterer. What do you do next? Any company worth their salt will draw up a schedule. This will act as instructions for the big day and should contain information on your chosen menu, the amount of guests attending including children and a menu specifically created for them if necessary. It should also contain contact details including an emergency out of hour’s phone number for the person in charge of your day, special requirements including dietary needs and specific requests i.e. no salad garnish for the best man etc etc. You should also have a comprehensive list of timings from when guests arrive to when the last guest leaves. The information compiled here will put your mind at ease and will ensure that both you and the caterers are singing from the same hymn sheet.
With your schedule completed and a dedicated member of the team at your beck and call, there is little else you can do to guarantee that it all runs smoothly. There has to come a point when you put your trust into your chosen caterers, leaving all the finishing touches to them. If you have done your homework, checked their business insurance, testimonials, food hygiene certificates etc etc, you will have little to worry about and you will be able to relax in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to ensure that your big day runs as smoothly as possible! Well, at least when it comes to the wedding catering!