The wedding reception is often the most memorable occasion for your guests, so when it comes to food, it’s important to you select the right DC area wedding caterer. After all, one of the most common questions you’re asked after attending a wedding is about how great the food was! Today, we have Amit Gulati of Spilled Milk Catering here to share his professional advice on what you’ll need to know when it comes to choosing a caterer. Food certainly helps to set the tone of your wedding – so why not make it a culinary experience for your guests! Take it away, Amit…

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At Spilled Milk Catering, we feel honored to be a part of weddings and to help make that special day unforgettable. Before beginning the process of searching for a wedding caterer, brainstorm some ideas of what is most important to you and your partner.

Review Your Catering Options

Heavy hors d’oeuvres or dinner? Sit-down or buffet? Modern or traditional? Though “I do” should be the answer to the one and only important question on your wedding day, the endless number of other questions that loom about wedding planning can seem just as daunting, not the least of which is the food. How do you create a menu that reflects you and your partner’s backgrounds and experiences together? How do you serve a full meal on a budget? And how do you know when you’ve found the right catering company?

Know Your Budget

Most companies will want a sense of your budget to help them put together a proposal that’s within your limits. Additionally, most companies can also provide rentals, including tables, linens, silverware and bar set up, though many venues may have some of these items available. If you’re interested in price shopping, you can ask the catering company to give you two copies of a proposal – one with just food and beverage, and the other including the cost of rentals. This will help you get a feel for pricing and what makes the most sense for you.

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Be Familiar With Reception Venue

Once you have an idea of what your budget and priorities are, think about your venue. If you have already selected one, it’s worth talking to them to find out if they allowed outside caterers and if they have a preferred caterers list, which lists caterers they recommend and that are familiar with the space. If you don’t yet have a venue, you can work this into your selection process by asking potential venues about their catering policies.

Personalize Your Menu

After you’ve got all the logistical kinks ironed out, its time to focus on the fun stuff – the food! Think about what’s important to you, and make sure to find ways to have the food reflect who you are! From appetizers reminiscent of what was served at an engagement to a meal combining both partners’ ethnic backgrounds, we have done it all. Spilled Milk Catering has earned its reputation for excellent service by working with brides and grooms from start to finish to make sure everything detail is perfect. And, of course, delicious!


Is anyone else hungry?! Thanks you for sharing great advice, Amit! If you’re in the market for a wedding caterer in the DC area, be sure to check out Spilled Milk Catering and visit their website to get a yummy sneak peak at what they offer!

For more catering choices, check out our full list of local Washington DC area wedding caterers. And, you can browse around for loads of wedding inspiration and ideas.

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