What should I ask my wedding caterer?

Posted November 8, 2019 Weddings

You’re planning your big day and you need to find a wedding caterer. This can be a fun, but also stressful process. Here at Queen & Whippet we understand that each wedding is different and that everyone’s needs and requirements will not be the same. However, there are a few questions you should ask your wedding caterer to help make the whole process much smoother. We can also guide you from start to finish, please take a look at our <link> wedding page and menus.

Is there a specific cuisine you specialise in?

Some caterers will have a more specific cuisine that they specialise in and it’s best to know straight away if that fits with what you and your partner want on your wedding day.

We don’t do just one specific cuisine, however we do tend to specialise in British seasonal food, incorporating influences from our clients’ backgrounds and travels.

Do you provide the cutlery, plates, linens and chairs?

This varies from caterer to caterer and each service is different. If they do then it’s always a good idea to ask to see pictures so you know what you’re getting.

We can hire crockery, cutlery and glassware on your behalf and can source tables and chairs if needed.

What does your price include?

It’s always best to ask this and get everything written down as confirmation so there are no nasty surprises.

In our wedding pack you can see our costs per head for each menu. VAT is included in these prices but some additionals such as cutlery or kitchen hire may not be, so it’s best to talk to us for a complete quote.

Do you provide a set menu or can I customise my own? Can you cater for all dietary requirements?

It’s your wedding day and your caterer should be able to cater to your needs. However, some will be more flexible than others. If you want a specific dish or need to cater to dietary requirements then just ask.

We like to be as flexible as we can to your needs, we have set menus to help make your life easier but we can tailor them. So, if you’ve got a family favourite recipe you want us to recreate, or just have a favourite thing you want to eat, then let us know. We also provide lots of veggie and vegan options and can cater to most dietary requirements.

Can you provide children’s and vendors’ meals? How much will they cost? Are they included in the price above?

Generally children’s meals and vendors’ meals are cheaper as they don’t require the plating or size of other meals. However, it’s always best to ask.

We can provide both and we can quote for these as part of your package.

How will you handle last minute requests?

This happens more often than you think, so make sure your caterer has a back up plan.

We’re used to catering for weddings and we understand that things can change. We ask for as much notice as you can give but we’ll always be able to cater for extra guests (within reason).

Do you have a food licence?

If they don’t then please do not use them!

We are fully insured, council registered  and have a 5 star hygiene rating.

Is there an extra charge for menu tastings? When can I book my tastings?

Menu tastings should be long and comprehensive, and you may or may not be charged for this, make sure you find out before you get there.

We offer both private sessions and also occasionally group tastings in the style of a relaxed, informal supper club. Once you’re happy with the quote from us we’ll book in your tasting, and make sure you come with a big appetite!

Most importantly, you should feel comfortable enough to ask your caterer ANYTHING. We try to be as helpful and transparent as possible here at Queen & Whippet, so if there’s anything you’d like to know about wedding or event catering, feel free to drop us a line!