There are a lot of decisions for you to make in reference to your wedding. But by far the biggest decision you will be making is what caterer will be preparing your food. Your food and drink will consume more of your wedding budget that any other portion of your wedding. So, as you can see, this is a very important decision. Not only do you want to make sure that everything tastes great, you also want the right menu choices for your guests and a catering staff that will be efficient and courteous. As you can see, there are a few different moving parts to be aware of and when you talk to potential caterers, there are issues that you will want to get them to comment on to ensure that you are getting the right fit for what you want at your wedding reception. You can best get feedback on these issues by asking your candidates specific questions about all aspects of your catering needs. Below is a list of questions that you can refer to as you conduct your search.
Find a few candidates by searching online for “highly rated wedding caterers in the Corpus Christi area.” Contact the ones that look promising and find out if they would be available to work your wedding on the date you have chosen. If they are, arrange an interview. You definitely want to talk about how much experience they have catering weddings. How many weddings do they cater on average per month? Are they licensed by the state? Do they have a liquor license? There is no substitute for obtaining references. But they will do you little good if you just let them stay in your pocket. Make sure that you talk with each one about the performance of the caterer you are considering. If something minor comes up in conversation, that shouldn't necessarily preclude them from catering your wedding but for anything that is revealed that you see as a problem, there are too many good caterers out there to take a chance. Be upfront about your budget and have an honest discussion about what can be done based on what your budget is. Have each candidate give you a list of things they will provide and what the bottom line cost is going to be. You don't want to be hit with any hidden fees at the end of your conversation or later on. Find out what they will require in order to reserve their services.
Have they worked at your chose venue before? This can be a real advantage. Now it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. Take a look at some sample menus they have offered previous clients. Are you able to customize a menu or are they pretty much set in stone. What if you wanted to introduce an old family recipe for a side dish or a dessert? Would they be able to accommodate you? Find out if they specialize in a certain cuisine. Does this sound inviting to you and something you might like to use for your wedding? What about some of your guests that might have dietary restrictions? Do they have items they might be able to prepare for the vegetarian lifestyle or someone who has a certain allergy? What about a children's menu?
One thing a lot of people don't think about when they consider a caterer is who will be providing the table cloths, linens, dishware, silverware, place settings and more. This is important to nail down because you need to know if you have to approach a rental establishment or if the venue itself can provide these items. What about staffing considerations? Find out what the staff member to guest ratio will be and determine whether it is to your liking. The last thing you want to see is 200 guests ready to be served and 3 staff members from the catering company. Can you hire additional staff? How much would that cost? Will they feed your other vendors? When all interviews are concluded, it is time to do a comparison. One candidate should emerge as you analyze all of the information you have gathered. Remember, whoever you choose, get all the details in writing.