Although it pales in comparison to the Herculean demands of planning an entire wedding, food catering, especially for a wedding, is still a significant undertaking. Event catering serves on average 100 to 200 people or more. Food caterers will serve at over 300 events per year, on average, with almost a third of those events being weddings. It’s believed by some that the food at a wedding, even if it’s extraordinary, is ultimately forgettable. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many wedding attendees report that the meal they were served was as memorable as anything else in the event.
The food at your wedding is important and food catering for a wedding is a difficult and nuanced job. Wedding planning has a reputation for being precipitous and prone to untimely snags. Read on to find three tips that will ensure that your wedding, or at least the food catering, goes off without a hitch, so to speak.
Serve the food right away
There is no unimportant element of a wedding, and there’s no doubt you are giving the greatest attention and resources to every part of your special event. If there is extra attention to be given or extra resources to be distributed, don’t overlook the food: good food served promptly and at temperature keeps guests engaged at the table, keeps them energized on the dance floor, and keeps them happy. They can still have splendid memories of a great wedding with middling food, of course, but few elements of a wedding can have as much of an impact on the event as great quality food and service. And don’t forget that while great food has an immediate impact on your event, bad food dominates conversations more than anything else found at a wedding no matter how well planned it is.
When it Comes to Food, Less is Not More
Overspend, if you must, but never underspend. You don’t want hungry guests. Keep in mind that unless your food catering options include table services, your guests will be free to fill their plates as they wish. Of course, most will be austere, or at least moderate, but there will be some who have a great deal more than others. It’s better to have too much food than to not have enough. And remember that leftovers can be packed up to go home with guests, staff, or you and your new spouse.
Spend Smarter, Not Harder
The amount of your wedding fund that you will designate for food catering should have a reason attached to it. Often, the amount that couples or others planning weddings assign to food catering is not enough, and sometimes it’s too much. Most caterers have detailed menus and pricing that are accessible online or some other way. Consider these carefully, enjoy a sample meal, and apply the cost of that meal to the number of guests you’re expecting. Be sure to have a realistic budget that meshes with the remaining wedding expenses. And don’t forget the rehearsal dinner!
At your wedding, you will want your nuptials to dominate the conversations. You want your guests engaged and you want them dancing as much as possible. Excellent service and food catering is the most effective way to make sure that those things happen and that your wedding is festive and memorable.