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A successful reception is the result of careful, extensive planning. The one cardinal rule to follow in reception planning is to start early and avoid rushed decision making. Some general guidelines apply to almost all reception planning.
In determining the suitability of an on-site or outside caterer you should ascertain the past performance of the catering service in question. References from past customers are helpful in this regard the more recent the better. You should also enquire about menu flexibility, special diets, children?s plates, and head table service, in addition to those catering enquiries noted in the checklist above. A good caterer will be more than happy to answer all your questions obligingly, and provide suggestions of his/her own designed to meet your particular needs.
Before choosing your reception site and caterer obtain a number of different estimates and menus. Lowest price is not always the best determining factor of value. It?s a matter of who can do it best at a price you can afford.
You may find that the reception centre selected does not provide beverage services (although they may serve them) and you will need to order your own drinks. It?s best to talk to your chosen drinks supplier to see what specials are currently offered. Ask for advice if your not sure about what to serve your guests, also check if you can return any unused alcohol.
|Non - Alcoholic||Quantity||Standard Alcoholic||Quantity||(Spirits optional)|
|Water||Heavy Beer||12 Dozen||Vodka|
|Orange Juice||6 x 2lt||Light Beer||4 Dozen||Gin|
|Cola||24 x 2lt||Dry White Wine||4 Dozen||Bacardi|
|Lemon Squash||12 x 2lt||Sweet White Wine||2 Dozen||Scotch|
|Lemonade||12 x 2lt||Red Wine||2 Dozen||Bourbon|
|Diet Cola||6 x 2lt||Sparkling Wine (toasts)||6 Bottles||Dark Rum|
|Orange||12 x 2lt||Port (opt.)||3 Bottles||Brandy|