(Closed) What in the world to ask caterer?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We asked questions like:

  1. Do you serve the champagne
  2. Do you cut and serve the cake (set it on the tables or walk around with it?)
  3. Is your food made fresh, how much is pre-packed/frozen.
  4. Does the final bill include things like set up/gratuity/etc.
  5. How do you decorate/display your food
  6. What kind of dishes do they supply (if your venue doesn’t)
  7. Will they service the tables?  (remove dirty plates, fill water glasses, etc)
  8. 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 # 6
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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!

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