Catering is a great choice for everyone looking to get into the hospitality business. From weddings to seminars and company luncheons – there are all kinds of events in need of a caterer. And opposed to restaurants, the costs of running a catering business are much lower. You don’t need to rent out or renovate a place, nor do you have to worry about electricity costs; plus employees are only needed for arranged events, not every day.
There’s one disadvantage though – it’s more difficult to advertise yourself and visually attract customers if your business doesn’t have any office space. Since you don’t have any eye-catching signs nor a lavish interior, your employees are actually the face of your business, and the kind of uniforms they’re wearing is crucial when it comes to leaving a good first impression
Nowadays, there are a lot of different styles for catering uniforms to choose from, ranging from regular aprons to printed tees. If you need your staff to serve at various big-scale events, it’s best to opt for the classic server’s look. Whether it’s a polo, a button-down shirt, or a traditional bib apron – timeless catering uniforms are a choice you will never go wrong with. Alternatively, you can try to make the uniform more recognizable by adding some tasteful details like bow ties, skinny ties, or suspenders patches with your business’s logo.
When choosing the look of your catering uniforms, you should pay great attention to their colour. After all, a good catering uniform is the one that makes the staff subtly blend with the ambiance of the event. Choosing bright colours, such as red and yellow, will have the opposite effect. However, uniform pieces in calm, neutral colours like white, black, grey, navy blue or khaki do not disturb the event’s atmosphere and make the serving staff look serious and presentable.
No matter how good your catering staff looks, if they don’t feel good in what they’re wearing they won’t be able to offer their best service. After all, they are supposed to work in all kinds of weather and venue conditions, which makes the job challenging enough as it is. Imagine them having to spend the whole day under the sun, wearing tight, unbreathable clothes. This will surely feel like torture to your employees, not to mention how guests could easily be disgusted if they’re being served by sweaty waiters. For this reason, it’s best to pick light, breathable materials like cotton, bamboo or a good poly/cotton blend. A good tip is to have several different uniforms that your staff can use according to the temperature conditions, as well as the type of event they’ll be working on.