The kitchens are all hussled up, the caterers are as usual busy. Honestly, I was thinking of writing yet another mundane story about what suits best for stomach and what can be done for the change of taste. But, here I am thinking, how we can ignore the big fat Grand Indian wedding season. We Indians like to be at our best when we actively play the role of host. We indulge in challenging dishes, perfect and cosy homes, amazingly helpful guides and unearth our dormant beautician vibes for the weddings. May it be a cousin’s wedding or some distant friend’s cousin’s wedding. Our over enthusiastic nature makes us crazy annoying in attitude. Most of the caterers are thus very pesky when it comes to taking orders from such people. So barring all these traits, what does a caterer actually want us to do so the wedding does not become a total disaster especially for the food (other management disasters are somewhat uncalled for; let’s not get there right now). Being meticulous can help, but being annoyingly meticulous in fact makes it even more dangerous. I remember, some days back when one of my friends got married, the caterers literally had to run a full-fledged 3-day tasting ceremony for the bride, family and friends to make them happy. The bride wanted a grand tasty delicious food, families wanted simple traditional and nutritious food while the friends wanted an exotic, challenging and snazzy eatsome. Ultimately, all of them had to compromise and the caterer won over his argument of delivering what suited best for his pocket. Now, I know, all of this could have been avoided had it not been all four corners tightly pulling their bargain. So here is a step by step to-do guide for caterers, bridegroom and the family friends for how to make up your wedding food mind.
1. Do not overburden yourself with what you have seen, read or heard for others’ weddings. What the caterer offered there, might not suit your regime. You want your guests to have a good wedding and an upset stomach does not promise a good wedding. Therefore hygiene and nutrition is equally important.
2. Indian weddings is a big crowdy party of all ages, all tastes, and all choices. So blend in the food from all over India to make them welcome for the tastes. A mix of traditional, snazzy and nutrition will make everyone happy.
3. It’s a cliched fact, that every bride wants her big day to be perfect in every scenario. Therefore, be it a Maharashtrian city bride versus a typical traditional town bride from natives like Chakan, paud or Latur they all want one thing-their wedding to be perfect. Going hand in hand with the bride is the utmost duty a caterer must fulfil. So, understand what the bride is actually looking for. She might not pinpoint a finger at it but she definitely knows what she wants. So try to coax out all here food fantasies and work on them.
4. The family might just keep saying what the bride wants, and what you can offer, but hey, you are already charging voluminously, so better make good use of it.
5. Finally the D-Day is here, and you indulge in making everyone happy. So keep everything at par and get connected through the deliciousness you have to offer to everyone, the bride, the family and the acquaintances. Because we know that’s how references will work.