(Closed) caterers are so expensive

posted 5 years ago in New York – Hudson Valley, New York
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mtgulian53114:  I totally sympathize. I’m getting married at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie and that is what we ended up having to pay. There are apparently cheaper options, but I didn’t find any. Sorry I couldn’t be more help, but I can commiserate!

Also, I had a meeting with one caterer (who will remain nameless) who scoffed when we said that our budget was $125 a person and told me it was never going to happen. Needless to say, we didn’t hire her.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are using Creative Foods Catering for our food, as well as servers. We might use them for our rentals, but I’m looking at other places to see if we can get it a little cheaper. 

Our wedding isn’t until next April but so far, the experience has been great. For food, we get two entrees, two sides, a salad and two passed hor dourves for around $30 pp. We are estimating 110 guests in attendence. 

Mehmet has been our main contact and he actually came and did a tasting in our studio apartment in Queens! The food was great and he has been very responsive, frank, and helpful. Good luck!

ETA: Our venue is BYOB so I have no idea how much their booze prices are. 

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mtgulian53114:  We are getting married in September and using Just Gourmet.  The owners names are Chris & Thom.  The pricing is VERY reasonable for amazing food and what is planned to be an even more amazing.  Total for everything is right around $130.  Let me know if you would like thier number

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re also considering getting married at Mount Gulian. We have 90 guests, the lowest quotes we’ve received, which included all service, food, and rentals is 8,000 for the food (cocktail hour + reception) and $4,000 for the rentals (tables, chairs, china, plates, etc). That comes out to $150/person. If you factor in the $5,000 site fee, we’re talking $200 a head. Anyone else have experience at this site that can give me advice on getting these numbers down. Will the site negotiate on price at all? 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is why I ended up going with a venue that would just include everything. I didn’t want to do a cookie cutter banquet hall though, so I had to look around and luckily I found a great bed and breakfast hotel down the shore that offers a great all inclusive price. 

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