With the culinary delights at the heart of your wedding or corporate ceremony, it is essential to choose a company that can provide top-quality catering services at an affordable price. We have shared a few pointers below to help you select the best catering services to meet your event requirements.

Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the catering services offered. You may find that the company offers far more than you expected, such as décor, tent hire, table and chair hire, seating arrangements, and numerous menus to select from. You want a company that is able to cater to your specific culinary requirements with consideration for special dietary needs such as Halaal, Kosher, Vegetarian, Vegan, and specific allergies. Their menus should be adaptable to suit the palates of your guests. The company should have a wide range of menu options such as buffets, cocktail foods, barbeques, and cuisine of your liking.


People often overspend on events because they did not set their budgets before requesting quotes. The best catering companies will consider your budget restrictions and provide suggestions as to appropriate menus, décor and equipment to suit the particular event and within your budget range. However, that being said, you cannot expect a palace style feast at the budget for a children’s birthday party. It is therefore essential to be realistic in your expectations.

Your budget must be setup to allow specific amounts for:

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Décor
  • Tables, chairs and other function hire requirements
  • Flowers
  • Portable restrooms where applicable
  • Audio and visual equipment
  • Tent or venue
  • Staff
  • Invitations
  • Keynote speakers

With a budget in mind, you will be able to discuss your particular requirements in more detail, enabling the catering provider to recommend suitable options.

Setting Up of the Venue

Make a decision regarding the setting up of the venue. Will you use your own equipment and only require the caterers to bring the food and beverages? Will you have your own staff members?  Determine the costs of providing your own equipment and staff members as opposed to making use of the complete service offering of the catering company. You will be surprised how much you can save when making use of the complete service offering. Since the catering company has the staff members for any size event who are all used to catering to different events, you might just benefit more by making use of their services because of their experience. With such you won’t need to make arrangements for bartenders, waiters and dishwashers, cleaners and chefs. You will thus save time and with all services forming part of one package, you can expect a lower price than you would have paid if you had made use of several companies.

Who to Choose?

Now that you have a better idea of what to plan for, it is time to locate a company that can offer the required catering services at an affordable price in South Africa. Dine By Design Catering is able to meet your every culinary requirement – whether you host a 40th birthday Spitbraai function or a wedding in the park. We provide a wide range of menu options, including, but not limited to, something exquisite, Spitbraai & potjie, buffet, cocktail, cuisine, and barbeque. We have a large team of caterers, a top chef, and décor specialists.

We focus on your specific requirements and have extensive experience in catering for weddings, corporate and private functions of all sizes – whether indoors, outdoors or in tented environments. Indeed, we are the sister company of TentWorx and can thus offer you a full range of tent hire, setting up and function hire services, in addition to our culinary and catering expertise. Whether you want to host a breakfast for your corporate clients, an engagement party, a dinner or cocktail evening, we will work with you in deciding the best menu options, décor, service offering, and of course, will do so within the set budget.

Don’t compromise on the quality of your event. Make use of our affordable, yet, highly professional catering services to ensure a memorable event.