Ask Around and Read Reviews
Word of mouth recommendations are more reliable than reading paid advertisements or what the business has to say about themselves. Check out Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Urbanspoon/Zomato.
Don’t be afraid to ask the company directly for references as well, who better to tell you how the caterer is than someone who has already had them host their wedding.
Schedule a Tasting
Your taste buds are unique, no amount of reading reviews and references can tell you how a caterer’s food will taste to you. Once you have narrowed down the list of potential caterers to 3-4, schedule tastings and really put them to the test!
Follow up the Provenance of the Food
This can easily be done while you are at the tasting. Some caterers can cut corners in food preparation by using frozen products. Fresh is always best. For what it costs to have an event catered you need to make sure you are getting quality product. Asking specific details about where food is sourced from and the exact preparation methods Each caterer’s response will be telling as to whether the food is genuinely fresh or not and this will instil confidence in your choice.
Do a thorough Background Check
Call the local health department to ensure there are no outstanding or previous complaints, and to check that they are a registered company. Read your contract, double check what are they required to offer in terms of service and quality. Do they need to give you notice for cancellation, and what are their cancellations policies? These important factors should weigh in to your decision as well.
Consider Leaving “Wedding” off the Event Description
We all know that weddings cost a lot of money, but what many people do not realise is that this is because some business add an extra margin for wedding packages. We stress that this is SOME business not ALL. That being said you may still save your budget by skipping the ‘W’ word in the event brief.