How soon is too soon to book the caterer?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

As long as your date and venue are set in stone, go for it!  Especially if you would be disappointed if they ended up being booked by someone else while you were waiting.  Just remember to read all the fine print in the contract regarding changes, etc.  I think we booked our caterer about 10 months in advance, but our venue only gave us two to choose from.

Post # 4
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsGinkgo:  I’d go for it! We booked our venue over a year in advance. Things book fast, especially if you’re in a larger city.

Post # 5
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MsGinkgo:  We booked ours a year in advance, as soon as we paid the deposit on the venue. Food was the most important thing to us and I would have been pretty bummed if we couldn’t have our top choice caterer.

Post # 7
1140 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

as soon as you know for sure you want it book it!! otherwise it may not be there later!

Post # 8
6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Definitely book now.

We started looking at about ten months out, and with all the run-around, lack of communication, and general dodginess we have encountered, I am very glad we did. If you find someone who can do what you want, for the price you want, and who actually cares about you and returns your calls, he is worth his weight in gold. Book him before someone else does!

Post # 9
498 posts
Helper bee

I’m putting my check in the mail to book a caterer for my Sept. 1014 wedding today. I’d say go for it!

Post # 10
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If your venues contracts are signed and your date is set then book ASAP or risk losing them to another bride.

Post # 12
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We booked ours 11 months in advance, our second deposit after the venue. And if you’re this confident and have tried out 5 others, definitely go for it!

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