(Closed) What made you choose your caterer?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

I havent chosen mine yet but I think I have one I like best. I chose based on website layout (because the nicer looking the site the more professional they seem to me), food choices, and price. Mostly the first two. I know this answer won’t help much but at least it gives you a bump up on the food board so more people will see the question 🙂

Post # 3
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Barklarich:  I chose mine on food quality, reviews, and price. Sometimes wedding food can be so gross. The fact that the cheapest caterer had the best food was just a major bonus for us! They also had excellent reviews. 

Post # 4
2110 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We had to cater through our venue. Everyone who i know who has eaten thier foos says its great though so i am not to worried. 

Post # 5
4712 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

They offer surf and turf!  Oh, and they are part of our venue.

Post # 6
10392 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

The food and service was important to us so we did tastings at the places we had not  attended recently as guests. Word of mouth and reputation were a factor, including the reputation of the head chef. We wanted to know if there were any major changes in catering staff or event manager anticipated. Sales staff can come and go, which is  less of an issue, IMO, but we were fortunate to have people who worked with us from beginning to end. 

We also asked about wait staff and their training. We liked caterers who could provide a higher ratio of wait staff to tables and who could discuss what sets their staff apart. So many caterers  hire cheap, inexperienced waiters and it shows. This is not always a question of getting what you pay for. I’ve been to expensive affairs that had lousy service and mediocre food and vice versa. 

Post # 7
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had a semi-destination wedding (2 hours away), and our venue required that all caterers be self-sufficient.. absolutely no use of their kitchens whatsoever – they’re not exclusively a wedding venue so they’ve learned the hard way over the years what works and what doesn’t. It’s also in the middle of nowhere, so that basically left us with trucks and carts. I googled to see who has traveled to that area before because we didn’t want anyone getting lost and we ended up with the best taco cart ever! Our vibe and atmosphere was very casual and laid back so it worked out perfectly.

Post # 8
6586 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Barklarich:  I live in a resort area, almost all of our wedding venues are JUST venues – so catering is through an outside company. We really don’t have any caterers who are just event caterers, it’s almost entirely local restaurants who offer event catering. I’m a wedding photographer, so to say I eat a lot of event food is an understatement.

It was a no-brainer for us. We went with our favorite restaurant (also a wedding caterer) that we love and eat at all the time. They offered all the kinds of food we wanted, and were open to totally customizing what we wanted vs making us choose from a list.


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