Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Caterer

By Kathleen Geasey Newport Catering Sales Manager

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The Truth: No two catering proposals are created equal. The world of navigating catering proposals is overwhelming! 

Truth # 2: Hiring a qualified caterer will be one of the best wedding decisions you make.  Ask the

right questions to make sure you know what you are signing up for!

Here is a list of must-ask-questions to get you the caterer that fits your needs and budget: 

  1. Do you cook my wedding food at the reception site?
  2. Does your culinary staff and waitstaff work for your company?
  3. Do you use local purveyors?
  4. Are you licensed and insured?
  5. Do you provide bar service?
  6. Can you provide references?
  7. Who will be on site to manage my wedding?
  8. Do you offer wedding cakes?
  9. Can I customize my menu?
  10. Have you worked at my venue before?
  11. What is your tasting policy?
  12. In addition to food, what do you include in your proposals? China, linen, glassware?

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