Your wedding caterer is a very important part of your wedding day plans, so choosing the right one is a big decision. You want to give your guests the most glorious food possible, but you also want to stay within budget. Give your wedding guests a reception to remember with our helpful tips:
What sort of catering should I choose?
The type of food and drink you provide will very much depend on they style of wedding you have chosen, as well as the venue for your reception. If you are having an outdoor reception during the summer, chances are you will want a fresh, light summer menu with refreshing fruit salads and finger food rather than stodgy hot puddings with custard.
Many traditional wedding venues may recommend a caterer that they have used before, but always check out their prices and compare their menu with other local catering companies before accepting their recommendation. You may find a better deal elsewhere, or prefer a different menu to what is being offered.
Check that caterers offer a vegetarian option, and also can cater for people with special dietary needs, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and diabetic.
Make sure your give yourself enough time before your wedding to get estimates and sample menus from local catering companies. Popular caterers will get booked up pretty quickly, most are booked up months in advance, so you need to have plenty of time to discuss menu options and prices before deciding to book.
Finalise your paperwork
When you have finally decided on a caterer, book them for your dates and ensure you get a written contract or agreement in return. Ideally your caterer should supply you with an agreed breakdown of charges for food, drinks, staff costs, transport and delivery, equipment hire, and insurance costs.
Check with your caterer to see what staff they are providing for your reception. Some catering companies will include waiting and serving staff, but you may need to think about having a maître d to welcome your guests and escort them to their tables. You may also need someone to take peoples coats on arrival, and also to take care of them during the reception. Some catering companies will offer to provide these extra staff member, and sometimes also a toastmaster if you needed one of these too. If you are inviting a lot of families with young children to your wedding reception, then you have to think about hiring someone in to amuse and entertain the children.
Check what packages caterers offer. They may surprise you by offering a fully comprehensive service that includes all the above extra staff that you may not have even considered!
Here are some suggested Essex based wedding caterers with good customer feedback and experience that you may want to consider:
Roamers Caterers http://www.roamerscaterers.co.uk/
Roamers have been in business for over 50 years catering for weddings. They range from catering at your bespoke wedding venues, like Crabbs Barn, and the award winning Hylands Estate, to your garden party in a marquee. They aim to home make 95% of your dishes using the freshest and finest ingredients from local suppliers, combining traditional British cuisine with a modern twist.
Relish are expert wedding caterers offering everything from seated dinners, canapés, hot buffets, fork buffets, hot and cold finger food to BBQ feasts, hog roasts, stir fry and bowl food. They also offer drinks packages including beers from local breweries and cocktails.
They also offer marquee hire, including a dance floor and power supply, all the catering, table styling, cutlery, linen, chairs and expert waiting staff.
Kingfisher Catering http://www.kingfishercaterers.co.uk/
Kingfisher have many years of experience catering all types of wedding and will work closely with you from your initial enquiry right up to when your last guest leaves at the end of your day. They offer a choice of 3 course meals, children’s menu, BBQ & Hog Roasts, Mini bowls, Sharing boards, Fork buffet, Evening food, Canapés, Finger buffet, as well as a drinks service.
Kingfisher Event Caterers regularly operate from many of the leading and most beautiful wedding locations throughout Essex.
Stock and Bailey http://www.stockandbailey.co.uk/
Stock & Bailey Catering are specialists with outside catering, and offer bespoke packages throughout Essex. Providing a fully customisable outside catering package for your perfect wedding. Offering chefs and front of house staff with a choice of buffet, extended canapé menu or a formal sit-down service. They also offer a fully transportable mobile Umbrella Bar that can be hired for use at weddings and all outdoor events.