You’re probably familiar with what wedding caterers do, and maybe you even know a few professionals in the industry. From your view, planning a party may seem glamorous, exciting, and interesting – and many wedding catering specialists truly do enjoy high levels of job satisfaction. However, there’s a lot of work and attention to detail behind the glamour. To understand what’s really involved, we asked for experience and advice from a Manhattan wedding catering professional, Thomas Oliver’s Gourmet Catering.
1. Establishing a Realistic Budget: Couples head into a catering consultation with a very specific view of what they want their wedding to be – often based upon the elegant affairs they seen in movies, TV, or in magazines. It’s the job of a wedding caterer to make these dreams come true, but within a realistic budget. The first conversation will center on the guest list, venue, theme, and how the funds will cover it all.
2. The Menu, Service, and Setting: The food is central in a reception, but a wedding caterer will consider factors far beyond what couples anticipate. Success starts with aligning the menu, service, and setting with the venue itself. It may not be realistic to serve a sit down dinner at an art gallery or historic structure, whereas these venue would be perfect for a light buffet or passed appetizers.
3. Managing Guest Expectations: Every couple knows they’ll have “that” guest who requires special attention during the wedding reception. Fewer brides and grooms, however, know how to address the situation. They key is managing guest expectations before they become an annoyance or disruption. Wedding caterers know how to plan ahead for contingencies you didn’t anticipate.
4. Relationships with Suppliers: Even if you’ve decided on the menu and it’s well within your budget, you may not know where to begin with ordering food – let alone arranging glassware, tables, serving pieces, chairs, linens, and utensils. Wedding caterers have daily communications with food purveyors, including the supplier for that seasonal menu you’ve got your eye on for a Spring wedding. These professionals also have close relationships with the best sources for party rentals, décor, flowers, and other key vendors. Their repeat business also means you get the most cost-effective price.
5. Transportation and Logistics: On your own, you have no trouble getting around Manhattan by subway or taxi. There’s a lot more involved with a wedding. You need to ensure food, the cake, the wedding party, and other critical components get where they need to be, on time and without a hitch. Wedding caterers develop strategies around transportation for people and logistics of essential elements. They’re well-practiced because they do it every day.
If you’re getting married and need help with planning, make sure to reach out to us today. We will find the right caterer and take care of everything else to make sure that you have the wedding day of your dreams.