While the lack of wedding caterers available in Singapore isn’t a problem, having to choose the most suitable caterer might be, since food's one of the things guests take note of.
Here are some things to take note of in your wedding caterer search, with expert pointers from Chef Eric Teo, winner of the World Gourmet Summit’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and a consultant with ET Culinary Arts:
Go for food tastings
Online reviews are aplenty, however, food preferences differ across the board. What one person may find delicious may not appeal to another.
Chef Eric Teo advises:
“The good ones will let you sample their food, so attend at least three tastings with separate caterers. You may have to pay, but you get to taste what you want.
Online reviews aren’t always reliable, and you shouldn’t just go with what the caterer tells you.”
Image from Elsie's Kitchen
Check for signs of good service and professionalism
How to do so?
Aside from the quality of food served during your food tasting, (or even during your initial correspondence), keep your eyes open to other details.
“A caterer who properly plates a tasting portion is more likely to make that kind of effort on your big day,” shares Chef Eric.
Also, the attitude of your go- to person/customer service officer, will tell a lot of the overall service offered.
Even if there are issues that props up, be it a delayed set-up or lousy food quality, you can rest assure they will at least try their best to remedy the problems.
Image from Manna Pot Catering
Flexibility in customisation
This applies to both food and décor.
Many caterers understand the importance of personalisation options these days, and it’s always good to inform them of your priorities and preferences from the get-go.
If you know you’re looking for a complete catering experience, with décor being just as important as the quality of food served, you need to find out if the company is able to meet your demands.
For example, do they offer thematic decor and set-up? Can you request for specific colour palettes or themes?
Look out for hidden costs, refunds & cancellation clauses
Never overlook this, as tedious as it may be. You never know what could happen and thus, its best to make sure you won’t face an unnecessary monetary loss.
“No caterer with scruples will bail at the last minute. Still, you should make sure your contract has a cancellation clause.
Your deposit should be fully refundable and they should refer you to other caterers,” says Chef Eric.
Image from Purple Sage Catering
Finally, before you make your final choice, don’t forget to have these in mind:
-Prioritise what’s more important, especially if you’ve a certain budget – more live stations or a wide dessert spread?
- Skip the weird food trends, stick to the caterer’s signature dishes
- Be considerate of your guests and ensure you’ve something for everyone – Halal, vegetarian etc.
- Type of cuisine should fit the time and theme of your celebration