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Food is an important part of any wedding reception. Whether you are having a cocktail hour after a morning wedding or are serving a full-blown meal, you need to find the right caterer. As you hit this point on your wedding checklist, go over these questions to help you choose the right caterer for your big day. 

What makes your company unique?
This first question is a good way to get to know the company. Of course, you should have done some research before meeting with them to discover the type of food they specialize in. This question is more to discover how they make the wedding day food experience special or memorable. 

How does your pricing work?
Talking about price includes several things. The company might have a set list of packages that cover a range of budgets and party sizes. You should also ask whether or not they offer custom pricing for unique meals. Are the prices all inclusive? What exactly is included in the cost of dinner (linens, tax and gratuity)? Is the food priced by item? Cover all your bases when learning the price points of the catering company you're thinking of hiring. You need to be sure you can get a caterer whose prices fall within your budget. 

Will you customize the menu?
If you and your fiance have decided to prioritize the food at your reception, this is a vital question. You want to find out upfront whether your dreams of a three-course gourmet meal  are possible. Discover if and to what extent they customize their options. Share your ideas thus far so they have a better idea what you are asking for. 

Top questions to ask the caterer

Do you provide tastings?
You should be able to taste all the food you'd like to have at the wedding before hiring the caterer. Once you have hired the company, you should have the option to keep working side by side to tweak a few issues. If you like the caterer based on the first three questions, go ahead and schedule a tasting. 

How often will we meet before the wedding?
By meeting to discuss details and finish menu specifications before the big day, you'll feel comfortable with your caterer. 

How involved are you on the day of?
Great caterers usually design a floor plan and timeline, and assist with service. They should take care of the flow of food at your wedding so that you don't have to stress over it. When you've hired the company, you'll share a basic timeline of the rest of your wedding so they can fit food service in seamlessly.