Post # 1
IM working with a fab wedding planner, she refers caterers and I am to narrow down options myself. However, one of the caterers just quoted us $14,000 this included rentals, waitstaff, some alcohol, and the food Stations For 100 guests, Is this a reasonable quote? Am I off my rocker? Are THEY off their rocker? Help!!! This sounds like so much money!!!
our initial wedding budget was $25,000 but with these costs it sounds unattainable!
I live in Connecticut. Anyone with any insight???
Post # 3
shit! that seems VERY expensive!!! we paid $5000 all up for 70 guests to eat dinner (huge meal – buffet – was delicious!!) with desert as well and 74 bottles of wine as well as $10 conkage per bottle and a bar tab for beer. $14000 is EXTREME to me!!!
Post # 4
Good god! For 100 people, that sounds (more than) a little outrageous!! Are you able to look for outside caterers yourself, or are you bound to work with the ones she suggests? I, personally, would be trying to look elsewhere…
Post # 5
Depends what type of food and if the “some alcohol” is a beverage package ie beer and wine for 5 hours. That’s still on the higher end.
Post # 6
Jesus christ. No. That sounds like swanky Philly venues.
Post # 7
Ok good I’m glad everyone thinks this is high also, Im never sure with whole wedding thing if I am just underestimating the cost if things….
Post # 8
@MUAbride2be: I dunno. Our food/service/bar is running us 23k for 150 people. I live in CT but I’m getting married in Strubridge.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
$140 pp isn’t a terrible deal in NJ
Post # 10
@MUAbride2be: Unless you live in NYC, that’s awfully high. I’d get other quotes. Also, if the estimate includes alcohol, check to see if you could get a lower price with just beer & wine plus non-alcoholic drinks or if they offer a bar that doesn’t have top shelf liquor, that brings down prices.
Also, you mentioned that rentals are included. If it’s just basic linens, then it wouldn’t account for much of the price. But if your rentals include tables and premium linens, that would contribute to the price at least a little.
Post # 11
What is on the menu?? because this could make a world of difference!
Post # 12
I bet you can do better. I don’t care if they’re serving steak and lobster for dinner. $140/pp is too much.
Post # 13
Wow! That is very expensive. With all of the things included that you mentioned, I am paying $7000 and I thought that was too much.
Post # 14
@MUAbride2be: it really depends on the menu and the drinks that are included in this price. $140pp is not outrageous for good catering when it includes everything else too.
Post # 15
I thought it was high until I saw Ct. Depending on your proximity to NYC, it could be reasonable.
Post # 16
Wow $14k just for the food?! That is outrageous! I would look at other caterers and speak with your planner to re-negotiate. Our price is $9k for 175 people not including alcohol and I think that is high. Not sure if your wedding site is like ours, but we have a preferred vendor list that is extremely limited. If we don’t use their preferred vendors, then we have to pay a fee to use someone else… basically the site gets “kick backs” regardless which infuriates me every time I think about it but we signed the contract, not much we can do now! Is it possible this is the case with your planner? That because she referred the caterer, her “kick back” is included?