With so many crucial elements to consider, your wedding will be one of the most challenging things to plan for in life besides only children. It then comes as no surprise that finding the right professional catering service to provide the food and beverage for your wedding is one of the biggest imperatives in your wedding as you will be spending most of your budget on the catering! The emphasis then is put on finding a true professional who will provide you with the most yum for your yen. You will want to ensure that you have a great line of communication with the caterer to avoid any potential kitchen disasters, no one wants dry, bland, or otherwise unsavory food for their special day! It may be challenging to select which one is right for you, but the good thing is that Chicago has many great services to select from that it will be easier than you thought when in retrospection. Here are some helpful tips to get you on your way.
The first tip we have is to start off with the recommendations of your friends, family, and trusted colleagues, in particular, anyone that has been recently wedded, or has been involved in a wedding in some aspect or facet. You should also ask your venue coordinator if they have any recommendations, as well. Some venues may have a preferred or exclusive list of vendors that you may need to glean your candidates from, so be thorough and ask your venue coordinator beforehand. It is also useful to call or go online to the International Caterer's Association or the National Association of Catering Executives, these sources will help direct you to caterers in your area that come with plenty of experience and specialize in weddings. It is also very useful to go online, and search through wedding directories as they provide general information on pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, and pictures.
The second tip is to call the candidates you are interested in, and ask of their availability on the date of your wedding. While you are interviewing the candidates, there are a couple of things you will want to accomplish before you conclude your appointment with them. First, you will want to visit their shop, and scope it out. The shop should be well organized and presented with care. It should be clean, and should have any glaring health code violations (ex. Employees not wearing hair nets, gloves, or maybe pants depending on the situation). The second thing you will want to accomplish is to sample their menu, and ask for any suggestions for a wedding your size and style.
The last tip is to cover logistics and cost of the services. You should ask for a sample invoice detailing everything from charges to time for set-up and preparation. You should compare each caterer against each other, and see which one is the best for you. If you have made your choice, make sure you get a binding legal agreement with the caterer, and have them sign it. You will need to place a deposit, but once that done, the services will get rolling, and you will have one heck of a delicious dinner on your wedding night!