You’ll find that you have quite a few checklists to tend to as you plan your wedding. There is a wedding planner checklist, photographer checklist, as well as a caterer checklist. Even if you have the help of wedding event planners, you should definitely have a say in which caterers you do and do not hire to serve at your wedding. If you choose the wrong vendor, in any area of your wedding, it could be disastrous. The following information should all be included in your catering binder when deciding what you would like to serve along with a list of potential catering companies.
Firstly, make notes about what you would like to serve at your wedding:
- Other menu ideas
Then have a list of prospective caterers with the following information attached:
- Contact name
- Appointment date and time
- Proposal price
Once you’ve made your final choice on a caterer, organize their information like so:
- Contact name
- Cancellation/Refund Policy
- Total Cost (include all services and fees)
- The deposit amount
- Total balance
- Reserved date and hours
Your decision to have either a buffet style or sit-down dinner at your wedding reception is a significant one, because each choice will greatly influence the overall feel of your wedding. Which option you decide to go with will depend on how formal you’d like your wedding reception to be, and of course, your budget.
The first step is to figure out what your dinner budget is. Wedding caterers usually quote a sit-down dinner by giving you a rate per person. A sit-down dinner will be more expensive because the caterer will need more staff there to serve you and your guests.
Even though a wedding buffet menu is less formal than a sit-down dinner, you are presenting your guests with more options with a buffet spread and more freedom with portion size. Your guests will also have the option to head back to the buffet for seconds if they’re still hungry.
The time of day your reception takes place can also affect your decision. A buffet style dinner is more appropriate for a daytime wedding, as they are generally less formal than evening weddings.
Take your time with this decision and make sure you shop around for quotes. If you’re not holding your wedding at a hotel that offers their own catering, then explore wedding catering menus from as many catering companies as you can. The types of dishes offered and the cost of each option will help you make the right choice for your wedding.
We just posted a new article considering the pros and cons of a buffet-style wedding reception dinner.
A buffet meal will create a far more casual “vibe” at your reception, and generally speaking will be more cost-effective than a seated dinner. (On average, a buffet meal will cost $15 per person as opposed to $25 for a seated dinner.)
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