It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful. From venues to photographers, hairstylists to florists, there seems to be an endless amount of planning needed. You want your wedding to be perfect (we don’t blame you) and one of the most important parts of a wedding is the caterer. But how far in advance should you book your wedding caterer?
“A good wedding caterer will work within your budget and guest count to plan the perfect menu for your big day.”
The first thing you might be asking yourself is “Do I even need a caterer for my wedding?”. And the answer is always “Yes”. Whether you’re having an intimate 50-person wedding or an extravagant 300-person celebration, it’s best to have a professional wedding caterer help plan your menu.
Should we serve everything buffet style or as a plated dinner?
Do we really need to offer chicken, beef, fish, and a vegetarian option?
Should there be interactive food stations?
Your caterer will answer all of these questions and help you decide on your reception’s serving style, while also providing a pre-wedding tasting to choose your specific dishes.
Whether you want your menu served buffet style or as a full sit-down dinner, it needs to go off without a hitch, and that’s where the caterer comes in. A good wedding caterer will work within your budget and guest count to plan the perfect menu for your big day.
“We recommend booking your wedding venue and wedding caterer at least 12 months in advance.”
Before booking any vendors you should have a rough idea of which vendors you’ll need, and when you’ll need to book them by. It’s recommended to book your venue and caterer first, since these are the most important vendors and communication between them is key.
Your venue can also play an important role when booking your caterer. For example, the venue that you choose may have an in-house caterer, or a list of preferred caterers that you can choose from instead of bringing an outside caterer and paying an expensive landmark fee.
We recommend booking your wedding venue and wedding caterer at least 12 months in advance. Popular venues get booked quickly, so the earlier you can lock in your date, the better! If you don’t have a specific venue in mind, another option is to book your caterer first. A good caterer will work with you to find the perfect venue for your wedding.
“A good caterer goes beyond just providing food for your wedding.”
A good caterer goes beyond just providing food for your wedding. A full-service caterer will also coordinate rentals like linens and serve ware, as well as staffing. This helps reduce a lot of the logistical planning on your end, which means it also helps reduce stress!
When choosing the right caterer for your wedding there are some important things to consider:
“Planning a wedding is always a little bit stressful but choosing the right caterer can help alleviate a lot of this stress.“
Planning a wedding is always a little bit stressful but choosing the right caterer can help alleviate a lot of this stress. Booking a wedding caterer is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding, and ideally you’ll want to book your caterer at least 12 months in advance. Things book fast, especially in big cities like Toronto, so just remember—the earlier the better! If you’re in need of a wedding caterer contact us today to see how we can help.
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