Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Your Spring Wedding - The Role of Catering Managers

I posted this a year ago, but I think brides still need to be reminded of these facts so I posted it again. Enjoy!

westin photo

I was speaking with a catering manager the other day and she expressed to me how most brides assume that it is the hotel's (i.e. catering manager's) responsibility to assist with the coordination of the wedding ceremony and to help with little details such as pinning boutonnieres and corsages, for example. I wanted to post this to make sure brides understand that the hotel is only responsible for food, beverage and room settings for your event. Although, I am certain most venues will do their best to make you happy and go above and beyond to assist you, but understand they are not required to do so unless otherwise stated in their contracts.

I was searching for topics on this subject and I found this Q&A piece on the Bahia Hotel (San Deigo) website and it explains in a nutshell what the catering manger is responsible for:

What Role will my Catering Manager Play in my wedding?
Is It the same As a Professional Wedding Coordinator?
To ensure an effortless wedding, we strongly recommend that you hire a professional coordinator to assist you with your wedding. A professional wedding coordinator will assist you in creating a time line, etiquette, rehearsal, ceremony, and day of coordination. Many brides appreciate the extra attention that a wedding coordinator can provide. Prior to your event, meeting with your vendors, coordinating invitations, dresses, transportation, and a myriad of other details can be challenging without the help of a professional. A coordinator can assist with the wedding rehearsal, as well as coordinating the music, seating arrangements, favors, placecards, and organizing everyone involved to guarantee a flawless wedding day. Your Catering Manager will assist you with every aspect of your food and beverage, room setting, and scheduling details.


I know even with this information, some people may still not hire a wedding coordinator and you are well within your right. You must do what's best for you and your budget. But, sometimes having peace of mind on one of the most memorable days of your life is worth the extra expense for hiring a wedding professional.

Photo from Westin Weddings: The Westin Charlotte

1 comment:

Jane said...

Thank you for posting this!!