Great Catering Tips for Your Wedding (Including Destination Weddings)

There are so many arrangements to be made when planning a wedding, but one of them is finding the perfect caterer. Your catering is very important as it forms a big part of your wedding reception. Not only should you make sure that the food and drink is delicious, but you should also do this within your specified budget.

You’ll have many different options when it comes to catering for your wedding. Apart from asking important questions such as ‘Where are wedding halls near me?”, you should also ask yourself, “How many people will we invite and what are we going to put on the menu?” when planning your perfect day. This will be a good starting point to get going.

Keep It Seasonal

Everybody wants their wedding food to be absolutely perfect and for their guests to enjoy, so what is more perfect than serving them deliciously seasonal food. The benefit of choosing seasonal food is not only that it will taste better but also that the ingredients will be readily available locally. It’s a great way to keep your menu cost-effective as it would be easy to get the ingredients you need and it’s a great way to get off to a good start.

Work with a Budget

Having a budget is very important when it comes to the catering of your wedding. Not only for you but also for the caterer who has to work out the menus. A good caterer can do wonders with your available budget but they need to know what your limits are so that they can offer you the best your money can buy. That's why it's important to always determine what your budget is, before you give it to your caterer to work with.

Choose a Theme

Choosing a theme is another great way in which you can plan the catering part of your wedding. Using a theme will add a touch of personality to your wedding and it can also be tied into your menu, to make your day extra ordinary and also quite unique.

Know the Numbers

One of the most important things when it comes to the catering part of your wedding, is to know exactly how many people will attend. Even if you don't know the exact number yet, it's important to give your caterer a good idea of the size of your guest list so that they can plan accordingly. The guestlist is one of the first things that you will finalize, so that you know how many people attend, and also know how to plan your menu and set your budget.

Consider Outsourcing

You don't have to do everything yourself, especially when it comes to catering. A lot of planning and attention goes into working on a menu, so it is a good idea to consider hiring a professional caterer to look after this part of your wedding planning. Professional caterers know how to draw up a great menu, and they can work within your budget and according to the theme you need. You will have an expert available to make sure that your menu is definitely something to remember.

Don't Forget Specific Requirements

You must keep in mind that there might be guests that require specific food items or have unique dietary needs. Try to sort this out beforehand, so that your caterer can plan your menu accordingly. It's also a good idea to have alternatives available, should someone prefer not to eat a specific meal or food item on the menu. Your caterer can give you the best advice here, which is why you should consider having a professional caterer taking care of this.

Sharing is Always Good

If you have a large wedding, you can consider putting large platters or a buffet available for your guests. This is a great idea if you are struggling to think how you are going to provide a sit-down meal to a large number of people. You can even combine them both and still have your main food items as a buffet, while serving smaller, bite sized items as platters on every table.

Don't Forget to Feed Your Suppliers

They might be there to do the work, but it's always a good idea to think about them as well and make sure that you feed them delicious food. If you look after your suppliers it will show you appreciate them, as they are after all the people who make sure that your guests get the best.

Don’t Forget the Finishing Touches

Putting the finishing touches on your wedding is always a great idea and it will make a world of difference. This is what people remember at your wedding. You can do something simple such as adding a bow to the back of your chairs, as it will immediately capture attention. Your food shouldn’t be any different. There are plenty of ways in which you can at finishing touches to your delicious food, you can offer a fresh seasonal soup between the starter and main, or even provide a refreshing granita before the desert.

Catering plays a very big role in the success of your wedding and it's important to choose the right supplier, just as it is choosing the right venue. If you are asking yourself, “Where are wedding halls near me?” you should also ask about which one offers catering services. Contact VUK Banqueting Suite today for more information about our venue and our professional catering services to ensure that your wedding is nothing but a success.

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