Beyond The Menu: 3 Things To Discuss With Your Wedding Caterer

After you choose your menu, it can be easy to think that you've discussed everything you need to with your caterer. However, there are still some important things you need to go over with your wedding caterer. Make sure you schedule an appointment to discuss dinnerware, vendor meals and leftovers. 

Ask About Dinnerware

The catering company you hire for your wedding should provide you with more than just the food to eat. They should also offer to provide the dinnerware and silverware for your wedding. 

If you have a particular vision for your wedding, ask to see the dinnerware beforehand to make sure it meets your standards. If you don't plan on using your catering company's dinnerware, and plan on renting or purchasing your own, make sure you let them know your plans in advance. 

Ask About Vendor Meals

Depending on the length of your wedding, you should serve not just your guests but your vendors as well. Your wedding photographer, wedding coordinator and wedding band or D.J. would probably appreciate a meal. 

Many catering companies offer a discount for vendor meals; be sure to inquire about this discount. Make sure you provide them with an accurate head count of how many vendor meals they will need to prepare.

You should also see if your caterer can set up a nice place for your vendors to eat that is out of sight from your other wedding events.  

Discuss What To Do With Leftovers

If you don't make a plan for your leftovers, the catering company you hire may just split them among themselves or leave them for you to deal with at the end of the wedding.

Set up an established plan for any leftovers. Ask them to be packed up, and see if your caterer can provide the materials. Have a plan for whom the leftovers will go home with so you don't have to worry about this at the end of your wedding. 

You can also ask your caterer if they can create a specific leftover basket for you and your spouse. Often times, the wedding festivities can be so engaging that you don't end up getting to enjoy the food you so carefully selected. If it is alright with the caterer, taking the leftovers along with you for the next day is a great way to ensure the food does not go to waste.

After you have decided on your menu, make sure you take some time to sit down with your caterer and discuss the issues outlined above. During this meeting, you should also provide your caterer with an itinerary of your wedding day in order to make sure that you are both on the same page.