In almost every culture, we center all of our most special occasions around food, so it should come no surprise that food will likely be the most costly portion of your wedding reception. It can be really difficult to decide on a caterer (if you have too) because every one you sample will probably taste like one of the best meals you've ever had. We hope we can help with the matter in choosing an ideal Milton wedding caterer.
01. The Easy Way
If you choose a package deal from a Milton reception hall, hotel, restaurant, community centre or other venue that hosts wedding receptions regularly, then the facility may have a food service specially contracted. That means the decisions already made for you. Unless you require culture-specific meal courses, or are serving to a majority of unique diets, don't be too reluctant to trust the caterer chosen. They are often chosen with great care for major wedding venues and usually with more time than you could possibly put into the decision. However, that doesn't mean you aren't welcome to question the house caterer. Everyone has different tastes so make sure that the caterer fits you before signing.
If the venue you chosen does not have a required catering choice, ask them for suggestions. The venue owners or managers have likely seen a lot of wedding with both good and bad catering.
02. The Tasting
Meet with potential Milton caterers for a food testing and an interview. Choose one or two dishes that are in your price range and see how they fit your taste, and imagine how they might fit the tastes of your family and friends.
03. The Extras
Many Milton caterers include setup of the tables, chairs, plates, silverware and linens in their base fees. If you're hosting your reception in a unique location that cannot provide these amenities, you'll save a lot of time, work and money by choosing a caterer that can provide all of that. See if they can they set out your place cards and favours as well.
If you do go this route, ask to speak with the person in charge of setup before you hire them, and make sure they have a feel for your wedding theme. Ask to see photos of past setups they've done and make sure to see all pieces well in advance of the wedding so you will not be surprised (or disappointed) when entering your reception.
04. The Lead
The person you meet with may be as charming, helpful and thorough as can be, but if they're not the same person that shows up on the day of to lead the way, you might as well have had no interview at all. Make sure that the person you meet with is the same person that will be coordinating and managing the site on the day of your reception.
05. The Staff
Will the caterer provide their own serving personnel? Most top Milton caterers will only use their own wait staff, even if staff are available at your location, but some are flexible. Also make note of how the servers will be dressed and ensure that it complies with the level of formality you expect at your reception.
06. Special Diets
It can sometimes be hard to anticipate all of the dietary needs in your group of guests before asking each individually and giving them their options. Of course you need to find a caterer before this can be done, so you want to make sure that all possible cases are covered, which includes: vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal, and a special kids meal. If you know that you, your partner, or a majority of your guests will require what most caterers consider a special diet, then choose a caterer with experience or specialization in that form of catering.
Does the caterer have a liquor license or do you need to set up a bar separately? This could be a major extra expense so if you can get both in one it is often advantageous.
08. Extra Fees
Some unanticipated fees might include corkage fees and cake cutting fees if the same caterer does not provide all of your liquor and desserts.
- "Wedding Catering: 17 Questions to Ask Your Caterer." TheKnot.com