Wedding Caterers – What Should You Expect? (Guest Post)

A guest post by Anna Martin (Bride to be)

After saying ‘yes’ and becoming engaged to my now hubby-to-be, it took me all of 5 minutes to fire up my computer and begin planning our big day… and all of 5 days to throw in the towel!

There were so many beautiful venues around, we were spoiled for choice, but I kept hitting the same brick wall – The food had to be chosen from a set menu and cooked by someone I didn’t know! I want our wedding day to be very personal, and this wasn’t it.

I decided that it would be much easier to work backwards.  Find the wedding caterers, service staff, band etc. and then find a place to put them. I sent an email out to a few wedding caterers first, to see what they could do, how much they cost and what is included. The emails that I received back confused me even more…

So, I have put together a little checklist to send out to your potential wedding caterers when asking for a quote; to make sure that you don’t get stung by hidden extras. I hope you find it as useful as I did. (P.s I stole it from Kemp and Kemp Catering, who were the only ones that included everything by the way!)


Ensure your potential wedding caterers include the following in their quotes:

  • Smart, Smiley Waiting Staffwedding catering checklist for wedding planning
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • Tablecloths & Napkins
  • Cake Cutting
  • Tea & Coffee Service
  • Drinks Service (of your own drinks)
  • No Corkage Fees
  • Front of House Manager
  • Chefs & Kitchen Assistants
  • Project Management and Planning Service
  • Table Laying
  • Removal of Food Waste


I’m sure It’s fairly obvious that I chose Kemp and Kemp to cater for our wedding. They have been FANTASTIC. In fact, as we speak I have just received a checklist from Richard to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and it has a reminder to get Ice… ICE – HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT? (I did by the way).