Wedding Expert Series – Working with a Caterer as a Wedding Planner

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This week we have another guest post from a Wedding industry expert for you.  This week we take a closer look at working with a Caterer, as a Wedding Planner.

Catering of course is a big element of any wedding and working with a caterer can be a challenge, especially when doing off premise catering. There are so many extra things to think about and challenges to overcome. Today our Advisory Board Member, Jane Riddell from Planned For Perfection, has stopped by to give us some advice on how a wedding planner can work harmoniously with a caterer.

“The most important thing about working with caterers (& all wedding suppliers involved in the wedding day) is communication. My role isn’t just to plan and style a fabulous event, it’s about working closely with the team of chosen suppliers to bring the entire event together seamlessly. 

To do that, I need to be fully aware of the couples expectations for each company, know each suppliers plans for the day and then work with them to ensure everyone delivers exactly what the clients have asked for. As a wedding planner, we attend regular tastings that are usually carried out long before the wedding day, so I always take pictures of each dish as they arrive and add them to the notes at a later stage, to make sure that the dish is replicated perfectly on the wedding day. 

I have worked with some fabulous caterers over the years and know first hand, that the more you work together as a team behind the scenes, the easier it is to exceed all expectations on the wedding day. ”

Thanks Jane, as usual some great advice. You can find out more about Jane and Planned for Perfection by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.



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David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

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