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David Tutera
David Tutera

What to Look for When Selecting Your Caterer

Planning your wedding reception can be stressful. Everything from selecting the venue, decor and caterer can seem overwhelming for many soon-to-be-wed couples. And there’s no denying that choosing your caterer can be one of the most stressful decisions in the wedding planning process.

Queen Street Catering, the company that catered Mariana and Chris’ wedding in South Carolina, provided us with tips on what to look for when selecting the wedding caterer that is right for you. A full-service, premiere catering company with over 37 years in the hospitality industry, we think we’ll take Queen Street Catering’s tips to heart!

DO:

1. Look for hospitable service

Many brides-to-be make the mistake of choosing their caterer solely on what menu(s) they offer, and while that’s certainly important, it’s equally, if not more, important to choose a caterer with a reputation of hospitable service. You may have a delicious gourmet meal planned for your wedding guests, but if the catering company has terrible service or brings with them servers with bad attitudes, that can completely overshadow that delightful meal – leaving a bad taste in guests mouth, literally and figuratively!

2. Understand their strengths

Fully understanding your caterer’s strengths is an important factor to consider when making your decision to hire a wedding caterer. If you have a particular type of cuisine in mind, use a caterer who specializes in it. Not only will the caterer have the right resources and equipment to make the food, but will also know how to properly prepare the food meaning better and tastier results.

3. Consider a full-service caterer

A full-service catering company means that, in addition to preparing the food, they can or will handle everything from table settings, bar service and cleanup. Using a full-service caterer is highly beneficial for many reasons, one being that you won’t have to hire and pay additional staff for table setup, bar service, cleanup, etc.

4. Research your caterer’s previous events, reviews, etc.

Doing your due diligence is key when selecting a caterer. How long has the catering company been in business? What kinds of events are they typically hired for? What do their reviews reveal about them? All of these questions will shed light on important aspects of the catering company and whether they’re the perfect fit for you, your wedding reception, and your guests.

Thank you Queen Street Catering for making Mariana and Chris’ wedding such a delight!

David

Photos provided by: Kim Craven Photography

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