Post # 1
We visited a caterer the other day, and unlike other caterers we’d visited, he had extensive experience catering at our venue. I hadn’t really considered the importance of this before. Have you chosen a vendor because they were familiar with your venue? How valuable was this in making the evening go smoothly?
Post # 3
I am using a caterer based on the fact that she knows the venue. The kitchen there isn’t huge but she has worked there a lot. She is highly recommended by all my vendors and a few personal friends so hopefully we’ll be able to work together. We haven’t had our first sit down yet so I don’t know how helpful this will be in the end but I’m hoping for the best!
Post # 4
I think it is extremely important to try and go with vendors who are familiar with your venue. The venue might have strict set up times, rules, etc and its best if the people working know what they are doing. Id ask your venue for a list of recommended vendors for other vendors as well.
Post # 5
Our venue has a list of approved caterers, so our caterer does at least one wedding a month there I bet!
Post # 6
It might be valuable. My caterer had not used my venue before, but I needed a caterer who could do an all-veg lunch. So we picked the caterer over the ones suggested by the venue. It was fine in my case, but it was also more casual than your wedding might be.
If you’re suddenly concerned about this, in addition to seeing what other posters can tell you, ask the caterer why they feel like this is an asset. You can see if you find their selling points important or at least use these to evaluate your other potential caterers.
I would think that unless the food is prepared on-site or there is something really tricky with the venue set-up, it wouldn’t matter much.
Post # 7
our caterer is the preferred caterer at the venue – i was nervous about this at first but the caterer does have amazing food so i am thinking it is a plus that they know all about our venue as to what works and what does not.
Post # 8
We chose a caterer who happened to be very familiar with our venue (we didn’t do it on purpose) but it has come in handy. She’s been able to answer many of our questions and create a rain back up plan because of her experience. I talk to her more than the staff at the venue!
Post # 9
Our venue has a list of approved caterers that we must select from. The reasons we were given were that they have the most experience working at the venue and so they will not be as likely to break things (our venue is a historial estate with real antiques in it) and things will also run more smoothly with people who have a lot of experience working there. At first, we were going to try to pull in a caterer outside of the list thinking that would save us money, but then we thought what he said made sense so we are picking one from the list.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
My caterer is the only restaurant onsite at our winery. I chose them b/c of this and b/c there food is AWESOME!
Post # 11
We have a list of caterers that we can use. So, they’ve done the venue before, but not a ton since they’re a new addition to the list. They’re the best in the area though, so we’re going with them.
Post # 12
Yes – mine was the preferred caterer for our venue which was extremely important. Marvimon was such a unique space that a newbie would have probably been a nightmare for us.
Post # 13
@MrsLeopard…I am so jealous of Marvimon. It’s so cool!