Here are some of our Top tips to choosing a wedding caterer

1. Availability 
Firstly you need to see if your caterer is available on the date you require and find out what the booking and deposit payment process is. Make sure you 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.If terms and conditions and a contract need to be signed, check these over and get these formalised before a deposit is made

2. 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 quote needs to be clear if it includes VAT , you do not want this surprise at a later date!

3. Quality of food
When selecting your caterer you are looking for stunning presentation paired with sensational taste. 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. At Purpleplum we always use local, Norfolk produce, the wealth of suppliers in this area really enriches the food on the day.

4. Tasting session
Check the wedding 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. We always like to go over the food for the day and love working with people who love food as much as we do!

5. Event planning
Then cater should understand the overall vision of your day and listen to what you want, then tailor this to your day. Timings need to be looked over to make sure that all the different parts of the day fit together.

6. Expertise
Ask for testimonials, use social media to see what the work that they have been doing and their presence in the catering market.

7. Service
The service will alter with the food that you choose for the day, talk over with the caterer and make sure that you have the right level of service for your day. At Purple Plum we run the entire event, from table laying to seeing guests into taxis at the end of the day.