It is a good idea to have a cocktail hour before your dinner, if you are serving dinner at your wedding. Most caterers will serve canapés as a starter for your guests. You can hire a caterer for this purpose or use the same caterer who serves the dinner to serve the cocktail hour. Be sure to discuss the food options with the caterer so that you get foods that you and your guests will like. Many finger foods are put on a buffet table so that guests can help themselves. You will have to discuss service of the foods with the caterer if you want them to go around with a tray to each guest.
If you are planning a traditional English wedding, you will want to stick with traditional English fare. If you are having the dinner catered, chances are that your guests will be served buffet style. This means that they will all help themselves from the buffet table. The caterer will have the food prepared prior to the wedding and will set it up on the table under burners so that it remains hot. Discuss the timing between the canapés and the dinner with the caterer beforehand. A good caterer will give you a choice when it comes to food and will know how to serve it.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, be sure to provide wine, beer, spirits or all three to your guests. You should engage the services of a bartender if you plan to serve spirits. A good wedding caterer will also have bartending services available. They should be able to set everything up at the designated spot and make sure that all of your guests are served. When choosing a caterer for your wedding, be sure to get references. It is best to get a company that has been in the business for a while and has earned an excellent reputation rather than go with an unknown or a friend of a friend. Catering a wedding is a job that should be entrusted only to a proven caterer as this is an important aspect when it comes to your wedding and guests.