At a recent wedding in Roseville, California, the unthinkable happened; 30 guests were stricken with food poisoning, 6 of them needing immediate medical attention. The food poisoning took affect so quickly that firefighters arrived at the wedding to find the 30 guests ‘suffering from severe nausea and vomiting.’ 

This is every bride’s worst nightmare. Sure, there are a lot of things that can go wrong on your wedding day. Most of those things, however, you will look back on and laugh and think that the day was more perfect with the little flaws. Food poisoning, vomiting, and firefighters rushing out to your wedding is not something that you want to remember about your big day.

So, how can you be sure that the caterers, chefs, and servers are doing everything in their power to prevent that from happening? What questions should you be asking and what signs should you be looking for in order to avoid a disaster like food poisoning on your big day? 

First of all, visit our preferred vendor’s page and see who Val Vista Lakes recommends. One of the best things that you can do to avoid food poisoning is to ask around, get reviews, testimonials, and referrals. Sometimes the best way to find a responsible vendor is to use someone that you’ve tried before at a friend’s wedding.

Second, decide on foods that are harder to contaminate. Although fish is a great option for guests, it does come with more risk for contamination and food poisoning. If you are going to have fish at your wedding, ask how the caterers plan on preparing it.

It’s always a good idea to walk through the kitchen of your caterer. Take a look at their cooking area while they’re in the middle of a service. Ask your caterer that you’d like to see them in action, and as you walk down the ‘line’ notice how they prepare their food, how clean they are, and whether food is being cooked to the proper temperature. 

Also take into consideration how a caterer stores their food before service. Many times the food will be prepared at their home kitchen, and then transferred to your event. To prevent food poisoning, make sure the caterer keeps the food stored between 40 degrees and zero degrees, depending on the food item. 

Above all, be picky about who you chose to cater your wedding. We’ve seen weddings catered by Taco Bell, and not one person became ill with food poisoning. It’s not the food that you have to worry about; it’s the preparation, storage, and cleanliness that you must be aware of.