As you plan your fairytale ending, you have a lot of decisions to make—the guest list, the color scheme, the theme, the wedding date, the DJ, the photographer, the invitations…The list can seem endless at times. Working with an onsite caterer can make your to-do list a bit more manageable. Let’s learn a little bit more about the benefits of choosing an onsite caterer for your wedding reception.
Onsite vs. Offsite Catering
Choosing the right wedding meal has the ability to send your reception over the top—you want to make sure you do it right. Depending on your venue, you’ll be able to choose from onsite or offsite catering. Onsite catering means the venue has a dedicated caterer that is used for their events. Offsite catering is when the food is prepared offsite and brought to the venue. Some venues will require you to use the onsite caterer, while other venues will allow you to choose the offsite caterer or an outside vendor. Choosing an offsite caterer is a great idea if you have a specific menu in mind or you want a specific chef to prepare your meal. Otherwise, choosing to go with the onsite caterer can make the whole process go a lot smoother.
Plating and Presentation
When you choose an offsite caterer, the food will be prepped at an outside location and then transported to the wedding venue. It will need to be wrapped and safely transported to maintain the quality of the food. This leaves room for error; there is always a risk that the food quality will suffer whether in flavor or in texture. If the food isn’t already plated, it will have to be plated at the venue. Maintaining temperature and crafting a beautiful presentation can be difficult. On the contrary, the options for presentation are unlimited when the catering is done in-house. Caterers don’t have to worry about transporting anything and they can easily craft dishes and presentations that need to be served in a timely fashion. Maintaining temperature is no longer an issue, because it goes straight from the pan to the plate to the wedding guest.
A Smooth, Convenient Process
With an onsite caterer, you don’t have to worry up set-up, clean-up, or takedown. You don’t have to worry about the food showing up on time. There is no confusion about where the caterers should go. Onsite caterers create a seamless experience. They are extremely familiar with the venue, which makes everything run smoother. As the bride and groom, you won’t have to direct the caterers or enlist someone to do it for you. The onsite caterers have everything needed on hand, from linens to silverware. When using an offsite caterer, you will also have to think about renting plate ware, silverware, glasses, and linens.
Working with an onsite caterer takes the worry away. You can count on a smooth dinner service because they’ve done it hundreds of times before. Before you choose to go with the onsite caterer, though, be sure that you schedule a food tasting and you enjoy the food, and ensure they can accommodate any dietary restrictions you or your guests may have.