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Handbook to Wedding Catering: A Guide to Your Pressing Provision Questions

When curating the details of the dining experience of your dreams, you might have a few questions before selecting the perfect palate for your guests to enjoy on the big day. Our handbook to wedding catering is here to help, with seasonal picks from local wedding caterers sure to wow as well as an exclusive insider scoop filling you in on the particulars – including what you didn’t even know you needed to know. Some truly ravishing shots of these divine dishes lie waiting down below, along with a note from the chef who created each one. Take a flavorful journey through this virtual tasting down below. Cheers!

Ahi Tuna

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Ahi Tuna

With Wasabi Aoili and Sesame Wonton from Culinary Art Catering


Wedding Catering Serving Options

A note from Culinary Art Catering

What should a serving process look like for a wedding? Who takes charge of that – the couple, the planner or the caterer?

The caterer definitely should take charge of this for the event. Prior to the event we would consult with the client and planner to get an overall idea of their vision, then we utilize our knowledge of event logistics to make it happen. There are times when couples have seen something on Pinterest that “looks” like a great idea; however, it isn’t necessarily a realistic way of serving a large crowd. We aren’t trying to burst anyone’s bubble. We will work with them and create even more spectacular ways to present the food! On the day of the event, our goal is to work with all the vendors to ensure a flawless event. We coordinate with the planner and the DJ to assure timing is on point and service is expedient.

What are the different catering service options for weddings? 

We offer buffets, plated meals, stations and even combinations of all. This goes back to understanding the clients’ vision and developing a plan together that will deliver what they are looking for. We also take the venue, spacing, timing and number of guests into account when advising our clients on the best setups and service styles for their event.

Is bar service typically included in a catering package?

We are fully licensed by the TABC and can provide customizable bar packages to our clients. Bar services are also determined by the venue the event is being held at, as some venues provide the service in-house. Some clients choose to do BYOB for their alcohol, and this doesn’t always end up in cost savings for the client. It always tends to become a hassle for the client on the day of the event. Any savings it might equate to is overshadowed when they have to worry about purchasing, storing, transporting, and possibly running short of any of the items. We offer our bar packages to take additional stress out of the equation.


Heirloom Salad Board


Heirloom Salad Board

A board of peaches, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, torn burrata, prosciutto, served with a fresh baguette and olive oil from Vestals Catering


Wedding Catering Timeline

A note from Vestals Catering

At what point in the reception should apps & dinner be served?

We usually have hors d’oeuvres ready to be passed directly following the ceremony during cocktail hour; dinner is typically after a welcome speech.

What are cocktail & beverage expectations at a wedding? 

We’re seeing that many couples are opting in for an open bar and are now looking to create signature cocktails that have a meaningful tie-in to the bride and groom.

Do the bride and groom typically eat dinner at the same time as the guests?

If not, what does that process look like for them to have their meal? Couples are more often having an intimate meal at the end of cocktail hour before the reception begins.


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Chopped Brisket Potato Skins

Chopped Brisket Potato Skins

Low and slow-smoked chopped brisket, sausage, and ham mixed with jalapeño, onion, and their original barbecue sauce. Served on top of a thick-sliced baked potato round with shredded cheddar and a drizzle of barbecue ranch from Soulman’s Catering


Wedding Catering Tasting & Order Expectations

A note from Soulman’s Catering

What questions should a couple ask before booking a Dallas caterer?

What menu options and levels of service do you offer? Do you require any payment upfront?  If there is an unforeseen issue, what are the cancellation policies?

How far out from the wedding should you book catering for your wedding?

We say that anywhere from six months to a year is ideal.

How does a wedding menu tasting work?

First, we agree on a date for the tasting, what menu the couple is interested in, a location, and a time. When we meet to taste, we discuss all of their options and try to answer as many questions as possible so the bride and groom know what to expect. We love to help them customize their special day!


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Duck Moo Shu Pancakes

Slow Roasted Duck Moo Shu Pancakes

Slow-roasted Peking duck, hoisin sauce, thin cut green onions, rolled in hand-made moo shu pancakes from Gil’s Elegant Catering


Dallas Wedding Catering Trends

A note from Gil’s Elegant Catering

What dishes and food styles are trending in weddings?

We are continuing to elevate street foods more and more based on our customers’ individual experiences.

How can couples be sensitive to social distancing and COVID-19 concerns with their catering?

Couples can be more mindful of the spreading of germs through self-serve options and offer more personal servings, single-servings, or even hire a waitstaff to serve food. Older guests may have a separate table to keep the more susceptible guests safe.

What unique catering presentations have you seen or are doing yourself?

We have been doing a lot of Family-style dinners and Sous Vide cooking.


Photos // Vanessa Martins Photo Co.

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