The secret to a successful wedding meal is to cater to the crowd while bringing your own personality to the menu. Not all weddings  serve elaborate meals. Dinner is the most common meal but also the most costly. If you have budget concerns, a cocktail reception with platters of hors d oeuvres can be just as satisfying and elegant.  

If you choose an afternoon wedding, light hors d oeuvres, or your wedding cake and a choice of beverages is enough to fulfill the food portion of a wedding. If you choose an evening wedding then you should plan on simple hors doeuvres or a menu meal for your guests along with beverages. Trending simple inexpensive menus include: a nacho bar, a baked potato bar, shrimp cocktail and a salad bar or simply cake and punch.

Questions you should ask your caterer

  • Are you licensed by the state or health department?
  • Do you have a commercial kitchen and what is your approach to food preparation?
  • How large is your staff?
  • How will wait staff be attired?
  • How many wedding have you done?
  • What meal choices do I have and what are the costs of each?
  • Do you prepare for additional guests?
  • Are meals served or are they self service?
  • If meals are self service, how do you handle portion control?
  • Do you provide simple beverages such as water and iced tea?
  • Is the cost reduced if we supply the plates, flatware and cups?
  • Are there hidden fees?
  • Do you provide the decorations for the buffet station?
  • If I choose a cocktail hour, how many waiters will be passing hors d’oeuvres?
  • How are leftovers handled?
  • Do you carry liability insurance? What are the coverage's?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • How much time is needed for setup and breakdown?
  • Are setup and cleanup fees included in the estimate?

Because the cake is such an integral part of the wedding, make sure you book the cake artist of your choice several months in advance. For budget considerations, check local bakeries for less expensive options than a cake artist. Make sure you bring photos of cakes you like to demonstrate your style for your cake.

 Questions to ask your Cake Maker

  • Are you available for my wedding date?
  • How long have you been baking cakes?
  • Are you licensed by the state and inspected by the health department?
  • Do you have a commercial kitchen?
  • When do you actually bake the cake? How do you keep it fresh?
  • Is there a delivery and setup fee?
  • If I would like fresh flowers on my cake, do you provide them? Do you put them on?
  • What is the deposit, total and terms of my agreement with you?
  • How is pricing established?

Caterers & Cake Artists