How Far in Advance Should You Book Your Wedding Caterer?

Your wedding is by far the most exciting day of your life, but it can also be the most stressful, particularly if you aren’t prepared. There’s a lot to consider in the leadup to the wedding, from the dress to the guest list, and everything in between. And while you’re getting excited about which cake you want, or who is going to be your Maid of Honor, you might be forgetting one simple thing – the catering.

How Important is Wedding Catering?

It’s very important. In fact, it could be the most important part of the day for your guests (aside from watching you say “I do” of course).

The thing is, it doesn’t matter how great the ceremony is or how much you’ve spent on the band, if everyone is hungry, they’re not going to have a good time – and the entire mood of your wedding will be turned upside down.

wedding catering during reception

Why Hire A Caterer?

You’re stressed enough, and the last thing you want to be doing when you’re stressed is thinking about what you’re going to feed your guests. Hiring a caterer can take the pressure off you, and because they’re experienced, you’re guaranteed to impress even the fussiest of guests.

A good catering service will not only take care of the food, but they’ll also ensure the serving plates and platters are up to scratch as well. They’ll ensure the food is fresh so you can make a good impression on your guests, and they can cater to any size wedding – whether you have 10 guests or 100.

What Should You Include?

Food is a big part of making everyone feel welcome and included at your wedding, especially if you’re having a multi-cultural wedding or your guests have different likes and dislikes. If you want to serve food that will impress even the pickiest guests, a professional wedding caterer can help you ensure there is plenty of variety.

You’ll want entrees, mains and dessert; or you might skip dessert and keep that for the cake instead. The options are endless. You might choose a pig roast or an outdoor BBQ for your dining choices, or you may prefer a sit-down soup or sushi.

Keep in mind that if there is a long time between the ceremony and the reception, your wedding venue should have a cocktail hour in between. Let your caterer know if any of your guests have food allergies or special dietary needs so they can make sure to have something prepared just for them.

So, When Should You Book?

As with anything to do with your wedding, it is best to book as early as possible. For catering, you’ll want to book at least three months before the wedding date. If you’re getting married in peak season – spring or summer, you’ll want to give it at least six months before the wedding date, if not 12 months prior.

Are you planning your wedding? Why not get in touch with DRJ Catering today and we’ll take care of the dining. We’re hassle-free and affordable.