When you are planning a wedding, it can feel like you have a million and one decisions to make in the process. From the dress to the flowers to who will be in the wedding party, you are constantly making major decisions that can and will have a big impact on your wedding day. One of the many decisions you will need to make as you are wedding planning is choosing a caterer. The right catering service can make your wedding reception feel like a dream come true while the wrong caterer could potentially make everybody miserable. Get to know some of the ways that you can choose the right caterer for your wedding, and you can be sure the food at your reception is perfect for your big day. 

Buffet vs Sit-Down Meal

One of the big factors you will need to consider when you are choosing a caterer for your wedding is whether you want a buffet at your reception where guests serve themselves or if you want to opt for a sit-down meal where food is served to the table. Some catering services will offer both types of meals while others exclusively offer one or the other. It is important to know what type of meal service you want so you are not surprised on your big day with how the reception meal is set up.

Number of Servers

In addition to choosing the type of meal you will be having, make sure you talk to the catering services you interview about the number of servers they will have available for your event. The number of servers, whether they are replenishing the buffet or bringing and clearing plates of food from the tables, can make a big difference in keeping the flow of your wedding reception going. 

If you are short servers, people will have to wait longer to get their meals in a sit-down service setting. Alternatively, if the buffet is not replenished quickly because there are too few servers, your guests may not get to enjoy all of the elements of the meal you are providing them. 

Dietary Considerations

If you or some of your guests have special dietary restrictions, you need to choose a caterer that is willing to accommodate those restrictions. You also want to find the caterer that has several options available for people with those restrictions. For example, you do not want a caterer that will just throw pasta and sauce together for a vegetarian. You want a caterer that will offer you several vegetarian entree meals to pick and choose from. 

Meeting your dietary needs as well as those of your guests is one of the most important aspects of catering your reception. You don't want to serve a person with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) a meal that might be contaminated with gluten, for example. Be sure to extensively go over dietary requirements with your potential caterers and choose the one most willing and prepared to meet those needs. 

Now that you know some of the factors to consider when choosing the right caterers for your wedding, you can start meeting with potential caterers, like Benedict's Catering & Events, right away.