Destination weddings can be as stressful as they are wonderful. And whilst getting married in a beautiful foreign destination can be fabulous, it can also create some logistical issues when it comes to organisation. Catering can be particularly difficult for many destination wedding planners as it’s virtually impossible for couples to taste the food for themselves before committing to a caterer.
But difficult, of course, does not mean impossible. So if you want to make sure the catering at your destination wedding is delicious and on-point, here are some top tips to follow.
1) Do your research
Though it might seem difficult to find a good caterer thousands of miles away, a little thing called the internet has made this a lot easier. Don’t be afraid to take your time and do some proper and thorough online research to find a good caterer. Any half-decent company will have their own website these days as well as plenty of ways to sneak a peek at their previous events on various social media channels.
Look for someone reputable, highly experienced and local. So for example, if you are getting in married in Phuket, then look for a company providing the best event catering services in Phuket. This will help make sure that you have a diverse menu with fresh local produce.
Once you’ve found someone you like, ask around to see what other people think of them. If you have a wedding planner at your destination, ask for their opinion. You can also ask your venue coordinator and any other vendors you are dealing with. This will help give you an idea of the caterers’ reputation in the local area. Choosing a company with experience and a proven track record in catering for destination weddings will make a world of difference further down the track.
2) Have strong ideas
Before you reach out to your chosen caterers, make sure you have plenty of ideas about what you want. Of course, good caterers will be able to guide you and offer additional ideas but it is good to have your own thoughts too. Again, don’t be afraid to do some research and get ideas from other weddings about what you’d like. The best caterers will be able to build on your initial thoughts to create something magnificent which is tailored to you.
3) Embrace the local culture
A destination wedding is the perfect time to explore a new culture and try new cuisine. Sure, you can have traditional western options for Great Aunt Phyllis too, but don’t shy away from trying local dishes. Again, a good caterer with experience in catering destination weddings will be able to offer a diverse menu with both local and western food options. And if you’re lucky, they may even have fusion options too.
4) Don’t be afraid to be different
If you wanted a super traditional wedding, you’d be having it at home. So why not embrace something a little different? Rather than offer a traditional three-course meal, why not explore the idea of a buffet, canapés or even tapas-style share dishes for each table? Again, you should discuss this with your catering company early on to find out what exactly they can do. They may have some wonderfully creative ideas that you haven’t even thought of yet.
Catering is an extremely important part of any wedding, destination or otherwise. And whilst you might not have the same amount of control over the situation as you would if you were getting married in your local village, you can still have plenty of input.
Make sure you do plenty of research before committing to anything and don’t be afraid to ask around for some local opinion. Your wedding planner or venue coordinator will have plenty of knowledge about all kinds of wedding vendors, so make sure you take advantage of their expertise. And finally, dare to be different. Have plenty of ideas but don’t shy away from trying new things and exploring a new culture.