Post # 1
Just remembered that we are meeting with out first caterer in the morning, and I have no idea what to ask! I have a book on it at home but won’t be home until 9pm tonight. Thought I’d ask the hive! It’s super early in our planning but we just want to get a sense of cost, and what all caterers DO. Thought I’d ask the hive! Any good suggestions to ask a caterer other than “How does this all work?” “Is your food tasty?” and “Are you gonna screw us over in price?”
Post # 3
Check out herecomestheguide.com. It is a California wedding resource, but they have an AWESOME list of questions to ask your caterer. It is really comprehensive and covers everything you need to know. I used this list for all of our catering meetings to make sure that I had the same information for each caterer – and could then do an apples-to-apples comparison when it came time to make a decision.
Post # 4
We asked questions like:
- Do you serve the champagne
- Do you cut and serve the cake (set it on the tables or walk around with it?)
- Is your food made fresh, how much is pre-packed/frozen.
- Does the final bill include things like set up/gratuity/etc.
- How do you decorate/display your food
- What kind of dishes do they supply (if your venue doesn’t)
- Will they service the tables? (remove dirty plates, fill water glasses, etc)
- Will they set out the napkins, etc on the day of?
In the end we really just booked our caterer off of reputation even though they were a dollar or two more expensive than the other caterers. We are really glad we did this.
Post # 5
@septcabride: awesome! i found it! http://www.herecomestheguide.com/images/main/QACaterer.pdf
thanks so much, i’m gonna procrastinate at work with this now….
Post # 6
One tip – because there are a ton of questions – I tried to fill in as many answers as I already knew as possible before the meeting (i.e. knew from phone conversations, proposals, info on their website, etc.). That helped cut down on time that I pored over my list at the meeting.
I felt like a pain at points, because I had so many questions, but it was so WORTH IT when the time came to make a catering decision…
Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
Post # 7
My advice is to get EVERYTHING in writing, on the contract! I had to pay extra for cloth napkins!! Wouldn’t you expect that to be included for a buffet?! I was appalled!