Hello there lovely brides to be!
Today I’m going to be talking about catering. I know, I know its probably one of the more difficult to things to organise because we all know that catering is a big part of any Asian wedding to say the least. The older generation especially always remember the food and if it isn’t right then we never hear the end of it! *Oh my god to you remember the roti – it was terrible, the service was also sooooooo slow* (in your Aunty ji’s accent).
Don’t let this scare you. There are lots and lots of very high quality and reputable caterer’s out there who are also competitively priced, you just need to ask the right questions (and that’s where I come in – doing the hard work so you don’t have to) and negotiate like HELL! Yes yes, don’t be shy just haggle away. Did I tell you know that I managed to reduce nearly £8k on the quote I was originally given because I decided that I didn’t need 6 different canapés and I bargained hard – do what your momma told you and haggle! It’s actually quite fun 🙂
Anyway what you need to do is get the catering right for your wedding which is both within your budget and your vision for your wedding.
I’ll be writing a blog post soon about hand-picked Asian wedding caterers across the UK but first I wanted you to think about a couple of things when you are getting your quotes from caterers. OK OK, you may now even be thinking but Sharn I don’t even know any caterers or I don’t even know where to start. I can help with this, ping me an email on email@example.com and I’ll gladly offer some advice to help you get started (yay).
The things you need to think about
1. First of all its important that you know the style of catering you want. For example do you want traditional Punjabi food or is it traditional Gujrati you are going for? For me it was about the authentic Punjabi food but I wanted a twist and the food had to be contemporary. So make sure you are clear on what you want.
2. What do you want included in your menu? Do you want canapés? A live cooking station? The general consensus is canapés, starters, mains and desserts. Also have a think about drinks, do you want reception drinks? Mocktails or champagne?
3. When you send out your quotes make sure you are clear on your guest numbers and let the caterer know your venue. Ask them – have they catered for a wedding there before? Also find out from your venue if they have onsite kitchen and catering facilities or will the caterer need to bring a mobile kitchen.
4. Ask for a breakdown of all costs and make sure they give you an option for cutlery and crockery, soft drinks, and staff. Nowadays many caterers do everything from decor to lazy susan’s so if you’re interested get a breakdown of these too. If your having a Punjabi wedding like me – does the cost include the morning breakfast?
5. Negotiate, negotiate and negotiate as I mentioned above. Just keep going back and asking if it’s the best price they can do, you’ll save yourself tons of dollar in the long run and I’ll be a happy bunny when you do!
I’ll also be creating the ultimate catering check-list so watch out for that! If you have any questions ping me an email or comment below.
Have a fabulous day!
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