Crazy for Catering. What to do when it’s time to eat.
Catering is one of the most important, and most expensive, vendors you will work with. There is nothing less frustrating to couple on their wedding day than hearing about how the caterer has made a mess of the meal. Here are some tips to make the most out of your catering experience, as well as to ensure you know who you are working with.
There is catering, and there is catering.
You know what I mean. The generic stuff everyone gets when they want to save a few bucks, and then the catering. The kind people talk about for years after your wedding has come and gone. These kind of catering companies don’t just fall from the sky, you need to know where to look and who to ask. Good thing you ended up on lovekissbloom, we know all about the best of the best. Staffordshire Catering is your best bet if you are in the United Kingdom. They are, the best. You can find their contact information on their website here. They do many different types of events but weddings are their signature. Their motto is ‘A Taste of Excellence” and it’s fitting.
But what do I ask when it comes time to talk price?
When you are ordering food for a wedding you need to know what the going rate is in your region. This is where calling around as well as asking friends and family what they paid. Pricing varies greatly from region to region and I’ve seen disparity from $10-$60 per plate, depending on the part of the world. Keep in mind the living wage as well as cost of living can be a huge determining factor when discussing pricing. Your best bet is still the ‘calling around and asking method’.
I have some guests that may or may not come, do I still have to pay?
This is a classic question, of course it’s a reasonable one, most people only deal with catering for their own wedding so they are not necessarily aware of the rules and customs. The answer is yes. You must pay for your plate if your guest does not show up to eat it. Think of it this way, the food is prepared and ready for a set number of guests. Just because uncle Jim didn’t make it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be paid for. This is why it’s so important to make sure your guests RSVP. I can’t stress it enough, know who is coming and set firm deadlines!
What about guests with allergies, gluten-free, etc?
Most catering companies have been in the food industry long enough to see trends and fads come and go. Of course, as businesses, they are able to adapt and deliver what the customer is asking for, less they risk losing that customer. All catering companies should be willing to customize dishes to suit and of your dietary needs. Just make sure you bring it up during the consultation.
Word of mouth is still king.
That’s it. Ask your friends and families. Look at trusted sources online (lovekissbloom.ca is just one of many.) You can never do too much research, that’s for sure. I know if you are getting married in Staffordshire or the surrounding areas it’s in your best interests, and your guests, to get in touch with Staffordshire Catering. They really make a great impression on all of the brides I have worked with over the years, and they always deliver top quality food.