Choosing a Wedding Caterer? Here are Five Things to Remember

When choosing a wedding caterer, you’re choosing the vendor who will provide you with one of the most important and memorable components of your big day. Indeed, if there’s one part of the reception that will stand out in the minds of your guests, it’s the food. But choosing a caterer isn’t just about picking food; there are actually a few different considerations you should make as you try to find the best caterer for your big day.

Here are five things we recommend you keep in mind.

Menu Flexibility

A lot of caterers have a few standard, pre-set options that they can provide—menu items they’ve perfected and found to be crowd-pleasers. That’s great, unless you have a family-favorite dish that you’re just dying to have at your wedding. Make sure your caterer can offer some flexibility—providing you not only with a nice variety of options, but also the chance to request your own spin on things.

Bar Services

Does your caterer provide a bar service—and if so, what options are available to you in terms of specialty cocktails? Make sure you know what you’re looking for by way of drinks, and ask your prospective caterer for a run-down of what they do.

Dishes, Etc.

Always ask whether your caterer provides things like plates, glassware, and utensils—and if so, what the fee is. This is a significant part of the catering cost, so it’s something you’ll want to be clear on before you make your decision.

Linens

Along the same lines, make sure you ask about linen provisions. You want to make sure the linens are good-quality—i.e., floor-length, in most cases. Ask about fees, too!

Experience and Customer Satisfaction

One final note: Menu options and linen prices aside, not all caterers are created equal—and to make sure your big day is special, it’s wise to seek someone with a proven track record and an excellent customer service mentality. Ask for credentials and referrals, but also listen to your gut instinct. If you simply don’t like working with a particular caterer, that’s all the reason you need to look elsewhere.

Of course, we are always happy to talk with you about our own catering services and our rich, long-lasting experience. Reach out to Mosteller Events today to start the conversation, or to request a quote.

10 Things Every Bride Should Do on the Eve of Her Wedding

By the time the eve of your wedding rolls around, you’ve (hopefully!) got all the planning done, everything put into its right place for your big day. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still things you can do to prepare, however. Allow us to show you what we mean, with a list of 10 things every bride might consider on the night before her wedding.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

  1. Eat a healthy meal. If you’re anxious or stressed, you may prefer a nice slice of pizza or a greasy burger—but then again, the last thing you want is to wake up the next morning feeling bloated, or struggling with a food hangover. Keep it light!
  2. Drink some water. You may still be running around attending to last-minute wedding planning items. Reduce stress and dehydration by drinking plenty of H2O.
  3. Sleep. Yeah, it’s tough—but getting into bed, turning off your phone and other devices, and just trying to calm yourself can be an important way to get ready for the big day.
  4. Give your phone to the Maid of Honor. One way to keep calm is to check out of Facebook and text for a night—perhaps by silencing your phone and handing it over to someone who can watch after it for you.
  5. Pack a clutch. Whatever you’ll need for the reception, pack it the night before.
  6. Get some cash. You may have a vendor or two you’ll want to tip, so stop by the ATM.
  7. Create a list of vendor information. Include names, contact info, and what time they’re supposed to arrive—then, pass that information off to whoever is your vendor point person on the big day.
  8. Watch something funny. A sitcom or a romantic comedy can make for a nice, soothing night’s entertainment.
  9. Thank the people who’ve helped you. It takes a village to plan a wedding. On the eve before the big day, pause to express your gratitude.
  10. Take some deep breaths. A Yoga breathing app can guide you through some truly soothing, mind-focusing exercises.

Enjoy Your Wedding Day—Really

It’s more than possible for brides to let go of their stress and truly enjoy their wedding. We hope these tips provide some insight. Come back to the Mosteller Events blog for more wedding day guidance!

 

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Wedding Vendors

In the weeks and months leading up to your big day, there will be many issues you’ll want to discuss with your wedding vendors. Ensuring clear communication with them is key, but it’s not always easy. Here are a few tips that we hope will make things a little bit more efficient, and a little less stressful!

Tips for Communicating with Wedding Vendors

Keep things organized. Trying to communicate with some vendors from your work email, others from a personal email, and still others from an internal messaging service can be quite challenging. Try to streamline your communication efforts, and have one central way in which you connect with vendors.

Have the right expectations. Remember that your wedding vendors are people too, and many of them are small business owners, at that. Your big day is important to them, but they do have families, other clients, and outside interests. You should definitely expect prompt communication, but at the same time, you can’t rightly expect the email you send at 2 AM to be returned within five minutes!

Keep things simple and direct. If you have a problem to address or a request to make, it’s usually best to just get straight to the point. Be honest and succinct. You don’t need several paragraphs of build-up. Just tell your vendors what you want!

Put things in writing. It’s generally best to provide written requests whenever possible—if for no other reason than it minimizes the risk of your vendor missing some of the details. Written requests simply offer clarity.

Establish contact people. To take some of the work off your own plate, you might enlist a point of contact for each vendor—an aunt, a sister, a member of your bridal party. Get some buffers around you, and some people to help you keep track of all the goings on of your big day!

Keep Communication as a Top Priority

No matter what else you do, keep lines of communication open. Remember that your vendors want to make your day special, and to help them do so, you’ve just got to be honest and direct with them.

At Mosteller Events, we’re always excited to talk with brides and with event planers. To learn more about what we offer, we invite you to contact our team today!

 

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