Harmony
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How soon is too soon to contact a caterer?

Harmony, on October 11, 2019 at 12:26 AM Posted in Planning 0 18
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I am not getting married until 2021 but I like the idea of having everything planned far in advance... unrealistic I'm aware 馃槀


But I am genuinely interested in knowing how far into the planning process some of you may have contacted your caterers?


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Latest activity by Harmony, on October 14, 2019 at 6:59 PM
  • Ilana
    Beginner June 2020
    Ilana
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    We booked our caterer a year in advance, but I know many of them book up to 2 years in advance so you could definitely start looking now!

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  • Naikesha
    Super September 2020
    Naikesha
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    I booked 18months out although I'm having a DW in Jamaica.

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  • Gabriella
    Dedicated November 2021
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    I鈥檓 getting married in November 2021 and have already booked my venue and caterer!
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  • M
    VIP September 2019
    Mrs. Bubba
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    I wouldn鈥檛 book a Caterer too soon.

    What happens if they go out of business prior to your Wedding?
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  • Susan
    Beginner September 2020
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    Then you probably shouldn鈥檛 have hired them to begin with lol
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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    I don't think it's too soon to start looking, but some caterers might be hesitant to give you a quote this far out. Price of business/goods changes over the years and a lot of vendors will have a price sheet that says "2019 pricing" at the top and "*prices subject to change" at the bottom lol.

    But if you can get it all done now, I'm with you on that! I started planning as soon as we got engaged and had all of our major vendors booked within two months (we're only having a ten month engagement though). Good luck!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    We contacted caterers 16 months out, the two we liked are pretty popular so we scheduled our tastings early then booked around 8 months.

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    Perfect, thank you so much for taking the time to answer 鈽猴笍


    My fianc茅 and I have been looking into a particular place but I really need to look into how quickly they usually fill up!

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    Ooo a destination wedding! That sounds like fun 鈽猴笍

    Thank you for replying!!! It is still really helpful 馃槈

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    We booked our venue already too!

    What kind of venue/food did you end up going with?

    Thanks for replying! 鈽猴笍

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    I have thought about this too but the particular place we have been looking into with the most interest has been an established caterer in the area for a very long time. So fingers crossed we wouldn't be the ones they magically went out of business right before our wedding 馃槀


    It is something that I will take into consideration when planning though! Thank you 鈽猴笍

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    Haha when it comes to restaurants they can be popular one minute and then gone in as little as two years so it is a viable concern haha but I agree if it feels risky, beware!

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    Haha I am just crazy and like knowing things pretty far in advance. Especially because other than the venue, I think food will likely be the next big ticket item, so I need to plan ahead how much money it will be. Even if it is an estimate!


    Perfect, I appreciate your response and I wish you luck as well! 鈽猴笍

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    Nice, and the caterers seemed pretty receptive to the tasting being scheduled so far out?


    Very helpful, thank you!!!

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  • Gabriella
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    Our venue actually has their own catering business 馃檪
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    They seemed receptive enough 12 months and less out! But at least starting quotes & stuff before then.

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  • Harmony
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    Nice! Our venue has a lot of rules around catering but they don't have their own catering services.

    Happy yours is so easy though! 鈽猴笍

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  • Harmony
    Dedicated June 2021
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    THANK YOU!!!! 馃槉

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