Hello my lovelies and welcome to a new decade!
We are hotting up for 2020 weddings and I am delighted to start this year showcasing some of our fabulous suppliers, so I would like to introduce Heather at Fiestasol weddings, along her husband Alex, chef extraordinaire.
Heather and Alex met in Granada, Heather’s uni days were spent in Granada where she was learning Spanish during her gap year, fab love story, they met, got married, started their business from their home and didn’t even have driving licences. Everything was being delivered on mopeds!
Heather had a dream, a vision and worked hard to create their fabulous catering business, Fiestasol, specialising in weddings, parties and events and yes they both learnt to drive!
I love good catering, it is key to a wedding, gorgeous ceremony, good food, plenty of drinks and fab entertainment, without these things your guests won’t get the wedding experience they are expecting. I always explain this to my clients and most of them are great foodies!
Heather has written this blog post with 10 super useful top tips to explain the booking of your wedding catering which will help any couple planning their wedding here in Spain to understand how it all works.
I will now pass you over to Heather.
What to expect from your wedding caterer in Spain – 10 top tips
Wedding catering is an incredibly important part of your day. If it goes right, the results can be memorable – but if it goes wrong, a lot of stress can ensue. Here are Fiestasol´s top tips for making sure you and your guests are delivered a feast to be remembered.
Remember that wedding catering is very different from eating in a restaurant. Don´t presume that your favourite local restaurant or private chef will be able to turn up to your venue and replicate a restaurant meal at your wedding.
There is so much more to wedding catering– the logistics of setting up on site are enormous, setting up in unfamiliar surroundings, bringing a wedding to you, furniture, tableware, napkins let alone the food is a complete art and a huge amount of work. Cooking outdoors, leave this to the professionals! So many clients wish to buy their own drinks but forget they need people to manage a bar, they need ice, staff, someone clearing up glasses. The logistics of wedding catering really do need a lot of careful consideration.
Make sure your caterers have proper reviews from former clients. Many catering websites use stock photos which don´t tell you much. Look for companies with photos of their own work, supported by social media and a testimonials section.
Once you have booked your wedding caterer, you should expect the following: full and transparent menu pricing including any hidden extras. Is it is clear whether their pricing includes VAT? When do you have to pay a booking deposit and when is the balance due? All of this should be included in your catering contract.
All wedding caterers should provide their clients with a full contract. The contract should detail their cancellation policy and when they need your final numbers.
You should expect your wedding caterer to offer a complimentary menu tasting. You will be spending a significant amount of money, so this is the best way to test the caterers quality and presentation. A good wedding caterer will provide you with several options at your tasting, so that you can create your ideal wedding menu.
All wedding caterers should have an official kitchen premises that is registered with the local Health Department. The premises should be clean, hygenic and with a separate area for a tasting room.
Around 6 weeks/one month before your wedding, your caterers or your wedding planner will contact you to ask for all the final details so that the day runs smoothly. This should include: final numbers, table seating plan vegetarians and any special dietary requirements, staff meals, and timings for the bar. If you have a wedding planner, the catering company will liase with them about their arrival time and set up.
On the wedding day, your caterers should have enough information from you, or your wedding planner, to be able to set up independently. If you wish to include extra details such as name cards and wedding favours, it is important to notify in advance along with clear instructions so that your wedding planner or your caterer, can handle this for you.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, it is so important to understand how your wedding suppliers work and everyone knows the expectations during your wedding day.
Images provided by Fiestasol for this blog post.