WEDDINGS

5 Things To Ask Your Wedding Caterer

Booking a caterer for your wedding can sometimes seem like a stressful process. However, we have five hot topics from Greenleaf Catering that you should cover when considering caterers to ensure you have all the correct information and there are no hidden surprises.

Which venues is the caterer accredited to work with?

Not all caterers can work at any venue and many venues will have an approved list of trusted caterers. Should you have a preferred caterer but you don’t have a preferred wedding venue yet, then always check with the caterer which venues they have a relationship with. Alternatively, if you have a preferred venue or hotel, check with them first who their approved caterers are.

Should you wish for your caterer to work with a new venue or hotel, be aware there usually is an approval process that they will need to go through, which will enable the caterer to provide their catering at the required venue.

It is always a good idea to check the caterer’s website to find out which venues they work with regularly as reputable companies generally showcase their partnered venues on their website with pictures, videos, and venue information.

If you have specific culinary or dietary requirements, check this with your caterer during the enquiry stage. 

Your caterer should be able to adjust their dishes and recipes to your preferences and requirements. However, if you have something very specific in mind, it’s a good idea to discuss this with your caterer during the initial stages of your enquiry so you can ensure that they can meet your needs within your allocated budget. You don’t want any hidden surprises further down the line! Caterer can arrange tasting menu for you once your booking has been confirmed. Use this opportunity to discuss the dishes and their presentation in detail with your caterer.

 

Will the caterer’s event manager be managing your event and suppliers? 

Each caterer will have a manager “running” your wedding and ensuring that everything is as it should be. It is essential to understand from the outset if they will only be managing the catering team or other aspects of the event. For example, your caterer may be able to help recommend and book other suppliers for you. This will help you judge how much support they will be providing and whether you might also need a wedding planner on the day.

Who will be your main point of contact at each stage? 

In order to ensure you are always speaking to the right person, you should ascertain who is your main point of contact at each stage of the planning process and on the big day itself. Understanding this will help you manage your expectations of the booking and planning stages of the process.

 

What insurance coverage does your caterer have? 

Companies working within the events industry should have public, employer and product liability insurance. Caterers are almost always required to have insurance due to the risk of injury to clients and guests, as well as potential damage to venue property. This also demonstrates their reliability and credibility. As a minimum, a reputable UK-based company should have at least 10 million pounds of cover. If a caterer does not have public liability insurance or has less than the suggested level of coverage, this is something you should use as a flag to do some further due diligence.

All of the above points are essential questions to ask when you are booking your wedding caterer to ensure that you select the best possible company for such an important and magical day.

 

*Greenleaf Catering have become one of the finest caterers of Asian cuisine in the UK. With an emphasis on exquisite catering, bespoke event management and a proven track record in superior service. Catering has been Greenleaf’s passion for over thirty years, continually introducing new and imaginative menus with a contemporary flair to emphasise the exquisite tastes and flavours of Asian cuisine.

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