(Closed) Deciding between caterers: How important is food presentation and taste?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
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  • Post # 2
    9437 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Good food is a must! If it’s in your budget I would go with the more expensive caterer with better food. Find somewhere else to save money.

    Post # 3
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee

    The food is pretty much the only thing that guests will really remember about a wedding (and no one is excited about the usual rubber chicken and dusty steak) so I would go for “extremely delicious” rather than “pretty good.” Only you can decide if it’s $5,000 well spent, though.

    Post # 4
    8674 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2016

    Can you perhaps find a third company that is somewhere in the middle?

    Post # 5
    244 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016 - Our Backyard

    I agree with pp. I would much rather have good food with limited selection than lots of choices that all taste “ok”. Good food will put your guests in a good mood. 

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    Post # 6
    8015 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    My SO and I would cut from a lot of other places to ensure we served excellent food, but food is a major priority for us in our everyday lives.

    I’m also more of a savory (I love appetizers) vs sweet eater and often skip the cake or dessert at weddings–we’ll likely serve some sweets and a cheese course and skip a cake at ours. (I do always enjoy a little box of truffles as a favor to eat on the way home, though.)

    Post # 7
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee

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    nyannyannyan:  I would go with the more expensive option. Food is something people really will remember… my family still talks about how bad the food was at my cousin’s wedding 9 years ago (which I think they need to get over, but there you have it). Unfortunately, people won’t remember what you did right, unless you had something spectacular they’ve never seen before, but they will remember what went wrong.

    Post # 8
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Company Y. Food is always the most important IMO. 

    Post # 10
    1781 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Something I’ve learned, from both my wedding, and being a guest at other people’s weddings: guests really don’t care about decor, if everything matches, fancy programs, or fancy invitations. They care about the food, the alcohol, and the DJ (and they mostly only notice if the DJ is bad). Every guest at our wedding talked about how much they loved the food. A handful mentioned the decorations. And thinking back to weddings I’ve attended, I couldn’t tell you about anything except the food, and the DJ. Cut back on the stuff no one will notice, spend money on food. A guest that’s had a great meal and a drink or two is a happy guest.

    Post # 11
    2050 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2016

    At a wedding I’m not overly bothered by presentation but a must is portion size and taste. So I’ve been to a wedding and the taste and portion size was great but the presentation was just OK but we went to a wedding at a 5* hotel and we got like one piece of potato in a stupid shape and a small piece of meat – we had to find other food later. Although I’ve been to a wedding where the soup looked like something that would come out of your nose when you’re ill so maybe presentation does count a bit.

    Post # 12
    4113 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Company Y seems like the obvious choice to me, price be damned. A lot of people seem to cheap out on food and its an odd move.. Guests always remember if the food was bad.



    Post # 13
    9321 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    nyannyannyan:  I would go with the better food and spend more money. You either want the guests to forget the food or remember it fondly – you don’t want them remembering “yea..ew that was gross” which has happened to me before!

    Post # 15
    6302 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    nyannyannyan:  Food was really important to us at our wedding. I’ll admit that I had super high expectations, because being a wedding photographer means I’ve eaten A LOT of wedding food over my last 8+ years in the industry. There seems to be this stigma that there is no such thing as good wedding food – and that’s not the case! It’s not impossible to have great wedding food – but you have to do your research and it’s going to cost money! I personally would go with better food.

    To me, taste outwieighed every aspect, including presentation. Now I wouldn’t have been happy with a crappy presentation but having an over the top presentation was not priority. I can always remember who had good food. One of our friends got married and while they DIYed a lot, their food was soo good. Her ILs own a grocery store, and they ordered all the food and supplies and have some of their friends who are chefs from a few local restaurants all come together to cater. Some of the best wedding food I’ve had – and because they all had cater experience they knew exactly how to pull it off.

    I distinctly remember one wedding I photographed, that had the most terrible food. They did all pasta, which would normally be a positive. The downside was the it wasn’t very good, and they gave tiny portions. It was pretty clear that they were concerned about running out (which they did) and I watched them turn down guests requesting a second helping. I personally as the bride would have been mortified. That wedding stuck with me for years as “the wedding with terrible food”. Unfortunately it wasn’t the only one like it over the years. It was SO important to me that our guests left full and happy that my caterers knew, having plenty of food was imperative. 

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