Choosing your wedding catering vendor is no small decision. After the venue has been selected and your guest list is underway, it is quickly time to determine not only what kind of food your guests will eat, but who will be developing a simply impeccable menu for your wedding.
The menu, including the quality of your food and the presentation of the meal, is one of the most important pieces in a wedding. While your guests will certainly remember the love that you will share and celebrate as a couple, the food can set the mood for the evening.
So, when it comes to selecting a wedding catering vendor, what are the key questions you should ask to determine if this vendor is truly for you? Having been in the business since 2003, we have been part of weddings of all sizes, with a variety of themes.
Here are the questions to ask when selecting a wedding catering vendor.
1. Do you have small print?
At Catering Visions we offer a variety of menu and a la carte options, which form the basis or starting point for more customized solutions. While we are upfront and transparent about our contract and agreements, it is important to ask your wedding catering vendors about their agreements. Is there small print that you should be made aware of? What about charges that happen before, during or after the event? Understand your agreement and your expectations of a vendor.
2. Can menus be adapted?
While your wedding is certainly about you, your guests will appreciate the finer touches. This means that the food menu must be taken into account for each and every one of your guests. Be it vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or otherwise, ensure that your selected vendor can adapt their menus based on guest requirements.
3. Where do your source your food?
One of the most frequent questions we hear is, “where do you source your food, be it locally or from elsewhere?” We pride ourselves on offering high quality cuisine that is delicious and freshly prepared, always seeking to source local ingredients where possible.
4. How long have you been in business?
Working in the wedding industry means we have seen it all, from event planners to entertainment and everything in between. We always encourage our clients to ask questions from their selected vendors, to ensure they feel as comfortable as possible with their decision. An excellent question to ask from your wedding catering vendor is, “how long have you been in business?” Working with a long-standing company can help to ensure their breadth of experiences makes your day one to remember.
5. Can the catering staff adapt their attire to my theme?
If a black tie event is the theme for your big day, you will require your wedding catering staff to dress accordingly. An integral question to ask your selected vendor is if the catering staff can adapt their attire to your theme. Wearing casual khaki pants just won’t do on a big day!
Wedding catering companies are around every corner, so it is important that you choose a vendor who will align with your vision. These five questions above will help you decide who you should partner with for your big day. To learn more about Catering Visions, contact us here.