Are you ready to spend the largest portion of your wedding budget? A professional wedding caterer is the place that you will do it. If you place importance on any search that you do for your wedding, place the highest importance on this search. The last thing that you want is for your guests to get sick because of the food that they have consumed or that they just plain hate the taste of the food served at your reception. If you are going to pay more for this portion of your wedding than any other, you want to make sure that you are going to get great value. This is where you really need to put on your investigative hat and thoroughly check out any caterer you think might be a possible fit for your wedding. There are many factors that come into play in the wedding catering business. You want to be armed with questions that will help tell you who is the right caterer for your wedding. We have provided you with some tips on how to conduct your search in the Providence area and we also have included some pertinent questions to ask when you meet the caterers face to face.
The first thing that you need to do is find some worthy candidates to consider. To find some candidates, one of the first places you could check is the world wide web. Do a Google search for “wedding caterers in the Providence area.” Check out some of the results by viewing vendor websites and finding reviews on each one. Make an appointment with each one that seems to have potential. Find out if they have your wedding date available. At your appointment, the main topic of conversation will be food, food, and food. Do they specialize in a particular type of cuisine? Look at sample menus and menus that they have used in past weddings they have catered. Setup a food tasting session with any of the candidates that seem worthy of more consideration. You have heard no doubt that the proof is in the pudding. Well, that certainly pertains to your search for this kind of vendor. You want the food to taste amazing. Anything less than that, move onto your next potential candidate.
Talk about the services that they can provide. Besides food and drink, do they provide tables, chairs, plates, table linens, silverware, salt-and-pepper shakers, place settings, etc. If they do not, you will have to get them from somewhere else. Or what about props, special effects, and décor? Will they be working other weddings on your special day? They may say this is possible, but we urge you to beware. You might want to avoid this kind of situation. Do you want to share staff with another wedding? If you really like the caterer, ask them if how many staff people will be working your wedding. If you don't think it is enough, discuss this with the caterer.
Where will the food be prepared? If there are facilities at the venue, make sure the venue and the caterer will coordinate well together. What kinds of things does the caterer charge for? For instance, if they have to bring in their own equipment, is that part of the overall cost or is it considered an extra fee? Do they use fresh ingredients or frozen or a combination of the two? How will the food be presented? Will they be decorating the tables? What about alcohol? Is it better if the caterer provides this or you? Will there be a corkage fee? Lastly ask for and check references.
What will everything cost you? Do they offer various packages? They should. See if you can find one that fits your situation perfectly. Get a bottom line number. After all of this, you should be able to pick a caterer that fits you like a glove.