Monday, March 9, 2015

5 Ways to Choose Your Perfect Caterer

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Planning a wedding is simultaneously the most exciting and stressful thing ever! Dates and even venues come pretty naturally to many couples, but deciding on a caterer can be a confusing journey for sure!

Here are a few insider tips to help you choose the caterer that is right for your special day:

Check with Your Venue
Many venues have a list of preferred vendors that they work with. These caterers know the intricacies of load in/load out, are familiar with the set up of the event space (the last thing you want is a caterer to wing it the day of your wedding!), and have a proven track record with the venue. 

Check with Your Friends
If your venue doesn't have list of preferred vendors, ask your friends, family and co-workers if they have recommendations. Hopefully someone in your circle has had a recent wedding or knows someone who has. Ask what they liked best and what they would have changed.

Find Style Inspiration
The type of food and style of reception you want can help narrow down a list of recommendations, as well.

Set a (Realistic) Budget!
Pricing can vary caterer to caterer, so it’s important to have a good idea in mind about how much you want to spend. Some couples spend more than 50% of their budget on food while others prefer to keep it closer to the 25% mark. The good news is that there is no right or wrong answer, but it is something you’ll want to communicate to potential caterers so they can give you realistic menu options.

Start Tasting!
Reach out to a few caterers and taste their food! Also, sit with your caterer and get to know them a little bit. You’ll be working with them a lot leading up to your big day, so it’s important that you like them!

Thank you so much to Tatiyana for the excellent tips on selecting the perfect caterer! For more information about Jewell Events Catering, visit their website or call 312 829 3663.

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