Important questions you need to ask your wedding caterer

: If you want to get the right wedding catering services, it is essential to ask the right questions to ensure the caterer meets your needs. Catering is one of the biggest expenses during your wedding. It is therefore important to hire the right provider.

The caterer will prepare delicious food, serve the best drinks and also supply tableware rentals. They will also set the reception tables and ensure everything is kept to a tight timeline to ensure the wedding goes on without a hitch.

Once you have narrowed down your list of caterers, you should ask the following questions to ensure you work with the right caterer.

  1. Do you have liability insurance and a license?

It is important to ensure that the caterer you want to hire has the right license. This means that they should meet local health department standards. Make sure they also have liability insurance in case something awry.

  • Are you licensed to serve alcohol?

A lot of caterers will provide alcohol services in addition to the food. If you want to serve alcohol at the wedding then it is important to ensure that the caterer you are hiring is licensed to serve alcohol. A license allows them to serve alcohol off-site at the venue of your wedding. This is an important question you need to ask your caterer if you want a wedding at a non-licensed location such as a beachfront estate or a rustic barn.

  • What meal service styles do you offer?

Most caterers offer a wide range of meal service styles. However, if you already have your heart set on one style, it is important to make sure that the wedding catering company can accommodate your needs.

  • Can you accommodate special requests?

Most caterers are happy to accommodate your special needs and requests, dietary restrictions, and allergies. However, these alterations might come at additional cost and you need to be prepared for that. You should, therefore, ask your caterer ahead of time what the extra fees are before hiring and factor the costs into your budget.

  • Do you provide wedding cakes?

Some wedding caterers have a talented team of bakers that can create a delicious and beautiful wedding cake. Others offer a dessert menu, but not all types of wedding cakes. You should therefore ask your caterer if he or she can create your wedding cake. If they can offer wedding cakes, you should ask them to see their portfolio for wedding cakes. If you like their cakes, you should include a cake tasting when you schedule your menu tasting. However, if you are not impressed with their cakes, you should organize your cake separately from your caterer.

  • How do you charge for beverages?

When hiring wedding catering service provider, you should know the cost of beverages. Alcoholic beverages are more expensive than non-alcoholic beverages and there are several ways to pay for this.

Take your time, create a shortlist, and choose the wedding caterer that best fits your needs.

Written by Lorna Mates