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Hiring A Professional Caterer

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Hiring A Professional Caterer
The most popular and stress-free approach is to employ a professional caterer. They’ll cook the food, provide the necessary tableware and supply staff. This option means every one of your guests can simply enjoy the night, including yourself, as everything is taken care of by professionals.
You can hire a caterer to prepare only the food, or, if you want, you can find a caterer to look after every detail, they’ll even clean up when it’s all over! If you do decide to book a caterer for your home reception, it is a good idea to book them well in advance.
Remember too, that you may choose another venue other then home to hold your reception. Caterers can advise on a suitable venue with your theme and desires in mind.

The Options
If you decide to have a sit-down meal you will definitely need a lot of space in your home. Seating people at tables consumes a great amount of room, so realistically assess your space. If you are having a very small wedding this is certainly realistic, even a lovely possibility, as the intimacy of the event will be accentuated.
Traditionally, you will be serving a three-course dinner as well as drinks. And you may well have to supplement existing equipment by hiring tables, chairs and chair covers, linen, crockery, cutlery, and glasses.
If you’re planning a larger guest list, you might consider having a stand-up or cocktail style reception. Such receptions are growing in popularity at the moment. The cocktail style reception is highly economical. Your guests will definitely be satisfied with the drinks available, but you can also supplement an eccentric choice of alcohol with an interesting variety of finger food or a stand-up buffet.
Prepare the food beforehand and store your alcohol in an ice-filled bath. It’s that easy. Allow at least a bottle per head on a sale-or-return basis. To keep things more manageable, employ a bartender. But do ensure there is plenty of finger food as people can become quite intoxicated if they are drinking without eating. Also consider sweet finger food and coffee which in effect become dessert.


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