Planning a wedding for your loved ones is quite a pleasant feeling, isn’t it?
You want to organise the best wedding ever for them. You feel that others who have done it before, are not even half as brilliant, creative and organised as you are.You feel that you know everything about throwing a wonderful wedding party as you were born with the talent!
Here we were with exactly the same attitude and enthusiasm before our daughter’s wedding.
You feel that others who have done it before, are not even half as brilliant, creative and organised as you are.You feel that you know everything about throwing a wonderful wedding party as you were born with the talent!
Our search for the greatest caterer in the universe started and ended in one city alone!
So here I am with few suggestions after the gruelling task of organising a big fat Indian wedding and sharing some tips with you based on my experience.
- Try to select the place and venue of the event not away from your own. However, if that is not the option then try to be familiar with the culture and the food habits of the place you’re organising the event at. Every place/ city /town has its own feel and flavours.
- Do not be afraid to spend time interviewing caterers till you are satisfied. Try to hold yourself from selecting the one who is too tech-savvy and self aggrandising and says yes to everything (we couldn’t)
- His work ethics should be monitored. Not turning for an appointment on time should turn your alarm bells on.
- Another set of alarm bells should ring when he promises something and completely forgets about it in another discussion. Responsibility issue!
- You must get the reviews from a number of people not just only one or two. Average out the opinions!
- Must sample the food for the taste and display (yes everyone does that) But…You must take the list of his/her forthcoming events. He must be prepared to expect you in any of them. It is easy to be fooled by the invitation he extends. You must check more than one event.
- Take a very close look at the attire of the staff. Do not miss out the footwear. Those reveal the whole story.
- If you are not happy with cutlery and crockery, and he agrees to make a change (they never refuse), make sure to see the sample before you hire him. Moreover, you must check every piece at least a fortnight before the actual event.
Once selected, try to appreciate his/her views no matter how ridiculous they might sound! He/she occasionally might be correct.
Good luck for your wedding!
The author, Deepti Rana, currently resides in Cairo and is a food enthusiast.