by Melinda Davis
No one wants their guests to leave their wedding
with a bad impression. When it comes to weddings, food and decorations
are a major concern. It doesn't start at just the cake. And it
doesn't end with the finger foods. Colors, little details and
a personal touch are key to making a wedding just right.
From all accounts it's very important to hire a reputable caterer.
Karol Coles, owner of Bart's Catering, said this includes looking
for an established caterer: One who has a health-inspected kitchen
and isn't just cooking out of their home. Doing this will ensure
safe food and a caterer that can be counted on to arrive and deliver
the desired food.
Most caterers will sit down and discuss what type
of food would be best for a wedding. Caterers will also know how
to decide how much food will be needed. Coles uses a formula to
determine the number.
While discussing the food and atmosphere with
the caterer, it's also important to discuss cost. "Be really
clear about what you expect and what you want," Coles said.
Some caterers may have hidden costs, such as paper products or
delivery charges. It's also suggested to talk with them about
whether or not they will provide servers for the event.
As for the food itself, that also depends on the
bride- and groom-to-be. There are tastes and trends that may be
in at the time, or the caterer may only offer a set menu. Other
places will work with you and even use recipes that you choose.
Coles said that one fairly recent trend she's
seen is people changing the traditional wedding breakfast or luncheon
to an evening sometime before the wedding. Because the wedding
day is so busy, this allows for a more relaxed atmosphere to spend
with close family and friends.
Book in Advance
June is fast approaching, and already caterers are being booked
for their services. As with all wedding providers, doing it ahead
of time, or as soon as the date is picked, will relieve a lot
of hassle and headache. Advanced booking also includes whoever
you will use for decorating.
John Hawker, owner of Orem Floral and Northhampton
House, offers a variety of styles to choose from. This includes
flowers and backdrops, arches and fountains. Like a caterer, Hawker
sits down with the bride and discusses what she wants. Some brides
know exactly what they want while others may browse examples of
what's been done before. Hawker said he wants people to do what
they want, but to do it so it works.
A finality to a reception is the cake. Annie Shepherd,
of Wedding Cakes by Shepherd's Cake and Candy, offers 12 different
flavors and about 15 different fillings for cakes. Prices can
range anywhere from $115 to $3500. But really, the sky's the limit
on a cake, Shepherd said.
Shepherd also recommends going to a reputable
location. Consulting with a cake maker will help a bride to find
the perfect type of cake. Shepherd's offers at least 250 different
designs and can work with what a bride wants.
Reprinted with permission. This article originally
ran in The Daily Herald March 21, 2000.