So you’ve finally found the perfect venue, and now it’s time to choose a catering vendor. Referrals can go a long way toward helping you make the right choice.
The caterer you choose can make the difference between delight and disaster on the part of your guests. They’ll arrive at your event with high expectations that your food and beverage choices will be of the same high quality as the other elements you’ve chosen for your wedding. So when choosing your caterer, be sure to seek the advice of others. Soliciting recommendations from your venue, friends and family will help point you in the right direction.
Naturally, there are some venues such as hotels, resorts and country clubs that already offer full-service catering onsite, so in that case, your decision will be easy. But many venues that do not offer their own catering services do maintain a list of recommended catering vendors that they’ve had a good working relationship with in the past. The reason is simple. Even though the catering may be provided by an outside company, the quality of the catering reflects back on the venue itself because guests will automatically assume that the venue provided all of the food and beverage services. So it’s in the venue’s best interest to recommend caterers that have a proven track record of success.
There are many advantages to working with a caterer your vendor recommends. It means that they know that the vendor will show up on time, maintain high standards for cleanliness, and prepare and serve food of high quality. From past experience, the representatives from your venue will also have confidence that the presentation of the cuisine will be excellent. They will also know that this particular caterer will arrive with enough staff to ensure that your guests will be served promptly, efficiently and professionally.
Keep in mind that depending on the venue, you may not necessarily be limited to choosing one of the catering vendors they recommend. If you already have a favorite caterer, or have had one strongly recommended to you by a friend or family member, make your wishes known to your venue that you want to use that particular caterer.
Remember, your caterer will have a big impact on your guests’ enjoyment, so don’t feel like you have to make this big decision alone. Excellent recommendations are yours for the asking.
Speaking of recommending caterers— the above samplings are from our favorite caterers! Being in the wedding industry you get to try a lot of delicious food! You can take our word for it—these caterers are top notch!
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