Planning a wedding is something that can be both exciting and stressful for just about any couple. When it comes to putting together your wedding reception, there are going to be lots of things that you need cover. Once you get ready to put together your menu for the wedding reception, you need to be able to work with your caterer to make sure that everything is in order just the way that you want it.
The best wedding caterers will be able to do a whole lot more for you that simply help you to prepare your wedding reception menu. Wedding caterers are wonderful with helping to coordinate your reception, including helping to put together a good timeline for the flow of dinner. A lot of wedding reception caterers will also be able to work with the rental companies for all of the linens and tableware that you need, make sure that the bar is fully stocked and more. Depending on how involved your chosen wedding caterer is, you may even be able to count on them to make your wedding cake.
Of course, there are always going to be several things that you need to cover when you are going through the menu for your wedding reception. For example, do you have a particular type of cuisine in mind? If so, you need to be sure that you have a wedding caterer that specializes in it. This is a detail that can really make or break your wedding reception meal, so be sure that the food is going to taste exactly how you want it. When you stop to think about it, you are not going to expect an Italian chef to be able to prepare perfect sushi and vice versa.
Speaking of specialties and special requests, will you be having any guests at your wedding that have special dietary needs? Maybe you are hoping that you can have a gluten free or vegetarian meal option for guests to choose from. If you are going with seafood, you need to be aware of any shellfish allergies. When looking at quality, you can also make a special request that any seafood that is used to be fresh over frozen and so on.
Finally, you can go over packages and pricing with your wedding reception caterer so that you can get the most out of your wedding budget. Will the meal pricing come with full service? Some caterers will roll everything into one price for your wedding reception, which will include bar service, table settings, food preparation, full service and also the clean up at the end. If the pricing does not include full service and this is something that you want, you will need to be able to find and then pay for the additional staffing so that your reception meal will go exactly as hoped.
When all is said and done, you will find that the easier it is to communicate with your wedding reception caterer, the better chance you will have a wonderful wedding reception meal that you and all of your guests will love.
This is a guest post by Mark Wilcox. He’s the founder of http://www.weddingintro.com/which helps brides reduce their stress by providing simple and clear wedding planning information.