Here are some guidelines on how to choose a
When looking to choose a caterer for your
wedding reception, one of the most important things to take into
consideration is their reputation. Donít just choose the first caterer
you see in the phone book.
Check with the Better Business Bureau or
your local chamber of commerce to see if there are any complaints
against the caterer youíre considering. If youíre doing this check
online, keep an open mind. If youíre seeing overwhelming positive
feedback and a few negative ones, it may be a situation of sour grapes
by a ďbridezillaĒ or an anonymous attack from a competitor.
Another important place to check is your
local or state health department. This should be done not only to make
sure your caterer is up to code with their health inspections, but also
that they have actually registered with the health department and that
itís not a fly-by-night organization. Your caterer must also be licensed
Your caterer works for you. Now, that
doesnít mean heís at your beck and call 24 hours a day, but you should
be able to have a great working relationship with your caterer. If your
caterer tries to push you into making choices you donít think are right
for your guests or if he tries to push you toward higher-priced foods or
packages, then you may want to reconsider his service.
Some people may wish to go green and choose
a caterer who specializes in either organic or locally grown food.
However, donít expect all caterers to be able to provide these services.
This can run expensive for independent caterers, especially for organic
The same goes for specialty food. Not every caterer is a pastry chef or
a sushi chef. You may have to search for a chef who can create exactly
what you want.
Usually the brideís family will pay for the
catering for the reception. The bride must take into consideration her
familyís budget when it comes to choosing a caterer. Itís not fair to
send your parents into bankruptcy just so the caterer can prove to
everyone that he can make Lobster Newberg. Shop around to find the most
reasonably priced caterer.
(Staff Sep. 29, 2011)