Post # 1
Hi Cincy Bees,
I have been getting quotes from various caterers and I have one that is much lower than the rest, even though it’s for more food and more service. They were the first caterer to respond, and they have been very accomodating because I live out of town. I’m wondering how they can manage to be so much less expensive. Am I going to get hit with hidden fees on the day of the wedding? Has anyone had a similar experience?
Post # 3
I don’t know too much about catering companies as I’m using a place that has it all included. Maybe see if you can get a tasting? You shouldn’t get hidden fees if you’ve signed a contract and read it thoroughly…Make sure to do that!
Sorry I can’t be of more help!
Post # 4
I spoke with a catering company when I was considering having our reception at a venue without a chef and the lady at the catering company said that they do tastings even before a contract is signed. She said that nobody should ever hire a caterer without first tasting their food because she would rather somebody say up front after a tasting, ‘hey, this isn’t what I think I’m looking for’ as opposed to waiting until after a contract is signed, money has been paid, etc. to taste the food and then decide it’s not your ‘cup of tea.’ She also said that this method of tasting first and signing a contract after encourages customers who might otherwise be leary of using a company with such reasonable prices. Just a thought – maybe ask them about doing this (tasting before a contract is signed to make sure it’s what you want)?
Post # 5
We decided on Be Creative Catering out of Hebron. Our hall originally quoted us a price including catering at $4400 but it was really for minimal food — cold meat platters more then anything. Then I saw in the Cincy Knot Mag that my site allowed outside caterers. I called them and found that their price become $1900 for four hours, beer, wine, soda, etc. I priced various caterers and Be Creative was by far the best plus their selection is amazing. We had a tasting and were blown away — it was amazing!!! Everyone I have heard from who used them has great things to say and the best [art was for 200 ppl it is only going to be around $1800!!! For us it was one of the easiest and best decisions we have made thus far. We are even going to contact them about doing our Rehersal Dinner!!!
Post # 6
Check out their company on the Better Business Bureau and see if they are rated or if they have any complaints issued against them in the last three years.
You may have just gotten very lucky! Definitely set up a tasting, as well.
Post # 7
We choose Jasmine Catering in Lebanon Ohio. They are a small business with a lot of experiance! Their rates are very affordable and are willing to work with Brides on a budget. I have worked it out to make it 10.50 a plate. 10.50 a plate is a wonderful price for amazing food! I would highly recommend checking them out! Also as far as rehearsal dinner budget, book your favorite restruant and work with the manager to make a set menu for your group. I am not renting a room, I just made reservations for 30, that will be able to pick from a premade menu. For most anything wedding related, I would recommend to look into small local business.