If you’re planning a wedding, one of the first things you’ll want to think about is the food. Along with the dress and venue, the food is one of the most important and memorable aspects of a wedding. Regardless of the type of wedding you’re having, guests will expect food, even if it’s just light appetizers or a dessert bar. Because food is such an important part of a wedding, it’s essential that you find a wedding caterer who will be a good fit for the type of wedding you’ll be hosting. Whether you’re going for a backyard barbecue feel or an elegant sit down dinner, there is a caterer who will fit your tastes and needs. The key is knowing a little bit about the world of wedding catering and finding the right fit for you. Word of Mouth Foods offers wedding catering in Connecticut, and we’d love to help point you in the right direction of the perfect wedding caterer for you.
Finding The Right Wedding Caterer
Know the budget you’re working with.
The first step in finding a caterer is to know your budget. It really is a waste of time to email caterers and inquire about pricing unless you know the amount you’re willing to spend on the food. Some wedding caterers have set prices and some can tailor their menus according to your budget. This is why you’ll want to include your budget in the email you send to caterers so you can determine whether or not someone will fit financially, first.
Determine the date of your wedding.
Before you begin emailing wedding caterers, be sure that you’ve already chosen your wedding date and venue. If you can’t inform the caterer of your wedding date, they won’t know if they’ll be able to work with you or not. Also, having your venue selected before hiring a caterer is important. Some venues will have food and beverage restrictions, and some will include catering with your wedding package. You certainly won’t want to hire a caterer only to find that you can’t use or won’t require their services after you’ve made a deposit.
Pick the type of food you want to serve.
Instead of emailing caterers who all offer different types of food, pick the type of food you’d like to serve first. This will help you to eliminate certain caterers based on food preference and you won’t feel like you have too many options to choose from. You’ll be able to pick between caterers who you know are all similar, but who will work best for you based on price and taste.
Schedule tastings with the top three caterers you’re interested in working with.
The only way you will know whether or not you want to work with a caterer is to taste their food. If you’re planning your wedding during the summer months, just know that some caterers may have limited availability when it comes to offering tasting sessions, but be sure to find a time that will work so you can be certain you like the food. A tasting will also give you a good idea of the type of presentation and service you can expect on the day of your wedding.
Ask about the caterer’s previous experience with wedding catering and read reviews.
You’ll want to ensure that the caterer you choose has catered a wedding before, or at the very least, a large event. If you’re set on choosing a caterer who hasn’t catered a wedding before, know that you are taking a risk in order to be their “guinea pig.” Be sure to read reviews from previous clients to get an idea of how the food, service, and overall experience was with the caterer you’re considering. You can also check to see if the caterer has any of their recent events on social media so you can get a good idea of presentation.
Choosing a wedding caterer is a big decision. Aside from the ceremony, people look forward to enjoying the food that comes with attending a wedding. Don’t let choosing a bad caterer ruin your special day or disappoint your guests. For professional and experienced wedding catering in Connecticut, Word of Mouth Foods can provide you with a menu you’ll love and outstanding service that will ensure your day will go exactly as planned. Call us today to discuss our menus and schedule an appointment.