Hiring a catering company is a fairly important decision, almost as important as choosing the wedding venue and reception venue. A lot goes into making the final decision, so here are some tips to help you find the best wedding catering company for your big day:
Tip #1: Ask the wedding venue — Most wedding venues have a good relationship with one or two catering companies, or they can offer you their own in-house catering. You may get a special price if your Melbourne wedding venue recommends you to the catering company they usually work with.
Tip #2: Ask your friends and family — Know anyone who has gotten married recently? Ask them what catering company they used, and if they were satisfied with the service. Don’t limit yourself to recent weddings either, but find out if any of your friends and family have attended a catered event. If the meal was good, it may be worth looking into the company that provided it. Ask around, and you may get some great feedbacl.
Tip #3: Look at your budget FIRST — Before you can hire a caterer, you need to know how many people you’re going to be feeding, as well as how much you can afford to spend on the meal. Plan out your budget first, and then look into catering. Many caterers will simplify their meals if they know how much they have to work with.
Tip #4: Know what you want before you put down the deposit — Before you make the final decision about the catering company, make sure that you’ve exhausted all of your options. You’re going to have to put up to 50% down to contract the caterer, and that’s a hefty amount of money to lose. Make sure you’re tried every catering option before you make the big decision.
Tip #5: Taste the food first — The whole point of finding a good catering company is to find good that you enjoy, so sit down and enjoy a meal yourself. Hit up the restaurant or caterer you’re considering using, and have them prepare a meal for you so you can see what their service is like.
Tip #6: Talk about special needs — Do you need vegetarian or fish dishes? Will members of your family be unable to eat foods containing gluten, peanuts, shellfish, or other allergens? Make sure that your caterer is very aware of any special needs well before the wedding, as that gives them time to make a proper menu.
Tip #7: Don’t forget the vendor meals — You’re probably going to end up feeding the photographer, DJ, and other vendors providing services at the wedding, so talk to the caterer to see what they can offer. The good news is that the vendor meals are usually cheaper.
These tips will help you to find a caterer that prepares delicious food, as well as one that has a good reputation. Red Scooter is known for both, so come on down to our Melbourne offices and see what our wedding venue and catering services can do for your day.