The Eloise wedding planning series continues on the blog today, and the next vendor to book on our planning timeline is your Caterer! Over the course of this series, we have been guiding you through your wedding planning journey with educational and practical resources as we walk you through each step of building your wedding dream team and help you plan and prepare for your big day.
Have you been following along in this series with us? Just joining for the first time? Look below to find out where you and your love are in your own wedding planning process, and follow along in the order of our suggested timeline!
12+ Months Before | Venue (click here!)
12+ Months Before | Planner (click here!)
10-12 Months Before | Photographer (click here!)
10-12 Months Before | Caterer
Let’s dive into our next vendor: Your Caterer!
Today’s topic is about one of our personal favorite elements of a wedding day: THE FOOD! Yours too? There’s nothing like bringing people together and sharing a delicious meal with friends and family on the day that you celebrate your love! Like any other element of your wedding day, the food you serve should be a reflection of both of your own tastes, style, and relationship! The one to help you do this? Your caterer.
Many catering companies not only provide food and beverages, but also rentals such as linens, plates, and silverware. Your caterer will help you decide on your reception’s serving style, as well as set up a pre-wedding tasting to help you pick out specific food dishes. (The best part, are we right?!)
Once you’ve explored some food options (yum!) and narrowed down a few caterers, it’s important to meet with them to ask some important questions about their services. Here are a few to start with!
#1: Our venue requires caterers to be licensed and have liability insurance. Do you have these?
#2: Do you accommodate dietary restrictions like vegetarians, vegan, gluten-free,
allergies, etc. ? If so, are there any additional fees?
#3: How much time do you need to set up and clean up?
#4: What is provided in the clean-up service? Will staff clear all plates and food from the tables after dinner
#5: Who will be our point of contact for the planning? Will that person be at the wedding? If not, who will be
in charge on the day of?
NOTE: The Eloise has a prep kitchen for caterers to set up and serve your meal!
Click below to snag our FREE DOWNLOAD full of questions to ask, pro-tips from us, and space to write out your thoughts and notes while meeting with your potential caterer!
Happy wedding planning and stay tuned for more in our planning series!
Venue: The Eloise
Planner: Olive Branch Events Co.
Photography: Megan Menchaca Photography
Florals: Sunborn Gardens
Rentals: Velvet Rentals
Dress: Marah’s Elegant Bridal
Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Earrings: Loop Earring Co.
Hair + Makeup: Lovely Elegance Hair & Makeup
Cake: The Baked Lab
Signage: The Crafty Peach