6 Tips Before Starting Your Catering Search to Ease Your Mind

Before you begin your search for a caterer, there are several decisions you can and should make so you can approach the decision with confidence and know exactly what you are looking for. Stay tuned for Part II of this blog, 5 Tips for Choosing a Wedding Caterer for a Memorable Day.

Know Your Wedding Date

You won’t be able to begin the search for a caterer until you’ve decided on your wedding date. Otherwise, it will be impossible to tell which of your options are available on that day. This may be a given, but in the chaos of preplanning this simple step can easily get lost.

Choose Your Venue

Venues have a big impact on catering logistics. Does your venue allow outside vendors? Does your venue have a kitchen? You may want to find a vendor that has catered at your venue for past events if you would like additional peace of mind.

Set Your Budget

Catering can make up about 20-25% of your budget on average. Knowing your budget will streamline the process of selecting a menu with your caterer.

Be Clear on Your Vision

Make sure you create a detailed plan outlining your theme or vision. This will help you find caterers who have worked with similar weddings in the past.

Pick A Dining Style

Is your vision for food something more casual, formal, or in between? Your caterer can help you find options that fit both your budget and style – you don’t have to waste time reviewing options that don’t fit your budget or your vision.

Brainstorm Food & Drink Ideas

If you’re not sure what types of food you want to serve, think about themes. Do you want local options? Fancy options? Southern options? You don’t need to know your menu before interviewing caterers, but having an idea of what you want can help your caterer offer the best options for your special day.

J&J is here to help with your Wedding

Wherever you are in your wedding planning process, consider renting from J&J Tent and Party Rentals. Also, be sure to check out our preferred caterers on our Friends of J&J page.

No matter the size of the venue, budget, or individual needs, J&J is here to help. Contact us today at (919) 977-3691.

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