After all the months of dreaming and planning, the big day has finally arrived. You’re going to exchange vows and say, “I do.” All the preparations for your wedding and reception are coming to fruition, so you and your soon-to-be spouse can finally unwind and enjoy your special day. And what better way to celebrate than to indulge in all of the delicious offerings your caterer has prepared for you and your guests?
If you selected a caterer with a high level of professionalism and the willingness to work with you to create a stunning reception that fulfills your dreams and doesn’t bust your budget, then the reception is a time to relax and enjoy the beginning of your life as newlyweds.
If you haven’t yet chosen your caterer, here are 5 things we suggest you consider while making your selection:
Determine the Ambiance of Your Wedding:
The overall theme of your wedding should carry over to your reception. Some receptions might feature a Southern meal with catfish fried on site then served up with heaping helpings of seafood rice and red beans. A more formal reception might feature passed appetizers such as dill fried oysters or bacon-wrapped quail breast for cocktail hour treats. Late night bites (think delicious breakfast tacos) can refuel your guests as they dance the night away.
No matter whether you choose casual or formal, seated or buffet, Goode Company Catering will work closely with you to find the perfect mix of freshly-prepared food for your reception.
Buffet or Sit-Down?:
Another important step in planning your meal is determining the style of service. Do you want your guests to sit and be served during the full dining experience or would you prefer to have buffet-style service?
Goode Company Catering offers both options, along with servers to refill drinks, remove finished plates and ensure that the reception’s food service is run seamlessly.
Tastes and Sips!:
Once you’ve decided on your theme, style of service and food menu, it’s time to pair your selections with drinks. It’s always a good idea to offer plenty of cold, refreshing drinks along with any adult beverages that are being proffered. Ice-cold water, lemonade and tea are crowd pleasers that help those boot-scootin’ guests keep their energy up and their bodies hydrated.
When offering cocktails, you can choose between an open bar or a limited selection. An open bar allows your guests to order an array of wine, beer and cocktails without paying for the drinks. If you offer a limited selection, this usually means that you will provide a specified number of drinks (such as a glass of wine with dinner and a flute of champagne to toast your newly-married status).
You can personalize your wedding by offering signature cocktails of your favorite sips. Whether you have a handwritten menu of your favorite drinks on a chalkboard or a beautifully printed drink menu in a frame on the bar, there are plenty of creative ways to let your guests know about these featured cocktails.
Of course, your Goode Company Catering coordinator is available to help aid in the decision-making process. With our extensive experience, we are able to make the planning process as easy as possible for you.
Translate Your Vision into Reality:
You may have your heart set on a wedding menu you saw online or in a magazine, but here’s the truth – there’s no telling if is really tasted as good as it looked in the pictures. While any catering company worth its salt will listen to and respect your ideas, the most experienced caterers provide insight to help you determine what will and won’t work well for your wedding reception. If you keep an open mind, you may look back and thank your lucky stars that you did!
Choose the Right Caterer for Your Special Day:
Although it can be a lengthy and somewhat daunting process, choosing the right caterer doesn’t have to become overwhelming. The best caterers derive great pleasure in guiding you through the process and won’t intimidate you. In fact, you should feel a partnership develop between the two of you as you work toward a common goal – creating a memorable experience for you and your guests.
Once you’ve identified the right caterer for you, take a moment before signing the contract and making a deposit. Make sure that you’re in agreement about details like the pre-reception set-up and after-party breakdown. Determining the precise scope of your caterer’s services can prevent any misunderstandings or mishaps. If your caterer states that the company only covers some of the services you need, you’ll have to hire additional providers – or choose a different caterer who can handle everything for you.
At Goode Company Catering, we go above and beyond to ensure that all of the planning and preparation comes together and ends your special day on a high note. We provide our own servers and equipment and take charge of the setup and breakdown. Don’t worry about a thing; it’s your job to enjoy the festivities while our team of professionals works its magic.