Most people who have attended a social event or wedding will tell you about the food – whether it was delicious or not and if there was enough of it! Most guests will not remember the floral and decor, or whether the linens on the tables matched the invitations exactly. The food always resonates in the minds of guests. Your wedding or special occasion is not the time to try out a new catering company or your cousin who likes to cook. The food is a very large portion of most event budgets so choosing a reputable and licensed caterer is a must.
If your chosen venue does not have its own catering services, you now have the flexibility to choose a caterer who will suit all of your culinary desires. However, before you begin interviewing caterers, be clear on what your venue will provide and what you will need to have brought in. Many times a venue can provide tables and chairs at no extra cost. But, whoever provides anything for your special day ask to see the items first so you are sure that they fit into your design scheme. Work with your wedding planner or event planner to rent items that your caterer or venue are not able to provide.
13 Questions for Your Caterer:
As you interview the licensed caterers ask a few key questions that will help you whittle down the options.
3 Steps to Designing a Knock-out Feast for Your Reception:
Caribbean Caterers is a company we have had the pleasure of working with on numerous occasions. In business for over 25 years, they are known for using the freshest ingredients and wowing their clients with their impeccable style. The event designer that works with couples will create a memorable feast – from the linens, to the china and a one of a kind menu – you’ll be sure to be pleased. Gillian DeSouza, owner of Caribbean Caterers, shares her advice on designing a knockout menu for your wedding reception.
Visualize Your Reception as if You are Hosting in Your Home:
Another industry partner that we often recommend to our couples is Tasteful Affairs – a full service, gourmet caterer based in Alexandria, VA who has been in business for more than 20 years. Linda Harkness, Owner and Head Chef of Tasteful Affairs suggest couples “to visualize their favorite restaurant, so that they might familiarize themselves with the kinds of foods their clients would like to offer their guests. The Clients are hosting the “event”, we at Tasteful Affairs implement their ideas as if they were setting up, cooking, and decorating in their own home to entertain their guests. We are the brawn behind the vision, the vision comes from the client. If they have difficulty visualizing, then we begin to paint various pictures from which they may choose.”
When planning your next event, connect with Perfect Planning Events and its industry partners to produce a remarkable event for you and your guests.