Catering to the Bride and Groom (and Dozens of Other Involved Individuals)
Wedding catering is possibly one of the most exciting, yet stressful, types of event catering. It is an opportunity for chefs to implement their most creative, high-level catering ideas, with an elegance that is rarely matched in most types of event catering. The opportunity to make a major life occasion so much more memorable, for a couple and their guests, is both the icing on the cake and the source of high pressure, for wedding catering. A caterer will have to offer catering ideas to the hosts, but deal with their every whim and desire. Sometimes the bride’s family and the groom’s family will not be able to come to an agreement about the set-up, styles of service, or catering menu, and it is the caterer’s burden to try to appease both parties. How to cater a wedding is no simple matter. Many factors need to be considered in order to plan all facets of the event.
Event Catering, the Whole Package?
In some weddings, the catering service handles the table décor, in addition to the food. In others, the event planner, or hosting families organize the table settings. Elegant tableware is a necessity. The hosts will decide to what extent and how they would like the table decorated, and whether to leave it to the catering service. The wedding catering may be expected to provide minimal vases for centerpiece flowers, but for more complex and intricate centerpieces, the hosts are likely to hire a wedding designer or florist. The catering service is usually responsible for hiring waiters for events with individual serving. The waiters should be briefed about the timing of the different courses, how to serve, when to clear off, how to dress, and every other factor that will affect the service, down to the last detail.
Wedding Catering Food Options
When sorting out the details of how to cater a wedding, the catering service and those planning the wedding must decide on a menu and the best styles of service for the event: buffet service, individual serving, or a little of both. If the wedding catering company is not setting up the table decorations, they will still need the proper equipment for the buffet service, if all or part of the meal will be served buffet-style. The catering service will have to work with the hosts to reach a balance between quality, quantity and affordability, when constructing the catering menu. However, it is always expected that the level of the food and the presentation at a wedding, will be of the highest caliber. The menu will probably be affected by the time of year and time of day of the wedding, as well. Meat will probably not be served early in the morning; hot soup is a great appetizer for the winter, but less appealing in the summer. All these factors need to be discussed before strategizing how to cater a wedding.
For many couples, a wedding is the most important event in their lives. Being hired for wedding catering is therefore an honor, and a huge responsibility. Every factor of the wedding that will be influenced in any way by the food and styles of service must be thought out by the caterer. Wedding catering provides an opportunity for chefs to go all out with food presentation and create a more gourmet meal than most other event catering budgets will allow. With wedding season right around the corner, catering companies should make sure they have all the necessary equipment and knowledge to make the most of wedding catering opportunities.