During the interviews with various caterers, it can be easy to forget to ask all of the questions you need to determine which caterer will be best for your wedding reception. To help ensure you cover all your bases, here are some questions that you might forget during the catering interviews.
Will the Caterer Set the Tables?
It might seem that the caterer should be automatically responsible for setting the tables. Caterers who provide the dishware, flatware, and glassware usually set the tables, but this is not always a given. If the caterer is not setting the table, you need to know so that you can take steps to ensure that it is done.
If the caterer is setting the table, find out if there is an additional charge for doing so. You also need to know if the caterer is charging you for renting the dishware and other items necessary. Any additional fees need to be detailed in the estimates provided by the caterers.
Are the Ingredients Locally Sourced?
One of the factors that might play a role in the catering expenses is the source of the ingredients. Some caterers rely on local farmers and food sources to ensure that they are getting higher quality ingredients. As a result, it can take more time and effort to obtain the ingredients. To offset the time spent acquiring locally sourced ingredients, the caterer might charge an additional fee.
If that is the case, you need to find out how much more it will add to your bill. If you want to save money, ask the caterer for other options, including buying imported frozen food.
Will the Food Be Cooked at the Venue?
Some caterers choose to prepare the food on the menu at an off-site location and then transport it using warming boxes. Depending on the type of food you are planning for your wedding, this could be problematic. The taste of the food could be impacted.
If you want the food prepared on-site, the caterer could possibly charge for this added service. If so, you need to know how much. You can also talk to the caterer about preparing only certain foods off-site and cooking the remaining on-site to save time and effort.
If you are working with a wedding planner, he or she will undoubtedly help guide you through hiring a caterer. Even if you are not, remember to take your time and carefully consider your options when discussing your wedding dinner plans with the caterer.