By Kristen Tyrrel
The planning has begun and you’ve already planned in your mind the perfect dress, your dream venue, the theme that will awe your guests, and the perfect photographer to capture it. What other details are left? Don’t overlook the all important aspect of feeding your guests. You want the food to be unique, you want it to tie in with the theme and you want it to be delicious. Many venues have their own catering staff on hand and some don’t allow outside food or service. But, many only include the space you will be using, nothing more. It will be up to you to supply the food and try to figure out how to prepare and serve it to all your guests. A caterer is the perfect place to turn.
For weddings large and small catering comes in handy for the mere sake of stress free food. Whether you are planning on having a simple ice cream sundae bar with delectable treats, or a full-fledged sit down dinner, caterers can determine just how much you’ll need and make sure no guest goes unfed. No last minute trips to the grocery store buying extra food- they’ve got it covered. We all know that when the big day arrives you’re going to want to enjoy the party you’ve worked so hard to plan- not stress about whether there is enough shrimp cocktail.
Caterers won’t just give you a menu and have you select “chicken or beef”, rather they will consult with you on your likes and dislikes to create the perfect custom menu. They will then go to work to impress you and make a unique menu you will be proud to share with your guests. Perhaps, heaven forbid, there is a detail the two of you can’t agree upon while choosing a menu. Ken Mignault, of Heritage Catering, explains there are situations when the bride and groom just want different offerings. The bride had her heart set on chicken, but the groom really wanted steak on his wedding day. They made a special steak dinner for him and catered to his desires as well as those of the bride. Both were thrilled!
The authenticity of your day can span all the way from the hors d’oeuvres to desert. Caterers have an artistic skill when it comes to presenting their tasty creations. What you may see as a simple piece of chicken and some green beans, the caterer sees as artistic tools needed to create a masterpiece. You may give details about the colors and theme of your wedding and the caterer can customize the menu accordingly, such as scrolling your initials onto éclairs or using sustainable ingredients.
You may hesitate on catering thinking the price is too high, however consider this; According to Ken, the quality of the ingredient will be much higher- but at the same price. Caterers will take the time to make things from scratch and the end product will be much tastier than trying to mass-produce on your own. Add that in with the remarkable service you’ll receive by having someone lovingly place each morsel of food on serving trays or dishes for you and you’ll have money well spent.
Caterers can be your personal army of culinary angels, using their magic touch to make one large aspect of your wedding day worry free and delicious.