- Know the available services
Sometimes, we’ve different services requirements from our caterers like alcohol facility along with food which they might not be able to fulfill. This might result in getting you overcharged for the facilities which you can get for a cheaper price if you choose another caterer who offers the required services. Thus, in order to save money and time, the first question you must ask is ” do you provide all the services which I require?”
- Word of mouth references
The “word of mouth” proves to be the best way to market your product and even the top marketers agree. The best thing about “word of mouth” references are that the opinions are not biased or paid like the social media and online reviews. The consumers only refer a product or brand when they themselves have used the product and felt it better than any other brands product.
Similarly, in the case of caterer references, the person will only refer when they have hired the caterer themselves and felt satisfied with their services. And we all know that there’s only one way to satisfy a consumer and that is by giving good services.
So, if you’re in search for good and genuine references, look for the word of mouth references from people you really know or trust like your neighbors, friends, colleagues, and other family members.
- Ask for past videos and photos
To be sure they aren’t making false promises, ask them to share the past event photographs or videos. Everyone has it to use it for promotion, so, if the caterer is denying, take a U-turn.
The catering pictures from your caterer will give you an idea about your caterer. In addition, the photographs are a good way to analyze how well your caterer is in setting up the event, and whether you want the same setup or not.
- Review everything personally
Depending on someone else is never going to make your job easy. The best way to ensure you get the best services from your caterer is by hiring the best. But, how would you know which is the best? The answer is by personally reviewing each and everything to ensure that it’s the best you can get on given conditions.
Meet your prospect caterer personally, schedule an appointment according to the convenience of both parties.
- Check with the event venue
You might have been into few weddings, but, the event venue has been a witness to thousands of events which required a caterer. They know good and bad caterers and can prove to your best source for good references.
They are familiar with many caterers who have previously worked with them. Thus, the best thing you can do is ask your event venue, manager.