Catering is one of the most difficult parts of event planning. Whether it is a small event that requires simple food delivery, or a large event that require elaborate catering services, the quality of the catering services will determine the success of the event. There are many aspects to select, the food choices, the concept of the service, decorations and so on. Food combination in the menus can also be difficult to set. A good place to start should be to understand the different categories of catering services. Narrowing tem down will help in making good decisions for the event being organized.

Wedding catering is the category most people are familiar with. The quality of their services makes a huge different on the material day. Their role is to make sure everyone celebrates well on that day, from the bride and groom to the special invited guests. Their preparations for the day include planning the main course, desserts and the drinks. But their job is not limited to the food aspect. They also take part in planning for the decorations, tents and sometimes the entertainment. They might also be responsible for the service.

Corporate catering services vary in scope, from small office meetings to the large gatherings that involve many branches gathering at one location. Corporate events are much more than the food for the catering company. They must be able to deliver on time and conveniently, and leave their clients with enough time to take care of their business. White tablecloth for weddings will not always be available all year round. Many other social gatherings require catering services. Examples include birthdays, barbeques in the backyard, retirement, engagement and graduation parties. These events require a wide range of foods and menus, from appetizers to desserts.

Concession catering is another popular catering type. Concession catering mainly deals with seasonal events like sports venues. Whenever many people gather for more than a few hours, one must find catering companies selling food. The planning for these events is much more rigorous, and might require professional input. Wedding reception decoration ideas that deal with concessional catering carry fast food favorites like hamburgers and hotdogs. After knowing the category, the next best thing would be finding the most affordable option. To save money, know the number of guests expected. Ordering without knowing the number of people coming might result in a lot of food going to waste. The food delivery method is another area to potentially save money. Depending on the budget, there are four options provided by most professional caterers. One can pick up the food from the caterer’s location themselves.  This saves delivery fees and save time. The catering company can drop the food off themselves at the venue. Most of the time, in this option, the food is already packed in disposable containers. Another common option is the real display option, where the catering company sets the food up, mostly in the form of buffets. The catering company sets up the serving area, arranging the glasses and tableware. The full service is where the catering company delivers the food and serves it to the clients. Sometimes the cooking is done onsite.