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The most money you'll spend for your wedding reception is on the food, so you want to be sure you're working with a top professional. With that said, here are six questions you should ask potential caterers before hiring them for your wedding:
- Does the caterer specialize in particular types of food or service? Your caterer should provide you with sample menus to look over.
- What is the average price range? Are fees itemized based on the foods you choose, or is there an all-inclusive flat rate? What would the flat rate include (tax, linens and gratuity)? Does he or she have printed price sheets for food selections?
- Will the caterer supply chairs, tables, plates, linens, silverware, etc.? Ask to see the items provided to be sure they're in acceptable condition. Do you need to rent tables, place settings and other items, or will the caterer arrange for the rentals?
- Will he or she be willing to include a recipe from you, such as a special family dish or an appetizer with sentimental significance? Can they fix vegetarian, kosher, kids or halal meals for only a few of your guests?
- Where will the food be prepared? Are there facilities on-site, or do you, the caterer and the site manager need to make other arrangements? If the caterer has to bring his or her own equipment, is there an added fee?
- Does the caterer have a license? (This means his or her business has met health department standards and has liability insurance; also, be sure this includes a liquor license as well if you're having a bar).
For more questions to ask your caterer, visit 17 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer.