We hope that the tips we’ve provided will help couples avoid shabby catering so that nothing puts a damper on their Special Day
(PRWEB UK) 12 January 2015
While it is vital to get the wedding venue, clothing and professional videography just right for the Special Day, couples sometimes overlook another key aspect – the catering. It’s not enough to look up a list of local caterers and choose the most reasonably priced or the one that promises the world over the phone, this can lead to disappointing results which looked good on paper but turn out to be less than inspiring when the food is presented at the reception.
From their vast experience capturing the glamour of wedding events for posterity, Bloomsbury Films shares important tips to help couples find a caterer that will take the magic of their Big Day to the next level.
The Folly of Self-Catering
Bloomsbury advises couples not to go down the route of self-catering – they have seen many try and many end up in tears. While it might seem like a good idea to save money so that it can be redirected to the bridal dress or honeymoon, it’s a bad idea in terms of time effectiveness. After all, there are more than enough niggles to worry about and attend to on the day of the wedding, the food and table decorations can turn nuptials into an overly stressful nightmare. Everyone should be able to enjoy the nuptials instead of having too much on their plate to deal with.
Settle on a Theme
The second important tip from Bloomsbury is that couples should first figure out an ideal wedding theme, as this will help them hone in on the right caterer and make sure the service can accommodate their vision with appropriate food and tableware.
The research phase cannot be under estimated says Bloomsbury. Many a tear could be avoided if couples do their homework thoroughly to find the perfect caterer. The first step is to shortlist likely caterers by reviewing their website to see if it looks professional, and also to read many testimonials. The next step is to call the caterers on the shortlist to get a feel for how they deal with clients and to make an appointment for a visit.
Visit the Caterer
Bloomsbury suggests couples always visit the caterer at their premises rather than making a choice purely based on the website. There is a lot one can learn on-site about a company that marketing does not convey. For example, are the premises neat and appealing? Are the staff professional yet friendly? Also make sure to meet the head chef.
Check the Tableware
Whether at their premises or in a brochure, couples are advised to take the time to inspect the tableware, glassware and crockery that the caterer will use to make sure it is to their liking and matches the theme of the wedding. Some caterers even offer a choice of coloured linen.
The Proof is in the Pudding
Above-board caterers are happy to arrange a tasting to help couples decide on the menu. This is key, since the flavours and presentation will clearly demonstrate how good the caterer is – the proof is in the pudding! Also be sure to check that the canapés are not only suitably delicious for a wide range of guest preferences, but also that they are in fact bite sized and therefore easy to nibble.
Bear in mind says Bloomsbury that some caterers cut costs by compromising on the quality of their produce. Be sure the caterer you settle on buys good quality ingredients, including fresh seasonal fare that is locally sourced where possible.
Special Dietary Needs
In addition to quality produce, Bloomsbury reminds couples to check that the caterer is able to accommodate wedding attendees with special dietary needs, such as vegetarians, Muslims who can only eat Halal, those who have gluten intolerance etc.
Dedicated Catering Manager
Another aspect that separates the ok from the great is a company that offers their clients a dedicated catering manager they have easy access to – this makes the world of difference if problems occur, it is highly recommended.
Director of Bloomsbury Films, Andrew Cussens, concludes: “Since we’ve had the pleasure to provide professional videography for a vast number of weddings both in the UK and abroad, we have seen how easily poor catering can ruin the magic of nuptial events. We hope that the tips we’ve provided will help couples avoid shabby catering so that nothing puts a damper on their Special Day.”