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When it comes to your wedding budget, there's a good chance that the biggest expense you'll have is the catering. Because most catering companies charge per person for food and drinks at a wedding reception, those costs can add up rather quickly--especially if you plan on having an open bar or several courses served. Before you book just any catering company for your wedding, then, it's important to make sure that you're getting the best value for your money. Specifically, there are a few questions you'll want to ask before you sign a contract.
Is a Meal Tasting Included?
Never assume that a meal sampling is included with your costs; a lot of times, you will be invited to sample some of the caterer's most popular dishes at no cost, but some companies may charge per person. Other companies may invite you and your fiance for a complimentary tasting but charge per person for any additional guests.
How Long Will Service Take?
More than likely, you've rented your reception venue for a set period of time. You probably don't want dinner service to take too long because you want to make sure there's plenty of time for dancing and mingling. Ask your caterer how long their typical dinner service takes (this can vary based on whether it's a buffet or plated meal) and see how that will fit in with your reception plans.
Are You Familiar With the Venue?
This shouldn't necessarily be a deal-breaker, but finding a caterer that's familiar with your reception venue and has worked there before can give you added peace of mind and work to your advantage. After all, they will have had worked in the venue's kitchen (if applicable) and will be familiar with the layout.
Do You Offer Vendor/Child Rates?
Many catering companies offer discounted rates for feeding children and vendors at your reception. Be sure to ask your caterer if they offer these rates; even a few bucks cheaper per child or vendor can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings on your catering bill.
Can You Provide a Vegetarian/Vegan Dish?
Even if you don't think there are any vegetarians or vegans in your guest list, it's recommended that you provide the option of a vegetarian or vegan dish. Ask your caterer if they can provide some kind of noodle or other non-meat/dairy dish to your guests who request it, even if it's not part of your advertised entree options.
For further assistance, contact a local provider, such as Bassett Caterers.