Congratulations! The engagement is such an exciting period of your relationship. If you plan on popping the question over the holidays, then the new year will be full of wedding planning. Between the engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and reception, there are a lot of items to be crossed off on a list. No matter what stage you are in your engagement and wedding planning, it’s important to have your caterer booked well in advance for a number of reasons.
The Holidays are Prime-Time for Caterers
The holidays are a busy time for everyone, especially catering companies. There are office holiday parties, Christmas dinners, Hanukkah feasts and winter galas to account for. If you’re planning your wedding for the holiday season, there’s a good chance purveyors already have limited availability— especially those in high demand. As soon as you know the date of your engagement party or reception, book your caterer immediately.
They Can Help You Plan
Now it’s time to plan! There are menus to set, including food, sweets and drinks, because it’s a party after all. It’s important to find an experienced caterer, so we recommend sticking with only one trusted company for all the events of your engagement. An experienced caterer will be with you every step of the way to help make your dream a reality.
Many venues have a list of preferred caterers that can only be booked in that space. This allows caterers to have an intimate understanding of the venue. If you fall in love with a caterer, ask which venues they suggest. They can give you advice on which decorations and layout look and work best with the space. Their knowledge of venues can also help you determine the size of the guest list. Be sure to find a caterer that doesn’t just bring the food and leave, but plays a hands-on role in the entire planning process, so you can get hitched without a hitch.
You Won’t Have to Sweat the Small Stuff
Brides are usually a ball of nerves in the days leading up to the wedding, but with the right help, there’s no need for you to worry. During whichever engagement celebration, the last thing you need to be focused on is the run of the show. These events are a time to celebrate you and your significant other’s future, enjoy friends and family and get ready for the big day.
Inevitably, there will be issues, so it’s vital to hire a trustworthy and experienced caterer to deal with any messes behind the scenes. To help with day-of disasters, be sure to prep your caterer, inform them of any dietary restraints of guests, as well as what role you want the company to play in set/cleanup of the event. Speak to your caterer about what services they offer, including bartenders and servers. This way, you won’t have to outsource for the small ins-and-out of each engagement celebration, but work directly with only one vendor.
Get to planning your perfect engagement party with the help of a caterer. Bradford Catered Events has all of the tools and experience to help you plan and execute the engagement party and wedding you’ve always wanted. BCE offers bartending services, multiple menu options and valuable insight on event planning from years of being in the business. If you’re ready to take the next step and put a ring on it, let Bradford take away a bit of the stress and help you throw the best celebration! To book Bradford Catered Events for your engagement party, visit us online or give us a call today at (865) 522-5552.