One of the key decisions you will make in the wedding planning process is your choice in catering. Guests may not always remember the floral arrangements or the party favors, but everyone remembers the food and drink. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when deciding what caterer to go with for your big day:
The ABC’s of Choosing a Wedding Caterer
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BUDGET: Before you begin your catering search, you must have your budget in place. It is counterproductive to waste time interviewing caterers if you are not certain how much you want to spend. By providing prospective caterers with your budget, they will be able to tailor their proposal to meet your needs.
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SOLICIT MULTIPLE PROPOSALS: Although it can be tempting to hire the first caterer that you interview just to get it out of the way, savvy wedding planners understand the importance of comparing multiple proposals. As an added bonus, it is a lot of fun to do the menu tastings along the way.
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THEME: Once you have the theme decided for your wedding, you can start filling in all of the details. Having a loose theme will serve as a guide as you begin to choose all of your vendors. Clearly, a black tie affair warrants a more formal dining menu, while a more casual wedding gives the bride and groom more flexibility. Whatever you decide for your theme, the Research Triangle area boasts a variety of choices for every personal taste and preference. If you are going with a more casual wedding reflective of the cultural vibe of the area, there is no better choice than City Barbeque. With convenient locations in Raleigh and Durham, this regional establishment has been serving delicious Carolina BBQ for years. Whether you choose City Barbeque for your wedding reception, the rehearsal dinner, or just a casual get-together, your guests will be delighted with the made-from-scratch BBQ and all the accompanying sides. The full-service caterer is there to assist you every step of the planning process through the event, providing all the supplies you could ever need to pull off the perfect BBQ party.
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GET THE DETAILS: The tendency is to only focus on the food when interviewing caterers, however, it is also important to ask the less exciting questions. Be sure to get quotes for linens and dinnerware in the estimate if you will be needing those from your caterer.
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COMMUNICATION IS KEY: Throughout the interview process, it is imperative to focus on the communication habits of prospective caterers. If you are having problems getting answers right away or if the organization seems lacking, these are generally red flags that you might have issues down the road. Although it is important to choose a caterer that fits all of your budget and food requirements, it is also important that you find one that is easy to communicate with frequently.
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The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun with this process.