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Catering Advice for Couples

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are so many things to think about! We meet with couples all the time to plan their perfect day and we’ve come across a few common questions. So, to give advice to all the newlyweds out there coordinating their nuptials, Scarborough Fare Catering has put together a list of what couples often ask, and what we like to tell them. Here is our best catering advice for couples.

How do we determine a budget for the wedding?

Start by discussing what is important to you both. Sometimes what’s most important isn’t necessarily the same for the bride and the groom. For some it’s the food and drinks, and for others it can be the venue, photographer, entertainment, etc. Once you’ve determined what is most important for you both on your big day, you can better map out a budget. Allot more funds to the things that matter most to you!

How do we select a food style or theme?

First of all, couples need to think about what they want the experience to be. Will the wedding be casual, fun or upscale? Then, you have to consider the differing costs associated with these options. After you’ve homed in on a feel for your day, we will work with you to create the perfect menu and the perfect way to serve it – whether that be a seated meal, buffet or food stations. We can also make sure that your menu items are fresh, seasonal and compliment your venue!

How much food do we need to have?

We suggest that you have a good variety of options for your guests and we always love the idea of passed hors d’oeuvres and/or a beautiful fruit and artisan cheese display during cocktail hour. But, if you hire an experienced caterer, you won’t have to worry about the quantity of food you will need. Just give us your guest count and we will make sure that there is plenty of everything to go around. AND, we will even make to-go boxes for the bride and groom, because we know many couples are so busy on their big day, they don’t even have a chance to enjoy the food.

What should we think about when picking a venue?

Think about location, guest count, availability and cost initially. If your goal is to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue, make sure that there is room to accommodate that. If you know of a caterer you want to use for your big day, make sure that you are allowed that option by the venue you choose. Some venues do not allow outside catering or charge additional fees for outside vendors. You will also want to ask if there is a work area provided for the caterer on site. If not, the caterer may need to set up their own tent (which will cost you extra).

If you have any other questions about catering your big day, contact Scarborough Fare Catering!

Article Provided By: Allison Thomas