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What To Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Caterer

So here it is! The next in the series of my mini Wedding Planning Guides and this has to be one of my favourites! Why? Because it’s all about the tastiest part of your wedding, your wedding catering!

You might not know but before I created Hannah Rachael Weddings I was a Senior Event Manager for a Yorkshire based wedding caterer. So, this is definitely a topic which is very close to my heart and one I know a great deal about.

And believe me this really is something you want to get right!

The food served at your wedding is likely to be one of the biggest investments after your venue, so why take any risks?! I’m here to give you my 3 top tips on what to consider when choosing your wedding caterer. As well as my 5 MUST ASK questions.

Top Tip 1

Taste the food before you commit to your caterer. This is so important! Just because everything looks amazing on Instagram unfortunately doesn’t mean it is in real life. Make sure you arrange an initial consultation and where possible a tasting before putting down your deposit. Your wedding catering is likely to be the biggest investment after your venue, so make sure it compliments you and your day.

Top Tip 2

Be true to yourselves. Food is such a big part of your day and you cannot please everyone so honestly don’t try to. It’s your day. Use it as the best excuse to have what you want, whether that be a five-course tasting menu or a dirty burger and fries. Eat the food you truly love.

Top Tip 3

Canapés are so important! They bridge the gap between your ceremony and wedding breakfast stopping guests getting hangry (which you definitely don’t want). Guests get peckish, especially if your wedding ceremony falls over lunchtime & they’ve had a few champagnes. Believe me, your guests will remember feeling hungry, so do not let that be the lasting impression of your day.

Now on to my 5 MUST ASK questions. My new Wedding Catering Guide is full of them, but these are my top 5. The 5 you need to ask in your initial consultation in order to get to know the caterer and to understand if they are the right fit for you!

Must Ask Questions

  1. How would you describe your catering style?
  2. What menus do you offer? (plated, BBQ, sharing, buffet etc.)
  3. Can you create a bespoke menu for our wedding?*
  4. Have you worked at our venue before and what do you require from our venue?
  5. Do you offer a menu tasting before we book and is there a charge for this?

*Not everyone will require a bespoke menu for their wedding, however if you are looking for a specific dish or themed menu, you must ask this at your initial consultation. Some caterers do not specialise or offer certain cuisines or variations from their set menus.

I could honestly talk about this ALL DAY LONG. Not just because I love food, but because it is such a pivotal part of your day. There is just so much to talk about from menu styles, service and presentation to how to use your food to tell a story.

But what I really want you to take away from this is; the food served at your wedding is what brings your guests together. It’s what gets everyone talking and will be what everyone talks about, good or bad, long after your wedding. As well as showcasing who you are as a couple.

You spend so much of your wedding day eating, so make sure it truly represents you and is something that you’re excited about. You only get one shot at this, so make sure your caterers are the best fit for you and your unique day.

Now this really is just a quick sneak peek into the world of wedding catering. Everything you need to know, including all my must ask questions can be found in my free Wedding Catering Guide. To get hold of your copy all you need to do is click the button below!

Use my Wedding Catering Guide as a tool to help you hunt out the most delicious menus you can possibly find.

My Wedding Planning Guides are designed for couples looking to create a day which is unique, exquisitely planned and full of detail. Why risk missing any detail when you can have your own mini wedding planner with you every step of the way? Keeping you on track and up to date with everything you need to know.

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Planning Advice

3 Reasons to Hire A Wedding Planner

As you lovelies voted for my next blog to be all about wedding timelines, it really got me thinking. Thinking about how important it is to have a plan for your wedding day.

By now you’ve probably spent numerous hours planning your wedding, choosing your suppliers and the wonderful elements which will make your day special. But have you thought about how all these details will come together on the day itself? The running order, the timings and the set up? Probably not so much and why should you of? You’ve most likely never done this before. So, I wouldn’t expect you to know all the in’s, out’s and tiny details which make up your wedding day.

So, this is exactly why I wanted to put together this bonus blog. Your wedding timeline only works if you have all these other details accounted for. This is why I discuss why a wedding planner may just be the best decision you make for your wedding day. They make sure every logistic and every timing has been accounted for and that no detail has been missed. All to make sure you don’t have to worry about a single thing!

1. Knowledge

Hopefully, if you choose your wedding planner wisely, they will have worked in the industry for several years before setting up their own business. They will be able to provide you with a wealth of knowledge gained from their experience working in a variety of sectors within the wedding industry.

They should bring a wide skill set, professionalism and guidance to your planning. All to save you an abundance of time searching for answers, looking for suppliers and working out the logistics involved in your day.

