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Questions for Wedding Caterers

Find the right vendor by asking the right questions

By Michelle Bolyn

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It's recommended that you interview two or three caterers before selecting one. When you attend the interview, you'll want to have a list of questions prepared to ask. Afterwards you'll be able to sit down with your fiancé and compare the caterers' answers. This isn't a comprehensive list of questions, so feel free to add more based on your needs and circumstance, but definitely ask the questions below of any caterer.

Availability and budget

It may seem obvious, but it's essential information. Find out if the caterer is available on your wedding date and whether they can even work within your budget. Ask for a price list.

Menu

What kind of food does the caterer specialize in? Can they customize the menu for your wedding based on your preferences? Are they willing to make items that aren't on your menu?

Tasting

Most caterers should offer you the option to do a tasting, but it never hurts to ask if the caterer offers a free tasting with their services.

Contact

Find out who the point person or main chef will be on the day of the wedding. Ask if this person will also oversee the tasting? You want the main contact to be present on the wedding day.

Multiple weddings

Determine whether the caterer has other wedding engagements on the day you will be married. If they have more than one, ask how they manage multiple weddings.

About the Author

Michelle Bolyn regularly writes on weddings and relationships.

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