20 Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer Before You Hire One

1. What can you recommend for my budget, based on the style, time and date of my wedding? How much does it cost per person?
A caterer usually charges on a per-person basis. You will need to know the number of guests you plan to invite. The caterer should also give you a date deadline for submitting your final number of guests.

2. Do you specialize in a particular type of cuisine?  wedding catering nj Will that style fit my budget? Can I request a special recipe?
Be sure the style of food fits what you envision for your wedding reception. Maybe there’s an appetizer or entre that is special to you and your family. It would be a definite plus for the caterer to work it into the menu.

3. Do you have other weddings booked for the same weekend or the day and time?
Be sure your caterer has a concrete plan for handling all the business they have lined up for the time of your wedding.

4. Do you hold a license?
This applies to health department requirements and liability insurance. Beware of a caterer that doesn’t readily provide this information.

5. Does the cost-per-person work differently for a buffet style setup versus a sit-down dinner?
The answer is probably “yes,” but it is worth asking.

6. Do you include all charges in the cost-per-person?
Some caterers include the cost of the staff, rentals, linens and food in their cost-per-person. Find out if this is the case, so you can comparison shop smartly.

7. Can you provide a detailed list of included and additional charges?
Caterers are going to charge you for every service provided (at a premium price). Be sure you know what all the charges are. A good caterer will list out all charges including for-instance charges in case the reception starts late (overtime charges), gratuities and set-up/clean-up charges.

8. Do you provide any extras?
Some caterers provide the glasses and other dinnerware, linens, tables, chairs, serving dishes, etc. You will want to know their price and find out the price it would cost for you to arrange these items from a wedding equipment vendor. It may be worth the extra money to have the caterer handle i