Hello friends! Can you believe fall is almost here? The weather is feeling crisp, and football is around the corner! For the next several weeks we are going to be chatting about all the things wedding vendors! A great wedding vendor team is a core piece of the puzzle we help clients secure and we want to share some of our wisdom with you!

Today, I want to share with you some things to look for in your future caterer. Great food and drinks are the center of a great reception so we want to be sure you are armed with the right things to ask. You want to be sure your caterer has a business license, liquor and liability insurance. Having these key documents will be critical in securing your caterer as some venues will require them but also for liability purposes for you. In your initial meeting, you will want to discuss menu options and ideas, serve-ware options, & staffing & set up/rental needs. It is also important to ask if there are any restrictions on how long food can be on a buffet for, do they have bartenders they can provide and can you bring your own alcohol or does the caterer have to provide?

Another point we want to be sure you are aware of is that some things are not typically automatically included in catering proposals that you may want. A cake cutting fee is typically additional for the caterer to cut and serve your wedding cake, coffee service for guests is typically an add on service as well as pouring for a passed champagne toast. Be sure you ask your caterer about these services if you are interested.

Asking these questions will allow you to have clear expectations of what your caterer will and will not do–there is a difference between a pick up/drop off caterer who provides no service staff, a traditional caterer who mostly prepares off site and then brings everything to the event to finish and serve, a chef/culinary focused experience where the food experience is very important to less traditional ideas like food trucks. Whatever you choose will be the right fit for your event just be sure you are armed with the right information to be able to compare proposals accurately and make the most educated decisions!

Grab your catering questions checklist to use for your wedding planning here! Remember you don’t have to play 20 (or 50) questions when you meet with your caterer but be sure these questions are either covered in your meeting, proposal and/or contract to ensure the level of service and style you are looking for!