Getting married is one of the most exciting, emotional events in your life. If you’re lucky, you will find a food catering company that understands your vision and goes above and beyond to accommodate your guests.
Food catering involves various components, so it’s important to do research before choosing one for your wedding reception.
Of course, there are some basic questions to ask in the beginning: Do you have my wedding date open? What is your serving capacity like? Can you cater to allergies or special dietary concerns?
Aside from the basics, here are some questions you can use to ensure you’re on the same page as your caterer.
Which wedding catering styles do you offer?
It’s not just about the food itself, but how it’s served and by whom. Did you know that most catering companies offer different catering styles?
- Plated dinners: This is the traditional, classy set up. Waiters and waitresses deliver meals to each individual guest.
- Buffet: If you’re okay with something a bit more casual, you may opt to have a buffet where guests serve themselves.
- Family-style: Another more relaxed option where guests pass around dishes.
- Cocktail style: This is definitely the most modern option and involves serving hors d’oeuvres instead of full meals.
What’s included in the package?
Can you supply flatware, glassware, and dinnerware?
Some wedding catering companies specifically provide food and not much else, while others provide the full package, including staff and rentals.
We at RJE, for example, offer inclusive packages so you get the most bang for your buck – plus peace of mind.
Do you have a set menu or can we create our own?
For some couples, it’s more exciting to be involved in creating their wedding menus. Or you may be of the other camp, happy to leave all the big decisions to experienced professionals. Find out what your options are.
Where are your dishes sourced from?
You probably would like to know about seasonal menu options and, depending on your wedding style, venue, and the season, you may choose to go with different dishes or desserts.
You may also want to know about the food itself – is the fresh produce locally sourced? Are the transporting options eco-conscious? Is the food prepared on-site of the venue, or is it brought in from somewhere else?
How do you price alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages?
It can be hard to accurately gauge how much alcohol guests will be having at your party and many couples try to avoid over-ordering bottles that will remain unopened.
That’s why it’s helpful to get a better idea of how drinks will be priced.
Wedding catering services | RJE
If you’re looking for wedding catering services, then congratulations! You must be knee-deep in plans. If you’re based in Akron, Canton, or the Cleveland area, Robert J. Events would love to be there for you on your big day.
We’ll provide delicious food for your special event and the most well-trained staff possible – let’s chat catering.
We offer fresh food, packaged pricing, all-inclusive dinner packages, and a hard-working team. Each event is created around the needs of the clients, and we know how to make the process easy!