By Laura, Jan 13 2017 02:33AM
You should ensure that you only select the best caterer available within your budget. Statistics, based on research conducted on the third quarter of 2011 reveals that couples are spending an approximately $36,200 on weddings and that spend a major part of that sum on caterers.
Tips on selecting a caterer
Although you have a wide range of caterers to select from, you should ensure that they have the culinary knowledge required to prepare outstanding party food to make the special day memorable for your guests. The three basics that you should check for are experience, understanding, as well as ability.
Experience: Make sure that the caterer you choose has been in the field for a long time and has had catered for different types of events. The professional should be able to handle any problems professionally, as well have the foresight to detect them before they occur. A professional will use his experience to determine the approximate amount of food required depending on your invitee list, and prepare a bit more in case someone has more than normal diet.
Understanding: Creativity along with understanding the needs of the client and having the ability to fulfill them differentiates a professional from a novice. This ensures that they make the event a mega success by creating dishes, including finger food that is quite popular nowadays. Remember, preparing dishes for a wedding is a different ball game than preparing birthday party food.
Ability: Do not let the outlandish claims made by caterers on their websites and brochures mislead you. You should ensure that they deliver what they promise. If required request them to provide you with samples of their dishes and taste it yourself as well as by the members of your family to ensure that they are able to deliver the goods.
You can save money by ensuring that the culinary specialist you plan to hire specializes in event management too. Why spend more by hiring someone else for this job if the caterer can handle it? They might charge more but this works out cheaper than hiring another company for event management. More often than not, caterers have tie ups with other professionals and will hand over those job to other specialists, earn a commission, and share a percentage of that with you. Therefore, you can depend on this professional to arrange for floral decorations, DJs, photographers, videographers, rubbish removal, and much more.
Keep your eyes open and read the fine print thoroughly before hiring such a professional. On many occasions, they will offer a ridiculously low quote to secure the job, but charge extra for staff, transportation to and from the wedding venue, utensils required to prepare the food and serve it. On most occasions, they include these extras in fine print at the bottom of their quote, but most people, in their hurry to book a caterer at such low costs overlook these details. Ask the caterer to quote the exact sum, and mention that in their estimate. This prevents them from hoodwinking you. You might have to pay more for hiring a reputable caterer who specializes in preparing all types of food including party food and finger food, but you will not have to bother about paying inflated bills at the end of the day.
Wedding catering is an extremely competitive business and many companies often agree to slash their charges if you negotiate with them. You should stay away from them because you can rest assured that they will end up ruining your event. Professionals charge more but they have set standards and will always abide by them. They will ensure that they clean the place once the event is over and include the costs for this task along with their estimate. They will visit the venue before the event to inspect it and figure how to layout the tables so that your guests do not face any problem moving from one part of the venue to the other.
You should also check if the caterer has a valid license required to cater in your city. Apart from this, you should also check if they are covered by third party insurance. This ensures that you will not have to foot the bill if they damage the property where the event will be held, or if any of your guests is injured, directly or indirectly, due to the fault of the catering company. Make sure you confirm the payment and deduction details before hiring the caterer. They will charge an advance and will deduct money from that in case you cancel the event. Also, confirm whether they accept payment through credit cards as this can help you earn credit points. Due diligence from your end and a bit of research from your end goes a long way in ensuring that your guests savor the dishes and remember the event for a long time, without denting your bank balance.