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Most people who visit or live in the Queenstown and Central
Otago regions love the area's unique beauty.
This beauty draws couples from other parts of
New Zealand and other parts of the world to
come here to celebrate their marriage.
Marion Patton, as a marriage celebrant, has had over
the past nine years the privilege of sharing this
special occasion with many of these couples.
As well as being a time of joy and celebration, a
wedding is a solemn and important moment of
commitment. Marion believes that no matter how
informal the wedding ceremony, it should have the
dignity and sincerity it deserves.
Marion is an active member of a professional body
the Celebrants Association of NZ, which provides
educational opportunities, support and challenges to
her practice. "Look for a celebrant who is committed
enough to belong to a professional body" she
Hire the best
You just got engaged and already your family
is throwing suggestions at you left and right.
You haven't even chosen a date for
your wedding, much less a style
or colours. Well, you can't blame
your family for being excited.
You can take a break from all of the
fuss, though, and once you are finally
ready to get back into action and start
the actual planning, here are some tips
for selecting a caterer.
Unless you have a close friend or family
member to take care of all of the food
for your wedding or plan to serve just
cake and punch, you will probably
need to hire a caterer.
The best caterers are often booked
months in advance, so you should start
looking for one the moment you select
the venue for your reception.
Ask friends and family for recommen-
dations, and if that turns up nothing,
try your florist, photographer or any
other professionals you have hired for
your wedding. If all else fails, you can
always consult the phone book.
Once you have a list of potential
caterers, contact each of them and
arrange to meet with them one-on-
This will allow you to get a sense of
their personality and style and ensure
they suit your own. Come prepared to
the meeting with the location, date
and time of your reception, an
approximate head count and a good
idea of your budget.
Find out everything you can about the
caterer at the meeting.
Ask how long they have been in
business and how many people they
employ. Ask about their qualifications
and policies. Make sure they are
licensed and insured, and ask to see
photos of their past events. If possible,
arrange to attend one of the functions
they are catering.
After your initial round of meetings,
you should be able to narrow your list
to a select few caterers.
Arrange to meet with them again and
ask them to bring a proposal. The
proposal should lay out all of the
details from the foods they could serve
in your price range to all of the costs
involved, including price per head,
price for service, price for table
Make sure you find out exactly what is
included in the estimate and what isn't.
Discuss portion sizes, children's plates
Finally, arrange for a tasting of the
items they would like to serve.
With proposals in hand, you can start
the hard part - choosing a caterer.
Don't go on cost alone. The least
expensive estimate may not get you
everything you need like servers.
Once you have made your choice,
contact the caterer and meet with
them again to discuss the final details
and sign a contract.
Find out about the gratuities and
additional charges should the recep-
tion run over as well as the cancellation
policy and date for a final head count.
Determine a timeline of events,
including setup and teardown and
cleanup, and be prepared to put down
Choosing a caterer takes time and
effort. Do your homework and hire the
best person for the job.
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