Essential Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

The food and drink for your wedding reception will likely be a huge chunk of your budget, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting what you want and that you and your caterer are on the same page. That’s why we put together this list of questions to ask a potential caterer to make sure they’re a good fit for your wedding day.

Experience

How many weddings do you do each year?

How long have you been in the catering business?

Have you catered any events at our venue?

Menu & Presentation

Can you create a custom menu for our wedding?

What do your packages include?

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions (e.g. vegan, kosher, etc.)?

Do you provide any décor for buffet tables?

What is the cost per person?

Do you do desserts or cakes? If so, can you show me some of your previous cakes?

Do you do tastings? Is there an extra charge for that?

What type of linens, plates, glassware and flatware do you provide?

What is your cleanup policy?

Drinks

Do you provide alcoholic beverages and bartenders?

Can you create a specialty cocktail?

How do you charge for beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)?

Are drinks like coffee and/or tea included with the per-person meal charge?

Business & Financial Concerns

How much of a deposit do you require?

What is your payment policy?

How many servers will be present? How will they be dressed?

What is your refund or cancellation policy?

Are there any additional fees that we should be aware of?

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