If you do plan to work with a professional, be educated about your options. It is possible to cut costs significantly. One option is to have the company drop off the food but for you to serve it instead of having the catering team do that. You can also choose more frugal meals for the professionals to make. You can and should have plenty of opportunity to cut costs in the menu, though, you will need to work with the professional to ensure that they can make what you want.
Another factor to determine before we select a location is how much your attendees are willing to pay. Sure, we can work the other way: we can pick a location, hire a band, select the menu, etc., and then add up how much it all costs and thus determine how much everyone needs to pay, but doing so will probably leave you hurting in the end.
A good caterer must be able to offer you with diverse options and food penchant. Some of your guests may prefer foods with no sugar or vegetarian food. So be certain your caterer is able to meet these criteria. Never mind budget of the event. Hire a caterer before 7 days left to your wedding reception party. Plan ahead of things and look in at least 2 to 3 days so before the event. This is because some traders may deliberately raise the price for their meals when they know that they need their rescue services. So, if changes are hidden behind their listing. Some companies not mentioned their other taxes in their price list. It is therefore very imperative for you to know the actual details of pricing, as well as appropriate taxes.
Then on my way to the gym, I had a few spare minutes so I ducked into the hotel next door and asked them about rooms for event hire. They had exactly what I needed for a reasonable price (more than reasonable).
In seeking a quote, it’s helpful for the Caterer if you can advise a budget. That way, they can help you to design a menu based around what you can spend, how many guests you are expecting and what other services you require (such as staff and equipment for example.) A good Caterer has a wealth of knowledge and will most likely have some inspired suggestions that may not have occurred to you simply from perusing their menu selections.
I would recommend that you hire, budget permitting, a professional photographer rather than leaving it up to one of your guests or a friend of a friend who only takes photos twice a year. You can have the photographer deliver prints or a CD of digital photographs in which case you could print just the photos you want.
Is the company an actual Caterer? (Not just a bakery or cafe). There is after all a lot more to catering than simply the food, so you need to select a Caterer who is familiar with all aspects of event catering.
Whoever you hire from, you’ll have to pay delivery charges, but you’ll be expecting those. However, if the rental company has branches around the company, that should lessen the distance, and the charge for delivery to your site and set up. Every little bit saved is a bonus.