2. Experience

Your wedding planner should be able to provide you with knowledge of the industry and how suppliers operate. As well as why certain elements of your day will need to be conducted or laid out in a specific way and how to get the most out of your budget.

Working with an experienced wedding planner can be the difference between you feeling stress and overwhelm instead of fun and excitement when planning your wedding.

3. Support

Unwavering, real and honest support. To guide and advise you when you’re just not sure which direction to take. Someone who knows your wedding inside and out, just like you do. Who is just as excited about your day and who wants to help you create a day like no other.

Someone on your team who can think ahead of time and make sure everything is on track, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

I want you to have an amazing experience while planning your wedding. I want it to be fun, exciting and personal to you, without causing any overwhelm, stress or confusion. That’s exactly why I work with my couples in an extremely bespoke and detailed way in order to bring to life their wonderful day.

I appreciate that you are unique and therefore, so is your wedding and your planning. That’s why I’m with you every step of the way. Making sure you are on track, happy and supported throughout the whole process, right up to the day itself.

Checking nothing has been missed or overlooked. All so you can relax and enjoy one of the most exciting times of your life!

This is a topic I discuss and delve into in much more detail in my mini Wedding Planning Guides. Make sure you don’t miss a thing by signing up to get your guides as soon as they launch!

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Wedding Planning Guides

5 Reasons to Download My Wedding Venue Guide

I’ve worked super hard over the last couple of months to create a selection of mini Wedding Planning Guides especially to help all you wonderful couples planning your unique wedding. Each guide is absolutely jam packed full of top tips, advice, must ask questions and so much more to keep you on track and up-to-date throughout the many many stages of your planning.

Planning your wedding can be such a mix of emotions from happy and excited to overwhelmed and stressed all within a matter of minutes. That’s why these guides are on hand to keep you focused and on top of all your wedmin.

Just think of these as your own personal mini wedding planner. What more could you ask for?!

1. Let’s Start at the Beginning

So, I thought it was only right that my first wedding planning guide covered one of the biggest aspects of your wedding planning – your venue! Be under no illusion, this guide is packed full of industry knowledge, top tips and must ask questions (the types of questions you will need & more importantly want to know the answers to before your wedding day). It is designed to help you from now until the day itself. Whether you’ve already sourced your venue, or are yet to find the perfect one for you, this guide will be your best friend in making sure you don’t miss any detail, no matter how tiny.

2. Top Tips

I have worked extremely hard over the last 9 years to build my knowledge and understanding of the wedding industry and want to be able to share this with you. I really don’t want you to miss a thing when planning your day and appreciate just how much time, effort and consideration goes into every aspect, every decision and every plan you make. That’s exactly why I’ve designed these guides! They are created to give you helpful tips, tricks and advice to make your planning as seamlessly stress free as it possibly could be.

My wedding venue guide discusses the 3 things you should consider before you even look to book a venue viewing. Saving you loads of unnecessary hours look at venues which are just not the right fit for you and your day.

3. Must Ask Questions

I don’t expect you to know or be able to remember everything you want to ask when visiting venues and that’s exactly why this list of must ask questions will be your best friend.

Each section is broken down into a separate part of your day, for instance, set-up/ceremony/wedding breakfast/evening reception etc. etc. These walk you through every detail you need to discuss with your venue from your 1st visit right up until your final details meeting. There is plenty of space for you to take notes, so gone of the days where you spent hours hunting through your emails and note pads looking for all the various scribbles you made.

4. No Overwhelm

Believe me there really isn’t an aspect I haven’t thought of when creating this guide. Absolutely everything you need to is here, all so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. Each guide is completely free, super easy for you to print off at home and has been beautifully designed (you really will want to print this off and take it everywhere you go). It is yours to use however you want to, so why not print off one for every venue you visit? Making it really easy for you to compare your notes when you get home.

5. Cost & Budgeting

Now this is definitely a big topic when it comes to planning your wedding. It’s something I know you want to avoid discussing for as long as possible. It almost feels impossible to decipher. Well don’t worry, I’m here to take the stress out of budgeting! This guide has a full section dedicated to cost and budgeting. It allows you to breakdown the cost of your venue. While allowing you to see how much you have left to spend on the rest of your day. All with absolutely no fuss and definitely no hassle.

Planning your unique wedding takes up enough time, so let me help by saving you even more time and effort with this super easy, gorgeous mini guide.

To get hold of your free Wedding Venue Guide then all you need to do is click the link below.

I can’t wait to to help you plan your perfect, stress free wedding!

Looking for even more wedding planning tips? Then why not visit my Industry Insider Blog.

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