5 more top catering tips for your wedding

1. We recommend serving a punch or juice after the ceremony together with some light canapes as wedding guests often arrive hungry!

2. If you are having a cocktail hour, consider serving your starter with the drinks, it will give you more time to party at the reception! A harvest table starter is a great idea.

3. Cutting your wedding cake straight after the ceremony and serving it with tea and coffee is both popular and a great cost-saving idea. It also makes your wedding cake an important part of the day. Alternatively, you can serve your wedding cake as your dessert, which will also help with the wedding budget.

4. Remember to make allowance for a simple meal to be served to the service staff on the day, eg: waitrons, bar staff, car guards and security personnel. A simple, reasonably priced meal, such as a lasagne and rolls, will make for happy staff who will then go the extra mile to make your wedding a huge success!

5. Most caterers will not allow you to supplement their catering with your own food, apart from the wedding cake, sweets, and candies. You shouldn’t feel offended by this. Most caterers (and your guests) will be covered by some sort of public liability insurance and your supplying part of the meal will just complicate matters.

5 top catering tips for your wedding

1. When comparing one caterer with another, make sure you are comparing “apples with apples”. We recommend that you ask the caterer to stipulate on the quote exactly what is included in the price per head. Many caterers will not include waitrons, crockery and cutlery, linen and transport in the per head price so although the food price will look impressive, when you add on all these extras you may be in for a surprise. You will want to factor these costs in right from the beginning.

2. Always remember when compiling your menu to choose foods to which your guests are accustomed. Just because you love sushi doesn’t mean everybody else does as well. Simple “rustic” foods and dishes are all the rage now so remember to keep your menu uncomplicated.

3. We recommend that you check whether any of your guests have specific dietary requirements such as diabetics, vegans, lactose intolerant, gluten-free etc. so that you can make sure your caterer is aware and can plan with you accordingly. You want them to feel as important as all the other guests so don’t be afraid to ask your guests beforehand.

4. When compiling your menu, consider adding a vegetarian option as part of your menu. There are inevitably those who will forget to advise you of their dietary requirements and this option gives your caterer some flexibility.

5. Finally, when choosing your wedding caterer, we recommend you find out as much information as you can about them (testimonials should be available as well) and that you make sure that whatever you discuss is noted. Time passes, memories can become fuzzy but clear notes act as a reference point for all. In this way, caterer and client will be on the same page and the wedding will run smoothly, to everyone’s delight! Isn’t that what we all want?