Gosh that is a hard question. How lucky was I to find this write up in the Bridal Guide. It made it so much easier to tell my bride. I wanted to share some tips with you.
You need to search at least 6 to 11 months before your event. You should contact at least 6 catering companies. See what each one has to offer. to many will have you confused.
Before you make an appointment with them Make sure you have your list of questions for each caterer. Don't forget to ask questions like if they accommodated vegetarians, what wines they like, if they work with a team of people? Some companies charge for alcohol and is usually not in the price. Big question to ask!
Always take notes Get to know them. This will help you also make a decision. If you decide to use someone else. Always sent a email saying thank you. You never know when you might run into them or need them for another event.
4-9 months out it's now time to do your sit downs. Start talking about the cost with each of them. After each meeting they all should now present you with a proposal. If it falls within your budget and you like the cater, your next step is the tasting.
The tasting is the fun part for everyone. There are two different types of tasting. Private or open-house. I had my client do a private tasting. They wanted to get their own input then hear others. Also when your at a private tasting, its a good time to go over the menu and talk about cost. Once you have tasted a few different choices set up an apoo9intment to the final tasting. This is when the chef will make you the food they will be serving at the event.
2-7 months before is a good time to sign the contract. Make sure you allow yourself a lot of time. Good caterers are busy and booked up sometimes a year in advance.