(Closed) Caterer does not clean tables off…?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
4824 posts
Honey bee

What part to you mean? Linens and centerpieces? you could ask if you could pay extra to the caterer to do that, or if you have a DOC, they could do that. 

We had an outside caterer, but they were doing the linens etc for us, so they did that. It was also a stationed reception and not buffet so they had more staff available.

Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i’m having this same thought about my reception! we are more likely going to get a 2 person wait staff (party of 80)

Post # 5
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had to take my centerpieces and linens off. (our mom’s were repsonsible for that). But our dirty dishes and the rest of the food was taken away immediately.

Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

Alot of caterers don’t clear the tables. You can hire college/h.s. kids to do that (and anything else) or there are companies that have staff you can hire to serve, clean up, etc.

Post # 8
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What? Do the dirty dishes sit on the table in front of the guests for the entirety of the night? I don’t even understand how that would work? Does the caterer provide servers for the event? Maybe they are saying they expect you to provide your own servers (which would be weird…)

Post # 9
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The caterer should at the least be able to outsource that for you and just charge you for it…wow, that’s kind of awkward. I expect that having a non weddingy venue, but the caterer has offered to hook me up with servers, a dishwasher, supervisor, bar staff etc. and built it in to the quote line by line.

Post # 11
3783 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think it’s weird that the caterer doesn’t even offer clearing…  even if they are going to charge more.  But then if you’ve no one to server then I guess that makes sense.

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