WHAT IS ON OFFER…
If catering is an option offered by the reception venue, then the process is fairly simple. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have to check the contents and quality of the menu; make sure the final decision on what is included in the menu is yours.
Choosing great and reliable catering might be a time-consuming process but is also quite fun, since you will get the chance to try a fair number of dishes so that you compare and decide on flavours that in your opinion are a good fit to the flavour needs of your guests.
Popularity and reputation are considered the most important ingredients for settling on a catering company, but you should definitely form your own personal opinions as well. Visit a few of the caterers that have a good reputation and compare in-detail what is offered.
The personal visits will also allow you to discuss and decide on the menu, the waiting staff and any other services you might want; it goes without saying that it will allow you to scrutinise closely the what is offered by each company in terms of quality.
In your meetings with the professionals, make sure you go prepared with your ideas; since you have the first and final say on the catering, stating some guidelines for the experts to follow will help them prepare the service you always dreamt off. On the other hand, pay attention to the caterer’s suggestions since they might provide invaluable advice and suggestions for changes. They have catered for dozens of weddings after all.
The form the reception venue will take (e.g. open reception for all guests as a cocktail party) will affect what you are looking to attain from the catering as well, so it’s a priority to decide.
Discuss and reach an agreement with the experts on all the details that have to do with the type of menu, quantities, service, and of course the prices, and ask for a quote in writing.