The Caterer

The question or whether to use a caterer, a restaurant, or fix your own food is more a matter of choice than cost. And there may be hidden costs in doing it yourself that you don't ned to consider when using a caterer.

It's difficult to plan, buy food, rent goods, prepare, serve and clean-up after a party and really enjoy going to the party. Friends who could help out may prefer to be guests instead of volunteer workers.

A professional caterer will help you plan your menu according to your wishes and budget and can supply almost all ofthe party needs including table covering, dishes, silver, ice, music, servers and clean-up people. The professional caterer has the experience to really help you present a successful party with much less stress and worry.

Independant caterers will bring your feast to just about any location. Their prices will often include extras like table linens, plates, glasses, etc.--but ask just to be sure. It makes little difference if your party is for 50 or 500, your caterer should give you an opportunity to order as many or as few of his services as you require or as your budget allows.

Do not be bashful - ask what is included. You should expect a complete written quotation covering the selected food, services, and extras you have requested and their cost. Know in advance what you are getting and the total cost.

Don't forget the caterer for the Shower, Jack and Jill, Rehearsal Dinner and party after the reception.

Be prepared to pay a deposit in advance for the caterer to begin ordering your services, food and servers. A professional caterer can make your party a real success, free of worry and filled with happy memories. Relax and enjoy!