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It might not be the most interesting step in your wedding planning and organization but finding the best caterer for your needs is still one of the most important steps that you have to tend to before the big day. Therefore, you have to dedicate a good bit of your time in order to find the best possible catering service. Check out the following tips that can help you make your final decision.
Interest in your big day
When you start interviewing different catering services, this is the first thing you should pay attention to. Person you’re talking to should ask more questions than you. They should be interested in every single detail of your wedding day and willing to talk you through all the possibilities and options that they offer in regards to your own interests. Also, a truly responsive catering service will provide you with immediate ideas on how their menu can be changed and adjusted to your particular needs.
The best caterers allow their potential customers to taste their food before making the decision to hire them. This is essential – you don’t want to have food on your wedding day without knowing how it tastes like. In that respect, catering services that don’t offer or bluntly refuse a tasting option are probably not the best choice for such an important event in your life.
Another thing that can determine your catering choice is the service’s experience and familiarity with your wedding venue. Once you have the venue booked, you can ask the staff there about the previous catering services that proved to be very efficient and professional. This is a great way to reduce time on catering search.
Ask for reference
If you want to confirm that certain catering service is good enough for your wedding, ask for references so that you can make some inquires on your own. Those who are confident and proud of their work will readily provide you with some. Moreover, you can also try word-of-mouth recommendation, especially if you’ve been on someone else’s wedding and absolutely loved the menu.
Flexibility with the arrangements
One of the sure ways to determine whether a certain catering service is right for you is simply by stating what you expect from them right away. Those who are at the top of the game should be able to provide you with any menu and service that you’d like, be it high tea catering or themed menu. That’s why it would be best to have your own idea, no matter how faint, about what you’d actually like to have served at your wedding and in what style.
Willingness to work with you
If you’re already satisfied about everything that a certain catering service has to offer, their experience, menu and food taste, that’s fine and you can leave it at that. But, if you’re very picky and particular about the way the menu should look, make sure to reach out to caterers who are willing to work side by side with you and provide you with many different variations that would help you find the perfect one.
Basically, you don’t need to deal with someone who’s unprofessional, inflexible and completely disinterested in what you have to say and your own desires regarding the menu. Caterers are there to make your big day even better and not give you headaches and reasons to worry in the midst of all other wedding preparations. In that respect, try your best to start your search well ahead, so that you don’t have to rush things up and stress over it.