- 3 years ago
Does anyone in Northern VA have recommendations for caterers?
My fiancé and I are beginning to work with our wedding planner to get catering proposals. We’re planning on doing passed hor’s d’oeuvres, a plated dinner, and a dessert table in lieu of a cake. Looking to avoid DC-based caterers because of the 10% sales tax.
We also need to rent our plates, glassware, flatware, and potentially linens, so if a caterer provides those, great! We’ve seen some prices already, but are curious what else is out there. Rental suggestions are also welcome (with rentals of plates independently, does the user usually have to wash, etc. before returning? I haven’t rented before so just curious).
We’ve been getting proposals from caterers for food/rentals based on 150 people. The proposals we’ve seen have been ~$16,000 and $18,000 (before tax and gratuity), which include rentals. These seem high to me and we’d like to get closer to $10,000 if possible (I understand this may not be feasible with the rentals). The food costs themselves have been lower ($6K-$8K), but then the service charges (basically paying per hour per person working with the caterer) and rental costs combined seem pretty high to me – the service charges have been about $5500 and then rentals have ranged from $4200 (for glassware, etc.) to $2400, plus linen costs of either $500 or $1000. Just looking to see what’s out there.