When planning the food element for your wedding you need to think about the questions to ask your wedding caterer. I am very aware that the caterer is just one of the things on the very long list of “things to do” for the big day, so I want to make sure that when my clients deal with me, everything is as smooth and stress free as possible.
The food is such a big part of the day (as well as the budget) and I know people want to get it right. it is a reflection of you as a couple. You want it to be just right and tailored exactly to how you want it.
Top 25 Questions to ask your Caterer
Here are my top 25 questions to ask your caterer to make sure you get the most perfect food and flow for you:
- What kind of menu options do you do?
- What is the price per head?
- Can we have a menu tasting to try some food options?
- Is there a minimum spend?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- What is your payment schedule?
- How many staff will we need for the event?
- Is the price inclusive of staff?
- What additional costs are there?
- How many canapés do you prepare per guest?
- When do you need the final guest headcount?
- Do you provide all the napkins, tablecloths, tables, chairs, plates, silverware and glasses?
- What time do you recommend serving the meal?
- What is a typical reception like? How does it flow?
- What style of dining would you recommend for our wedding?
- When do our meal selections have to be complete?
- What deposit do we have to put down to hold our date?
- Can you cater for special dietary requirements?
- Do you have a kids menu?
- Do you provide a wedding cake?
- Do you charge for cutting the cake?
- What will the staff wear?
- Do you provide a bar?
- Will you set out the wedding place cards?
- Can we have a reference from previous wedding jobs?
Once you have spoke to your potential caterer and asked all the right questions you want a check list to make everything clear about the flow of the day, because doesn’t everybody love a good list?
Click here to view and download the checklist I give to my clients.
Once all the questions have been asked and any queries cleared up with the check list, you can feel calm and cross one more thing off the wedding list. No more worrying about the catering!