Wedding catering can be a daunting task. With so many things to think about, how do you know where to start? Here at Inspired Events, we want to make the process as easy as possible for you. We’ve put together this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) blog post to help you understand everything you need to know when it comes to wedding catering.

How do you choose your wedding catering services carefully?

Their website and social feeds are a good place to start. Check that your caterer does many weddings per year. This is a testament to their consistency over time, and also means that it’s likely that they keep the same staff employed. Also, never choose a caterer that does not offer a tasting before finalizing the menu. You have the right to try your menu items, and make any edits to the menu as you see fit. Inspired Events will work with you to discuss your particular dietary requirements, and suggest menu items based on your event’s unique needs.

How do I find the best Miami wedding catering service?

Miami is known as one of the nation’s most popular wedding destinations, making it more competitive than ever when it comes to looking for Miami wedding caterers. We don’t expect you to take our word for it, we encourage you to check Wedding Wire, The Knot, Yelp, and Google Local for reviews in real-time.

Is it common to have to pay for a staff meal at a wedding?

Staff meals vary based on the professional. Photographers usually arrive hours prior to the event, to shoot the venue before anybody arrives and arrange any first-look photos. They put in long hours, and many ask for a meal as part of their contracts.

What does a wedding caterer provide?

Inspired Events provides food, beverages, plating and cutlery, setup and breakdown, table linens, and staff as part of our catering packages. We also offer all-inclusive packages that include DJ, photography, florals, and event planning services.

What is the cost per plate for wedding reception food?

This is very specific to your menu items and other details (buffet versus plated, vegetarian versus steaks), but in general wedding catering can cost between $50 to $120 per person.

What should I expect at my wedding catering tasting?

You will be able to try anywhere from 3-5 items from the proposed menu. This is a great opportunity to give feedback on what you liked and didn’t like, as well as make any final tweaks to the menu. Our Miami catering team wants your wedding day to be perfect, and we’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure that your vision comes to life.

What should I look for when hiring a wedding caterer?

You should look for a professional with experience doing weddings, and preferably those with fine dining backgrounds.

What does it mean when a wedding caterer says they have “cake cutting service?”

Some venues require that you provide a cake cutting fee. This essentially means that the venue or caterer will provide the staff to carefully transport your cake to the cake table when it’s time to cut it, and provide the appropriate cutlery. After the cake is cut by the bride and groom, and photos are taken, the staff will transport the cake back to the kitchen to cut, plate, and serve.

What is a tipping option?

Tipping options allow the catering staff to be tipped through credit card charges rather than cash at the end of the night. This allows guests to tip their servers on their own time and discretion after they’ve already left the event.

When it comes to wedding catering, it is important to do your research and ask the right questions. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Inspired Events is here to help make your wedding day perfect- from food, to photography, to event planning. Contact us today for a free consultation!