(Closed) Meeting with caterers–what to ask/look for?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 4
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

First of all, with your caterer, are you needing other supplies? Meaning plates, napkins, utensils, glassware, etc? If so, you need costs for those as well.

Do you need serveware? If so, find out if it’s included.

Staff – make sure to ask for staff charges and their estimates on hours needed, etc. Ask if there will be an event supervisor on site, and their experience.

Make sure ALL taxes and gratuity is included in their estimates. Ask about other hidden charges, i.e. delivery, set-up, tear-down, garnishes for bar (if applicable), water charges, coffee, non-alcoholic beverages, ice charges etc.  (Yes, some caterers charge for ice!)

Also, find out if they’ve catered at the venue that your wedding is at. Find out their experiences, etc.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would see which you get the best vibe from.  Ask about experience – esp in your venue.  Ask about vendors they can recommend.  I noticed that we LOVED all the vendors our caterer recommended.  Those vendors also had amazing things to say back about the caterer – it just solidified our decision all around. 

Make sure they can hire good wait staff if needed.  Ask about supplying your own alcohol if possible, tastings (when, how many & with who).  Ask about corking fees & cutting (the cake) fees.  Ours has neither and it is saving us TONS!!!

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