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Wedding Caterer: How To Choose The Right One For Your Big Day

The food you’ll serve on your big day plays an important role in making your wedding a success. And if you are hosting your celebration at a unique location or event space, there is a likelihood that you will require the services of a wedding caterer.

Bear in mind that a full-service wedding catering may come with services you may not be aware of including :

  • Setting up seating arrangements and service counters.
  • Providing wait staff and sometimes bartenders too. 
  • Cleaning up after. 
  • Packing up leftovers.
  • Waste management.
Set for a wedding reception
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Your total bill will cover these components which you’d otherwise have to pay for separately if you go the non-conventional catering route. So, it would be good to hire a caterer who can take care of all the nitty-gritty for you. 

A few tips to help you plan the perfect menu :

  • Create a menu that caters to your guests’ preferences. Be aware of various dietary restrictions as well.
  • Be adventurous and explore creative ideas with the culinary team of your appointed caterer. 
Catering a yacht wedding
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Easy bites on a yacht
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Do also consider local flavours that you and your spouse both enjoy, or perhaps pay homage to the place where you had your first date when planning specialty menu items. Make sure you collaborate with a caterer who understands your vision and who is willing to accommodate your preferences. Meet with several companies before settling on one, and ask yourself the following questions to make sure they meet all your needs :

  • Have they done weddings at your chosen venue?
  • What kinds of cuisines are they adept at?
  • Can they cater to specific diets?
  • What complementary services do they offer? A bar perhaps? Maybe a dessert buffet too?
  • Reviews from previous clients.
Notice the chef at work
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Your caterer should also walk you through the types of service and help you decide which will be best, including : 

  • Traditional seated meal with plate service.
  • Family-style meal with large food platters to be shared.
  • Buffet with guests serving themselves.
  • Cocktail hour with finger food, snacks and an open bar perhaps.
Pasta station
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Small bites
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