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The Ultimate Guide to Booking Excellent Wedding Catering

Planning your dream wedding involves many decisions, and one of the most crucial is selecting the right wedding catering team to ensure your guests are treated to an unforgettable dining experience. Here in Orlando, John Michael Events understands the significance of this choice and thus, we have uniquely handcrafted our menus to bring you the best wedding catering possible.

What’s more is that we have formed a team of expert wedding professionals, who are here to guide you through the wedding planning process step-by-step. We care about more than just your wedding catering. We care about every aspect and detail of your entire wedding day. That’s why in this post, we’re bringing you the ultimate guide to booking excellent wedding catering. We’ll take you through the top 5 qualities to look for when hiring your wedding caterer, so you can relax knowing that one of the most significant parts of your wedding is completely taken care of. By looking for these 5 qualities when researching caterers, you’re sure to find just the right fit for you and your guests.

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  1. Cuisine to Satisfy your Taste Buds

First and foremost, your wedding catering should be delicious! This may seem obvious, but amidst all the wedding planning and food trends you see online, it can be easy to let this idea slip your mind. You and your partner should absolutely love your wedding menu and we want you to be over-the-moon excited to eat at your wedding! So when it comes to researching Orlando wedding catering, make sure that you view sample menus online to ensure that the caterer offers the cuisine you love most.

Here at John Michael Events, our Chefs bring decades of culinary expertise to the table. Our most popular wedding catering menus consist of upscale American fare, like Chef Carved Beef Brisket, White Truffle Bacon Mac & Cheese, and Roquefort Mushroom Chicken. Our couples also love the Latin American flair that we infuse into some of our dishes, like a traditional Ropa Vieja, our Adobo Grilled Chicken, the Shrimp Paella, or the Chef Carved Pernil.

Our Chefs though can custom create just about any cuisine you like! This includes but is not limited to Middle Eastern, Indian, and Kosher menus, for example. Our entire team is here to bring your culinary dreams to life, no matter what food you’re craving! Simply share your wedding catering vision with us and we’ll make the magic happen.

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  1. Top-Notch Reputation & 5 Star Reviews

The next quality to look for in your Orlando wedding caterer is a stellar reputation. You can gauge this by checking out online reviews and their social media pages. Make sure they have solid positive ratings from past couples and other local vendors. Just like anything else you’re shopping for, reviews are the simplest and easiest way to vet any of your wedding vendors.

Our wedding catering team has been a staple in the Orlando wedding and event industry for years. With over 5,000 events under our belt, we also have over 5,000 happy clients, but don’t just take our word for it! Check out our reviews and social media adventures below:

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  1. Customizable Wedding Catering Menu Options

Once you’ve established a list of your top 3-5 wedding catering options, start reaching out to them to get a better sense of if they will be a good fit for you. One of the top questions you should ask each caterer is how much flexibility you have with the menu options. We’ve talked about the importance of your caterer being able to provide the specific cuisine you prefer. However, it’s also essential to consider the styles of service they offer and their ability to accommodate dietary restrictions.

If you have your heart set on having a buffet, plated meal, or food stations setup at your wedding, you need to ensure that your caterer is able to provide that. Luckily, our team specializes in each of these styles of service along with a brunch service and reception-style service! We can also help guide you on the right catering service style for your wedding, if you’re unsure.

Particularly for larger weddings, it’s also important to think about any dietary restrictions your guests may have. Whether your guests are vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, gluten-free, Keto, or something else, our team at John Michael Events is happy to accommodate them. For more tips on how to accommodate any and all dietary restrictions at your wedding, check out our other blog post all about dietary restrictions below:

How to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions at Your Wedding or Event

  1. Smooth & Seamless Guest Service

As you’re consulting with different wedding caterers, one thing to pay special attention to is how easy it is to work with their team. Are they friendly? How quick and thorough are their responses? Are they experts in the industry and willing to share tips with you? Excellent customer service during the booking and planning process is just as important as the guest service a caterer demonstrates on the day-of the wedding or event.

Our team prides ourselves on the smooth and seamless service we provide throughout the process, from start to finish. Every Event Manager on our team is here to help you navigate every step of wedding planning, from booking your entire wedding vendor team to planning your wedding catering menu to creating a wedding day timeline. By booking one of our all-inclusive wedding packages, we’ll make sure we stick within your budget and help you liaise with each of your vendors. And of course, each of our packages is fully customizable to tailor it exactly to your needs!

We truly are full event planners in addition to being your wedding caterers!

  1. A Commitment to the Environment & Community

The 5th quality you should look for when booking your wedding catering is often overlooked, but equally important: Being committed to the environment and local community. Wedding catering in general tends to produce a ton of food and paper waste and it’s becoming increasingly significant to couples to minimize the impact their wedding has on the environment. This is a cause that has always been near and dear to our hearts, so we take intentional measures to lessen our environmental footprint. Some of these efforts include recycling, using gas appliances, limit the use of print materials, and utilizing energy-efficient lighting. Perhaps most importantly, we partner with O-Town Compost to reprocess our food waste and turn it into fresh soil that can be used throughout the community.

Our team gives back to the Orlando community in other ways as well. We donate extra food to Second Harvest Food Bank and contribute funds to local charities and non-profits. It’s our way of paying it forward and doing good for The City Beautiful.

Ready To Book Your Wedding Catering?

John Michael Events is an experienced Orlando wedding and event caterer, specializing in serving all types of events, from weddings to social events to corporate events. We offer all-inclusive wedding packages that not only include event catering, but also the additional vendors you’ll need to throw the wedding of your dreams! Twice a quarter, we are proud to host “A Taste of John Michael,” a one-of-a-kind group tasting experience, where clients are invited to sample a variety of our delicacies.

Have further questions about any of these event catering food service styles? Contact our team by hitting the button below. We would love to chat with you!

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