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The Catering Experience

Your wedding day will be remembered as the experiences you created, and defined by the way you celebrated. Every detail of the reception, from the entrée to the dessert, is planned to remember forever. A well-crafted food experience is created by the choices we make about the catering. This information should help guide you when making those very important choices about your catering.

Planning the Catering

The reception menu is not always a first thought on the wedding checklist. For couples, the first thoughts are sometimes about the dress she will wear or whether they will say their “I do’s” in a garden or in an elegant ballroom. The first thoughts about catering usually come about in a moment of budgeting and planning a reception for the guest count, unless it is a specific meal tied to a central theme of the special day. For example, if you are planning a Beauty and the Beast inspired wedding, you might imagine a very specific French feast enjoyed by Belle and the Beast, which requires careful planning with a specific catering menu.

Our theme can help us plan dishes from around the globe; however, not all weddings hold a specific theme or the theme does not control the cuisine. In this case, it all comes down to the food you love and the cost of creating the experience. Crystal Ballroom is an affordable all-inclusive wedding venue that allows couples the freedom to choose their caterer and create the unique catering experience they imagine. It is important to host your reception at a venue that opens their doors to outside caterers to support your creative food ideas.

Budgeting for the Catering

Some couples make decisions about their catering based upon the budget. Crystal Ballroom keeps the cost of the venue and décor down while sparing nothing in the process of delivering exquisiteness and elegance. This allows couples to spend more on the catering experience they envision and the things that are important for them on their wedding day. The cost of catering is disparate and can range from $15 a plate to $45 on average. Crystal Ballroom creates relationships with vendors to deliver excellence, and to help couples create their entire event on a budget that spares nothing in the process.

Food Tasting

Whether your catering is chosen by your theme, budget or the significant meal of your first date, the food tasting is a pivotal moment in the decision process. Ultimately, the dish must please the palate and the senses, while adorning the plate like an ornament on your reception table. Most caterers charge a fee for food tasting. However, some caterers will reduce the amount of the tasting from your catering invoice when you book an event with them. Never avoid the tasting due to fees. Tasting is an important part of the process that you should never avoid. It is an opportunity to meet with catering companies to compare dishes, options and services. While you hope your dining experience will surprise you, you do not want to be surprised by an unfortunate and unplanned dining experience on your wedding day. If there could ever be a single most important rule of choosing a caterer, it would probably be to taste the food you plan to serve.

Full-Service or Drop-Off Service

Most couples assume they need a wedding caterer with food plating and full-service to cover their reception. This is not always the case. While catering is important, paying extra for a caterer to staff your event is not. A food manager at your wedding venue can work with your wedding caterer and carry out very specific and important tasks above and beyond catering to ensure a successful dining experience. Banquet staff are included with every wedding at The Crystal Ballroom. Additional food manager services are available at the venue upon request.

Planning at The Crystal Ballroom

Bring your magical day to The Crystal Ballroom and meet with our preferred wedding caterers. Create your catering experience, and let us create the rest. The Crystal Ballroom stages every element of your event from ceremony to reception. You will dine in absolute elegance with unparalleled service and customized designs. Work with our in-house designers, and connect with our catering vendors to plan every detail of your perfect moment. Contact The Crystal Ballroom to schedule your VIP tour and begin planning your magical day.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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