Wedding guests come as often for the party after the wedding as they do the celebration of the union of two souls. And the meal you provide is a critical component of that gathering, whether you’re having finger foods along with cake as gifts are opened or a full sit down meal. Here are five essential questions you should ask your caterer.

What Is Your Catering Style?

Does the person run buffets or do they serve people at their tables? Do they only do cocktail style meals full of hors d’oeuvres or do they provide family style meals where people at the table are expected to pass around plates? Know what type of meal you want served when shopping for wedding catering Toronto so you can weed out the caterers who don’t serve the style you want provided at your event. For example, a group that only does sit down meals needs a venue that provides such facilities.

What Is Your Menu, and How Much Can We Choose?

Some caterers save money by having a limited number of options you can choose from. You may have to choose from option A or option B because that’s how they get it from their supplier. Or you may have significant freedom of what you can order as long as you’re willing to pay for it. Another issue is whether or not guests can choose their entrees as if ordering at a restaurant. Some caterers will offer beef and pasta and give everyone the same plate for the sake of simplicity.

What Is Your Plan Regarding Dietary Restrictions?

While you’ve picked a couple of items for the menu, the reality is that not everyone can and will eat it. What is the caterer’s plan when someone has food allergies or foods they cannot eat? Do they label kosher, halal, vegetarian and vegan options? Do they identify foods with ingredients that regularly cause food allergies? Do they label items containing milk so that the lactose intolerant know to either avoid it or take the necessary enzymes? These are all things that should be addressed before deciding on menus.

Have You Catered at Our Venue Before?

While not essential, this is a major plus. It means they know the layout of the facility and the kitchens. They know the rules for delivering ingredients and how to prepare food in that venue. On the other hand, if they don’t know the ins and outs of the venue and bring cooking equipment that isn’t allowed or stay too late, you might have issues.

Do You Provide Alcohol?

Some caterers lack a liquor license so they cannot provide alcohol. Others refuse to do so in order to limit their liability. Don’t assume the caterer can and will provide wine with dinner, and ask the question directly. If the answer is yes, be sure to ask about serving arrangements, selection and prices. If the answer is no, you may want to hire a separate vendor to provide a wet bar.

Conclusion

All these questions will not only help you narrow down the best caterer for you but will ensure that you get what you paid for. So, make sure that you and your caterer are on the same page before signing up for anything.

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