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Catering takes an average of 45 - 50% of your wedding costs, so be sure to choose a MA wedding caterer carefully. After deciding on a Massachusetts caterer, make an appointment to discuss the menu. Let the caterer know the service type your prefer: buffet, sit-down dinner or cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. At a sit-down dinner it is easier to control the flow of events (cutting of the wedding cake, dancing, etc.). A buffet dinner allows your guests to mingle - it isn’t necessarily cheaper than a sit-down dinner because the caterer must prepare more food per person to keep the buffet looking presentable.
Not only is the taste of the food important but the presentation of the food is equally important. A good caterer knows how to present and garnish foods. To cut down on catering costs, avoid foods that require time-consuming kitchen preparation or foods that require carving at the table.
Ask your friends for referrals. It is a good idea to meet with at least three wedding caterers and sample their food. You may hire a caterer who will tailor the menu specifically to your preferences or you may choose a caterer that lets you choose from a specified list of dishes. This tends to be cheaper. A good caterer will work within your budget so don’t choose a caterer on cost alone.
Believe it or not, the cost of the reception meal will be almost half of your wedding budget! Whether you are having an on-site caterer, a catering company or a restaurant, you'll want to make sure that you have a contract that includes the following information:
Creating Your Guest List
Selecting a Wedding Reception Site
Toasting at the Reception
Quick Guide to Planning a Massachusetts Wedding
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