Are you looking for wedding caterers near you during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, keep reading – we’ve provided you with the 5 things you must consider when looking for wedding caterers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also included the latest government guidance, so be sure to keep an eye out whilst reading this article. We’ll keep updating it to ensure you remain up to date too!
1. Your chosen wedding caterers location
When looking for a wedding caterer, we’d advise to look locally, here’s why… Using a local wedding caterer will usually mean your costs will be slightly lower due to a number of factors such as; product sourcing, travel to your venue, logistics and staff.
Save Money By Using a Local Wedding Caterer Near You
For example if you live in Birmingham, Sandwell or Solihull and are searching for wedding caterers. A great place to start would be a quick Google search. Simply type into Google “wedding caterers near me” or “wedding caterers Birmingham”, this will give you a list of the most local caterers to you.
Location, Location, Location
If you’re looking for your wedding caterers, it may mean you’ve already found your venue. However, if you haven’t yet found your wedding venue due to COVID-19 restriction the government advises to check the local restrictions and guidance of the area you want to have your ceremony. Check to see there are no local COVID-19 outbreaks or restrictions here.
Knowledge of local produce
Using local caterers for your wedding will generally mean they’ll use more produce from within the region. This generally means your wedding catering will be of better quality, as it hasn’t been processed as much.
There may or may not be further restrictions to the number of guests you are allowed to have at your wedding venue based on its location and COVID hotpots. Local wedding caterers like MyDine Catering keep readily up to date with the English Governments COVID-19 rules and regulations in our local area of Birmingham and the West Midlands so we’ll be able to advise you on what the best practice will be in terms of catering and guest restrictions.
2. COVID secure catering policies and procedures
You must ensure your wedding caterers have COVID-secure policies and procedures in place. You should be able to ask your catering company for a copy of their COVID secure procedures. This information should then relay to your guests prior to your wedding day. For example, you can click here to see our MyDine COVID-secure policies and procedures.
Having a copy of these procedures will make you and your guests feel far more comfortable and safe to attend on your big day. It will also mean you and your guests will understand how your chosen wedding caterer will conduct your wedding service in relation to social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE). Unfortunately, PPE and social distancing is now becoming the new normal for weddings, parties, baby showers, funerals, corporate events and more.
3. Food for your wedding catering (Updated)
As of Monday 28th September 2020, there is a maximum of 15 people allowed to attend your wedding ceremony including the due-to-be-wed couple, officiates and guests and third party suppliers. But the number of 15 does not include third party outsourced caterers like MyDine Catering. Meaning your wedding caterers do not need to be included within your venue figures.
With social distancing (1m+) in place there are many ways around wedding day catering to ensure you and your guests remain safe. See below for our simple ways to safely cater to your guests.
- Food service
According to English government guidelines food and drink should be served by catering staff to minimise contact. Therefore, staff served buffets and sit down 3-course meals are a viable wedding catering option, so long as it is served by your catering staff, and guests are bubbled on tables together.
- For hot buffets
Due to COVID-19 buffets can be tricky, however, here’s a simple solutions for wedding buffets. Check to see if your wedding caterers will provide staff-served buffets as opposed to a self-service. Note: you will incur the cost for staff service – but safety should be your priority. Most caterers have COVID secure catering services that will enable them to safely serve you and your guests.
- For cold buffets
Check to see if your wedding caterers are able to provide individual mixed buffet boxes. This will allow your guests to taste everything on your wedding buffet in an individual box, meaning they’ll be no hands in the buffet, an social distancing will not be a problem.
- 3-course wedding meals
If your wedding venue does not provide serving staff. Your chosen wedding caterer may offer this service, be sure to ask if your wedding caterers can provide servers.
- Outdoor catering
It is scientifically proven that the transmission of COVID-19 is reduced outdoors. Once the English Governments relaxes the “Rule of six” to reduce the risk of COVID-19, we’d advise considering outdoor wedding catering or enquiring about this with your chosen caterer.
4. Test and trace
It is now a legal requirement for all guests involved in a wedding ceremony and wedding party to provide their details for NHS test and trace. Ensure you find out from your caterers that they have their track and trace process in place. This maybe something as simple as getting your guests to write their contact details on information print outs. Information required for test and trace are:
- Telephone Number
We’d also advise you check and contact your guests 14, 7 and 3 days prior to your wedding to ensure they have not been in contact with anyone who has, or has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Remember, the known symptoms of COVID-19 are a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.
Remember, certain groups of people may be at increased risk of catching COVID-19. This includes people aged 70 or older, and those with medical conditions. People who fall in this group are advised to stay at home as much as possible. If they do choose to attend your wedding, they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of their household and support bubble.
5. Save money on your wedding venue
Finding a wedding venue for your wedding party/reception is as important as your caterers. In the current COVID-19 climate, you’ll need to choose a wedding venue that is large enough to allow your maximum number of guests and caterers to safely socially distance.
As wedding venues are desperate for bookings during these times, so you may be able to snag yourself a bargain if you book now and choose a wedding date for later in 2020 or 2021. MyDine Catering have already had booking requests for 2021 and 2022 with our clients securing their wedding venue at a discounted rate due to the pandemic.
The cheapest way to book your wedding venue at the moment is to book it whilst we’re still in the midst of the pandemic; and remember, book on a credit card to ensure you have insurance cover should your venue not be able to provide going forward.
If you are looking for COVID secure wedding caterers in Birmingham or across the West Midlands, get in touch with us today. We offer a free telephone menu consultation for traditional British, French and Caribbean wedding catering to ensure you feel comfortable.