Foodie brides and grooms you’re going to love this super helpful post about wedding catering!

Recently I attended the book launch of  Style Me Vintage: Weddings written by the lovely and ever inspiring Annabel of Love My Dress.
It was a fabulous night for so many reasons, one of them being that I
got to sample the creative, delicious and beautifully presented delights
of Kalm Kitchen who catered the event. ‘Yum’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Kalm Kitchen is
an award-winning catering company renowned for exceptional cuisine
using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, delivered with flawless
finesse throughout weddings and events in London and the South-East.

And, lucky for us, they are sharing their top tips on choosing your wedding caterer.

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I’ve peppered the post with mouth-watering photos of Kalm Kitchen‘s culinary awesomeness – from creative canapes to delightful desserts. So prepare yourselves for a visual feast!

How To Choose Your Wedding Caterer

When selecting a catering company you are looking for excellent
food, service and the ability to work with the enormity of the detail
involved in your day. There are certain key factors that you should
discuss when meeting your caterer for the first time.

 

Availability

First and foremost you need to see if your caterer is available
on the date you require and find out what the booking and payment
process is. Be sure to understand at what point your date becomes secure
and when payments are needed. The last thing you want is a sudden shock
and unexpected bill just before the wedding.

We suggest that you ideally start researching and meeting with
caterers at least 9 months before your wedding. Many venues may have a
list of preferred suppliers, including caterers, so once your date is
chosen and the venue is booked that’s a great time to start contacting
catering companies

Budget

It is important you get an early indication of catering costs and
what they include. Ask about what options are available to you, if you
are on a limited budget tell your caterer what it is – ideally they
should be able to provide a package to suit your needs. Consider
what is and what isn’t included in the price as often this can vary from
one caterer to the next.

The big things to look out for are whether your quote includes
VAT – you really don’t want to get stung if this is overlooked.
Different caterers may or may not include tableware and linen hire
within their quotes so make sure you run this past them as again it’s
not something you want to have to find extra budget for right before the
wedding.

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Quality of Food

When selecting your caterer you are looking for stunning
presentation paired with sensational taste. Ask to see a portfolio of
the caterers work with pictures of their food. It is important that your
caterer has professional, commercial facilities and a team of talented
individuals to serve your guests on the day. When meeting your caterer
it’s advisable to ask about the quality and sustainability of the
produce they source. Creating seasonal menus will impact highly on the
quality and taste of you meal.

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Tasting Session

Check the caterer offers a tasting experience but be conscious
that popular caterers will have limited availability throughout the
summer season. A tasting will allow you to fully understand the quality,
style and presentation of their food and gives you the opportunity to
explore how your own ideas can be worked into their existing menus.

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Setting the Scene

It is important to remember the importance a caterer plays in
your day, with the exception of brides using a wedding planner, your
caterer is likely to be the last supplier to dress your tables before
the celebrations begin. At Kalm Kitchen we take great care to ensure
that every element of décor – including the flowers, tablecentres and
candles look perfect next to our tableware, we go above and beyond to
ensure a couple’s vision is achieved on the day. It’s vital your caterer
takes the care and time needed to achieve this.

Setting the Scene

It is important to remember the importance a caterer plays in
your day, with the exception of brides using a wedding planner, your
caterer is likely to be the last supplier to dress your tables before
the celebrations begin. At Kalm Kitchen we take great care to ensure
that every element of décor – including the flowers, tablecentres and
candles look perfect next to our tableware, we go above and beyond to
ensure a couple’s vision is achieved on the day. It’s vital your caterer
takes the care and time needed to achieve this.

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Service

Finally, service is extremely important, equal to the quality and
style of your food. It’s important that you receive the upmost level of
service right from your initial inquiry, through to your tasting
session right up until the end of the wedding day itself. Your caterer
should provide you with the enthusiasm, excitement and expertise your
wedding deserves!

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