plays an important role in the wedding festivities, so you'll
want to take plenty of time and care when choosing your caterer.
Here are some great questions to ask your caterer to ensure
that you have an amazing "wedding feast" without
Options and Reception Styles
are so many food varieties to choose from when it comes
to menu selection. You can have a traditional sit down dinner,
buffet, food stations or a cocktail reception. It all depends
on your personal preference and budget.
your caterer know your budget up front. Dont assume
that a buffet or food station is less expensive than a sit
down dinner. It all depends on the type of food served, not how
the caterer use all fresh food and produce? Will any of
the food for the reception be frozen or canned?
if your caterer will do a "tasting" and when.
This is where the bride and groom can go sample and taste
some of the caterers dishes. Yum Yum...
what is done with the leftover food. Particularly, if you
are having a buffet or food station, there can be food leftover.
Some brides choose to have the leftover food given to a
homeless shelter or packed up and brought home. Some caterers
don't offer this option because they cant guarantee
its freshness and they dont want anyone to get
sick if the food is not stored properly.
if dishes can be prepared that are not included on the regular
menu. Some brides have a special "family" dish
they'd like or a particular type of ethnic food prepared.
This is a great way to really personalize your dinner and
caterers will quote prices based upon a certain number or
minimum number of guests. For instance, your caterer may
have a minimum of 100 guests and if only 80 show up there
may be an additional fee.
offer wedding cakes in their package? Can they make you
a wedding cake? Will the caterer cut up the cake for you and will they do this for free or charge a fee? Some caterers charge a per slice fee, so be aware!!
they included in the price or will they be added later?
Find out what the final price is.
of Servers to Guests
this will vary depending on the type of reception you have.
Code for Wait Staff
will the staff be dressed?
to see pictures of their table displays. Some caterers that
do buffets or food stations will include floral arrangements
and other decorations. As your wedding plans progress, talk
to your caterer about your colour theme so that all decorations
and floral arrangements will coordinate.
find out what type of decorating they might do for you.
Will they swag your head and cake tables? Will they set
out your favours and seating cards?
the price include table linens, napkins, dishes, and glassware?
Ask to see samples. Remember, if you dont like the
tableware or linens they offer, most everything can be rented,
but usually at an additional price!
caterer should be licensed by the province. Most display
their license in their office, but if you're not sure, ask!
need to get a Special Occasions Permit from the liquor board?
If you are supplying the alcohol and they are bringing the
mix, what is the price per person? If you are providing the alcohol, will the caterer charge you a corkage fee?