Most catering companies will give you the opportunity to taste the cuisine before exchanging a contract. If this is not mentioned, then it is important that you request a “food tasting” to give you an idea of what to expect and question the caterer of any concerns you may have during your sampling. For example, the food may be too spicy, dry, or oily in which case you will need to raise and discuss this to avoid any disappointment on the day of your event.
Many venues will let you sample their suggested wedding menus either for free, or at a reduced price, once you have confirmed your booking with them. If the caterer insists on being hired before a tasting, and you really love their menu, include a clause in the contract that allows you to dissolve the agreement if the tasting doesn’t meet your standards — and schedule that tasting early! Just keep in mind you may lose your deposit.
You should take along your fiancé or a friend/family member so that you have trusted and valuable second opinion.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
If your venue doesn’t provide tables, chairs, linens, or dinnerware, find out if the caterers do. Most do, or contact a rental company that does. While this may be an extra fee, coordinating these essential rentals through one company will be a lot easier than balancing two or three companies to set your tables.
Popular caterers tend to get booked up months in advance, therefore it is important to give yourself enough time to do your “homework” and get estimates and compare catering services so that you have time to consider all your options.
You will also need to check and find out if the caterer is insured, licensed and has the necessary health permits.
Costs are usually quoted per ‘head’ (guest). Always ask for quotes and confirmation of everything in writing. Be sure everything the caterer agrees to is clearly stated in the contract so that there is clear clarification as to what is included and what is not. This should highlight the more obvious details – date, time and number of guests as well as a breakdown of charges for food, drinks, corkage, staff, delivery, travel expenses, equipment hire, service charges, etc. Read through everything carefully several times to ensure that no services are duplicated or not included, as this will impact your total event cost.
At Clicknplan we can put you intouch with experienced and professional caterers who are able to accommodate your needs and willing to work with you to make your day very special – and tasty.