It seems that no matter what time of day you are planning your wedding; your guests will need to be fed.You may have found the absolutely perfect venue for your reception only to discover that they do not offer wedding catering. You may have planned your rural wedding and no kitchen is available.You may have decided to have a low key wedding on a small budget and just want something basic and not too much fuss.Whatever your story, to find the perfect caterer for your perfect day “click here” to start obtaining a short list of wedding caterers who meet all your needs.If you are having your reception at a venue that does not supply catering, or you decide you want to organise your own, then here are a few things to consider.The first thing to consider is what type of food you want to serve.
This, quite often, will determine whether a main meal is needed or if smaller serves would suit better
Formal – set menu would be more suitable
Structured but still casual – buffet may suit better
Casual/free flowing – Canapés are ideal for this style of reception
All weddings have a budget but you need to consider this for I you want multiple courses, how long you want servers, how many servers, how much per head etc.
A sit down meal of roast spring lamb and seasonal vegetables might be fantastic in Victoria in winter but maybe light canapés would be best in Cairns in November. Try and remember your menu selection should suit your location also.
Do you need a kid-friendly/vegan/vegetarian/gluten free/lactose free/egg free/nut free option? In this day and age it is hard to have a gathering of people without at least one person having an intolerance to at least one of the above. Is this something that you need to consider?
Most caterers will be able to work around most venues but when considering the type of food you want to serve, it is best to be considerate of any limitation of your venue. If you are planning an outdoor reception with limited power and you want a hot buffet style reception, it may be difficult. Consider your receptions venue when considering you menu style.
When you are putting you ad together it is important to be specific without going overboard. Remember that the ad is to filter out those wedding caterers who cannot meet your requirements so you can get a shortlist who can do what you need. After you have our short list you can add more details. Try and bullet point/short sentence as much as possible.
Wedding Date: May 5th
Time of Wedding: 10:00
Time of Reception: 12:00
Location: 150 Farm Road, Middle of nowhere
Food Style: Buffet
Servers Required: 4
Special Requirements: We need a child friendly option, a gluten free option and all nut free
We are only looking to serve a main lunch meal. We were hoping for 4 options, a child friendly, a vegetarian, a chicken & a beef.
Can you please supply any menu options you have when you place your quote?