Wedding Planning 101: A Caterer’s Guide



Providing wedding catering services since 2011, Social Pantry know a thing or two about providing the perfect wedding food ideas.


Read below for the latest tips from our professional perspective to help you choose your wedding caterers with confidence.


Conversation is key

Do you have a set idea on how you envisage your wedding food menu or are you open to all suggestions when it comes to wedding meal ideas. No detail too big or small should be too much of a task for your wedding caterer therefore good communication is key when it comes to considering your wedding food ideas. Ensure you feel comfortable with whoever you chose to provide your catering services. A good wedding caterer will work with you and communicate every step of the way, to make sure every detail is fine-tuned to ensure every requirement or consideration for your perfect wedding reception is met.


Pleasing your party

Dietary requirements are an important factor when it comes to picking the perfect wedding caterer. Whether you want to go for more of a traditional formal dinner or a laidback buffet style, it’s vital that the whole wedding party is covered including those with allergies and religious requirements. Check that your wedding caterer has a wide range of options to please every palate.


Knowing your numbers

The size of your wedding party is essential when deciding upon your catering services and can impact on your budget and wedding meal ideas. Work to a rough number of guests from the beginning but make sure there is always room for dropouts and lastminute add-ons until the day is in sight. There’s nothing worse than under-estimating the food you will need but over-estimating can be costly and wasteful. An experienced wedding caterer will be able to advise on the perfect quantity and suitable wedding food menu depending on the size of your party.


Reliable recommendations

Wedding caterers may be able to promise you the world on a plate but there’s nothing more trustworthy than personal recommendations from couples who have used their services for their own special days. Don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials from their previous clients and take time to read online reviews. Take notice of not only the ratings for their wedding meal ideas but also their service as a whole. Professionalism and reliability is a key requirement on your big day for all of your suppliers and will set your mind at ease knowing that you have picked the wedding caterer perfect for you.


Caterer contracts

As this year has shown, contracts are vitally important when planning your big day and all eventualities should be considered, even global pandemics!

Before agreements are made and money is exchanged make sure a contract is in place that you are confident gives you peace of mind and protection. Discuss the contract with your wedding caterer so you are both clear on expectations and there are no hidden costs down the line.


Perfect presentation

It’s not just the wedding day menu you need to consider when choosing which catering services are right for you. There are many other factors that can impact the company you opt for. As well as serving delicious food suitable for every guest’s needs, as with everything on your big day, it’s important it looks good too. An excellent caterer will be able to serve up your chosen wedding day meal in a creative and professional manner that fits with the overall feel of your big day. How your food is served is also to be given thought. How many staff will be on hand at your wedding party and do they have a uniform policy? They might provide the most delicious wedding day meals but if they’re served by staff wearing jeans and vest tops it might not have the desired affect!


The little details

It’s easy to overlook the more basic of requirements when you tie the knot but they are things that wedding caterers are often able to advise on. Plates and cutlery, chair covers and serviettes, they’re all often essential basics required for your reception. Establish from the beginning what exactly your wedding caterers provide which will ensure you’re not left hunting down tablecloths the night before your big day.

Here at Social Pantry we pride ourselves on our dedication and transparency and our wedding team are only too happy to discuss your perfect day’s details and how we can bring your dream to life.

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