These are all things to look for when it comes to hiring a professional to help plan and execute your wedding. You will be working closely with these people, after all, and that means you will need to ensure they have the skills to communicate well with you.
For starters, wedding catering is mainly about the food. So make sure you taste everything before signing on the bottom line. A meal which looks like eye candy in a picture but is lacking flavor at the party will ruin the entire reception.
Restaurants and the food catering companies mainly deliver dinner, dessert and beverages and, they may offer service staff for a fee. Most of these companies seem to have a chef or managing owner that was in the business elsewhere and decided to go into business for them self or in a partnership. So they know what's going on and can probably come through with what you and your fiance want.
For some reason nowadays people don't RSVP. I would get on the phone and call anyone who doesn't have the courtesy to respond. You don't want people showing up and no place to seat them.
Always, always, always reconfirm everything, right down to the last minute. This can be a job you give to your Maid of Honor, one of your bridesmaids, but it has to be someone extremely trustworthy. Every single thing you have in reservation mode MUST be reconfirmed. Your limo, your photography, your rabbi or priest, your reception area, your band, your church or synagogue or wedding hall. If you've reserved it. It needs last minute confirmation a day or two ahead and again a few hours ahead.
Some couples use rose petals for their wedding reception decoration. The color will suit a Fall winter theme. You can buy them from your local florist. The petals would have to be assembled just hours before the reception else they may wither and look dull. They need their glossy brilliance to create the right decoration effects.
If you have too many choices' then you will be lost in the variety that is available and you will soon end up doing nothing. You should first make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want and how you want the decorations to look like. You can choose a theme and decorate your hall accordingly. You can choose a colour for example. If you have chosen blue to be your colour then you can make use of blue wedding flowers that will help you decorate your hall. These are available at the florists for order.
If there is a cheaper and equal good alternative, go for it. This tip is especially for rings. Instead of expensive gold or diamond, you can have many alternatives that are equally good. It would not be noticeable that they are of inferior quality.