When thinking about hiring a catering company for your wedding
reception or special event, use this checklist to help you get through
the process smoothly. Be sure to consult with catering companies as far
in advance of your event as possible so you will be able to hire
someone who can provide you with the food you want.
Most catering companies charge per person. You will need to know the
of people who will be attending your event and how much you are willing
before you consult with catering companies.
What Kind of Meal?
What time of day is your event? There are a number of options when
what kind of meal service you will need. Many catering companies offer
variety of meals, including brunch, lunch, dinner, hors
If you are having a casual event, you may consider a buffet-style meal.
more formal events, catering companies offer a variety of serving
passed appetizers to waiter staff for sit-down meals. The wait staff
dressed in uniforms or tuxedos with white gloves, depending on the
of your event. Discuss these options with your catering company.
There are different styles of food, and a wide range of catering
suit your needs. Think about whether you would like continental,
or theme (such as “the beach” or
foods. Some catering companies may or may not be able to accommodate
or unusual food tastes, so be sure to discuss your ideas with them up
Special Needs Catering
Consider the tastes and dietary restrictions of your guests. Will there
lot of vegetarians? Do you need to serve kosher or halal foods? Discuss
with your catering company so all of your guests will be able to enjoy
you are providing.
Alcohol at parties can be expensive. Be sure to go over all your
your catering company. Here are some options: open bar, cash bar, beer
only, champagne, or specialty (such as martini bars).