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8 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Caterer

Updated: Mar 13

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. When it comes to planning, you want everything to be perfect. Which means, making sure your guests are happy and comfortable throughout your wedding celebration. A caterer can help you ensure that this happens! To get the best out of your caterer, you need to ask questions about the service they provide:

1. WHAT IS YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE MINIMUM?

This is usually the lowest dollar amount that you will have to spend in order to use their catering services.

The food and beverage minimum often varies from caterer to caterer, so it's important for you to know before booking them.


2. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE CATERING SERVICE?

The next thing you'll want to ask your caterer is what is included in the catering service. For example: Does your caterer provide linens, plates, utensils, or glassware? It's important to know upfront what all that the caterer provides so you know what you would have to outsource.


3. HAVE YOU WORKED AN EVENT AT THIS VENUE?

Having a caterer who has handled catering at your venue before is always preferable. If not, are they experienced with working at other venues of similar size and function?


4. WILL DINNER BE SERVED IN BUFFET, FAMILY STYLE OR PLATED DINNER?

When deciding your dinner service , it's important to check and see if a caterer can accommodate that option. It's also important to weigh the pros and cons of each selection before finalizing your decision.


5. DO YOU HAVE ALTERNATIVE FOOD OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN?

If kids will be in attendance at your reception, ask your caterer if they provide alternative food options for them. If so, is there an additional charge? Most caterers will offer a kids menu with age appropriate choices to satisfy the little ones.


6. CAN YOU ACCOMODATE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS?

If you know your guests have certain dietary restrictions such as gluten free, kosher, vegan or vegetarian it's important to choose a caterer that can accommodate. It’s important to make sure that they can enjoy the same great experiences at your wedding as everyone else.


7. DO YOU CHARGE A CAKE CUTTING FEE?

Cake cutting fees are charged by some caterers, but not all. This fee is typically charged per slice and often includes cutting and serving the cake.


8. WHEN DO YOU REQUIRE THE FINAL GUEST COUNT?

Caterers will have you submit a guest list that includes all of your invited guests along with their meal preference. The final guest count is one of the most important pieces of information for your caterer to have. They will use this information to determine how many servers and chefs to hire and most importantly, how much food and drinks to prepare.

The most important thing to remember while choosing a wedding caterer is that they will be a part of your day and you need them to understand exactly what it is you want and need. Asking questions is the best way to make sure you find the right wedding caterer for your event!

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