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Food for Thought as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc for local brides and grooms whose weddings are fast approaching. Many engaged couples have been faced with the decision of whether or not to postpone their weddings. We talked to Ericka from Little Mushroom Catering about what couples need to consider from a catering standpoint when either postponing their weddings and deciding to go ahead in these uncertain times.
Know your Options
“These past few weeks and the next few months will be some of the most challenging times in the wedding world. Brides and grooms are faced with decisions that they never even imagined. Many couples have no choice but to reschedule, while others are just waiting to see what happens. The most important bit of advice right now is for couples to find out what their options are. ”
If you MUST Reschedule
“Typically catering is booked 6 to 12 months before the wedding date for the best availability. As current weddings need to be rescheduled, all wedding professionals are working to ensure that your day and your vision can just be moved all at once to a new date. It’s a good idea to get a few possible dates from your key wedding professionals, likely your venue first, while you’re determining what your new date will be. Dependent on dates, you might want to ask your venue coordinator what Fridays or Sundays are also available. Dates are filling up quickly so you’ll want to solidify your new date as soon as possible.”
Keeping your Current Date
“If you are approaching the 8-week until your wedding day mark and don’t want to postpone you should be asking your caterer when your numbers need to be finalized.”
“Usually, our policy at Little Mushroom Catering is that we expect final numbers 3 weeks prior to your wedding date. Given current circumstances, we’re adding a 2-week extension to this deadline. This should help with all the uncertainty of things changing from a day to day basis whether that’s from a governing institute or just getting a better idea of who is willing to attend.”
Food for Thought
“If you have made the decision to change your wedding date, or that decision has been made for you, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask:
- Are there any penalties for changing my date?
- Will my menu options still be available given the time of year we are now getting married? Food for Thought: If you had planned on getting married in June chances are the vegetables are going to differ from those in November. That’s not to say they can’t order in those items, but there’s a chance that they aren’t going to taste as they once did, or you might be subject to a price increase since that item isn’t in season.
- Either way, you should schedule a call with your catering coordinator to see what all of your menu options are
- AND finding out if you can schedule another tasting.
- If you are postponing to the same date in the following year, you will want to ask
- What price changes will I be subject to, if any?
“If you haven’t already asked your caterer these questions then today is a good day to start. Keep in mind how soon your wedding is, but it never hurts to hear about all of the options that you have. If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them in the question period.”
About Little Mushroom Catering
Little Mushroom Catering offers customizable, full-service event catering to the Kitchener- Waterloo region and the surrounding areas for the last 10 years. They pride themselves on working with sustainable, locally farmed ingredients. They can offer up to 5 different styles of service, full set-up and tear down, facilitate your rental & linen orders, and they also offer coordination services.
For more information on Little Mushroom Catering check out their review on the Wedding Ring. To contact the team at Little Mushroom Catering, please use the form below.