|Updated: 4/16/2007 1:29 pm
||Published: 4/16/2007 1:29 pm
If your reception is being held in a home, garden, or hall that allows you to provide a caterer of your choice, the options are numerous. Caterers' services and fees vary, so first determine what your needs and desires are. Then interview several caterers until you find the one you feel can best give you what you want. Good caterers are usually reserved months in advance, so start interviewing early and be prepared to leave a deposit in order to reserve your particular date and time. Many caterers have pictures of other weddings they have done. Look at them, check their references or the Better Business Bureau, and taste their food before signing a contract. Read the contract carefully to be sure it includes everything you agreed on and states the total price, and check the cancellation policies. The catering fee is usually a flat fee based on the number of guests, or a fee per person, depending on the type and amount of food provided. A fifteen percent service charge plus sales tax is usually added to the total. For additional information, contact a caterer.