Choosing Our Wedding Caterer Tips and Guides

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Every single one of your wedding supplier should be a good fit with your budget and your personality. Breathe, and enjoy this moment of planning your wedding.

What are some tips for choosing your wedding caterer?

  1. Accredited to your target venue
    The venue is the first thing we consider when choosing the caterer. We started scouting for our possible caterer after we selected our reception in Quezon City. It's a big plus if the caterer is accredited in your target venue. As they will have the portfolio to showcase and you can save cost to avoid non-accredited caterers fee. Some venue charged 30% corkage fee based on the caterer's total contract price.

    We booked KbyCunanan as it is accredited in 55 Events Place. But, when we changed our venue KbyCunanan is not accredited to Felicidad Mansion. We go through some pros and cons, and we still chose KbyCunanan catering service.

  2. Location
    Firstly, we searched which caterer is nearby, as much as possible, we wanted around Quezon City area only. This is our personal preference. We wanted their office accessible for us to do the food tasting, etc.

    When we first consider Gazebo Royale as our possible venue, we asked EJ mom's help to check out Eloquente Catering. They had food tasting and their feedback is very good. They like the food and Ms. Bheng accommodated them well.

  3. Feedback
    This is what we can do mostly, reading previous clients feedback, reviews, and recommendations online. To check if they deliver exceptional service to their past couples. You can browse through Facebook fan page, online group/forums recommendation is a great niche too. Ask your friends recommendations and check out other blogs.

  4. Quality of food
    We wanted to make sure we choose delicious foods our guest will love on our wedding day. We want them to remember na nabusog sila at masarap ang food.
  5. Service, inclusions and amenities of the package
    The moment we send them an inquiry, we evaluate their service already.  If they can deliver us the inclusions and amenities of the package clearly. Some caterers offer full packages with bridal car, wedding cake, emcee, etc.

    Make sure the Account Executives your are working with is responsive, helpful, reachable and you're comfortable with.

  6. Styling your wedding theme
    It really depends on the catering you hired. In our case, we don't plan to hire an event stylist, delicious food, menu presentation and service are okay with us, superb styling is a plus.

    Our wedding theme is classic romance. Browsed their portfolio to check their previous styling and set-ups. We contacted some caterers that do styling very simple but we still consider them if they are accredited at our chosen venue.

  7. Budget
    The caterer consumed the largest portion of our wedding budget. This is the biggest investment we can share on our wedding day. Depends on the caterer, most packages are presented as “per-person” charges, sometimes service charge is not included and the VAT.

    Remember to make sure your chosen caterer is within your budget. Once you have the budget it is easier to make choices. How much can you afford to spend? Think, think, think.

  8. Food Tasting
    Pinaka importanteng part ito, especially if you're in Manila, you can take advantage of the several food tasting events as well. Check if the caterer offers free food tasting, some caterers sends email and updates on Facebook page.
Firstly, discuss with your fiance and decide on your budget. Make a list of your possible caterer and email them directly to ask their current rates and packages. Check their customer reviews online, from all of them select one whose services are good and suits your style and taste.

Mostly, choose the one that you really like and you believe can provide delicious food and good services for your wedding. Don't forget to check about all cost and any hidden charges, check thoroughly the menu packages and what is inclusive. And importantly do a menu tasting before you finalize.

We locked down our Caterer as soon as we’ve got our reception booked. In our case, we trusted KbyCunanan based on friends personal feedback and online recommendations, we booked them through in Bridal Fair without having a food tasting.

We listed below the list of wedding caterers in Metro Manila that we contacted, rates and packages as of January to February 2016.

Queensland Catering
They have regular food tasting on Sundays at Ysabel's Garden, Bf Resort Village, Las Piñas City. Registration starts at 3:30 pm and food tasting at 4:00 pm on a first come first serve basis. Good for 2 persons. Please check with them first.

Diamond Wedding Package PHP 770++

# 633 Sicily St. Cittadella Exec. Village CAA Road, Las Piñas City
Osio's Catering

Bronze Wedding Package starts at PHP 145,000 for 150 persons
Silver Wedding Package PHP 180,000 for 150 persons
Gold Wedding Package price starts at PHP 350,000 for 100 persons
2/F Gian Plaza Bldg, National Highway, Tunasan Muntinlupa City
Eloquente Catering

Price starts at 680 per head up to 740 per head. The pricing we received is based on Gazebo Royale package.
#33 Albany St. Brgy. Silangan, Quezon City
Tamayo’s Catering
They have Grand Food Tasting every Sunday from 10:00-1:00 PM in Villa Immaculada Intramuros, Manila, for 2 pax only. Please confirm with them first.

Classic Star Wedding Package Buffet Lunch/Dinner PHP 850.00+ 12% VAT/pax
Plaza San Luis Complex Gen. Luna, cor. Real St. Intramuros, Manila
Verleo Catering
They have food tasting schedule every Friday 11am or 1 pm or Saturday 11am or 1PM at San Juan office. Please confirm with them first.

Their wedding packages starts at 550/head and maximum to 970/head + 12% VAT + 10% Service charge
277B P. Guevarra St., cor. Ibuna St. San Juan.
Red Chef & Events Specialist, Inc.

PHP 700 + VAT
PHP 780 + VAT
PHP 880 + VAT
95 Guirayan St., Brgy Dona Imelda, Araneta Subd., Quezon City
Albergus Catering

Total wedding package starts at PHP 170,000 up to PHP 225,000
For International Lunch/dinner buffet menu price starts at PHP 700 per pax up to PHP 1,100
No. 16 Capitol Hills Dr. Old Balara, Diliman, Quezon City
The Chefs and Sauces Gourmet Catering Inc.

Lite Wedding Package PHP 488
Standard Wedding Package PHP 588
Premium Wedding Package PHP 688

Unit U-2263Taft Avenue,Barangay 39,Zone V, Pasay City
Juan Carlo the Caterer

Package A price without prawn PHP 197,085 net for first 150 pax, add PHP 995 ++ per pax in excess of 150
Package A price with prawn PHP 233,685 net for first 150 pax, add PHP 1,190 ++ per pax in excess of 150
24-B 11th Jamboree Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Hizons Catering
They offer Free food tasting in their partner venue from time to time, just check their website.

Their customized package sent to us isPHP 1,000 + 12% VAT
22 Renowned Lane Sanville Project 6, Quezon City
Josiah's Catering

Luxe Wedding Package by Josiah's, minimum of 150 pax, PHP 165,000 all-inclusive
34 East Drive, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Passion Cooks Catering

2016 Wedding Package starts at PHP 1,090 + 10% Service charge
#111 Ma. Adela Bldg,, Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
M Catering

Wedding package starts at PHP 750++ per head up to PHP 1,095 with minimum of 150.
No. 1 Kalantiaw St., cor 20th St., Project 4, Quezon City
Purple Dish Catering
Stated in their package, they only accept one wedding event per day.

Wedding package for 2016-17 starts at PHP 990 per head + 10% service charge and 12% VAT, minimum of 150 pax
Private dining place for food tasting: G/f Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Scout Tobias Corner Scout Rallos St., Quezon City
K by Cunanan

Wedding package starts at 990/head up to 1195  + 10% Service Charge and 12%VAT
103 Green Meadows Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Price available upon request, depending on the location and subject to change without prior notice.


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