Post # 1
Hey everyone! I’m completely torn between two caterers:
3 passed appetizers, 2 displays – all was good. Fiance liked steak better at this one, and I loved the vegetarian option (The chicken was a little dry). Includes a discount on chiavari chairs (amounts to like 50% of the cost of the other caterer), all linens, bar set up, and coffee/tea.
4 passed appetizers. I loved all the food here, but like I said, Fiance liked the first steak better. Very limited china selection, and would have to adjust our linen color (I wanted eggplant but they don’t have enough for the tables, so we’d have to do cream table cloths with egpplant accents, not a huge deal). It also includes the bar set up, all linens, coffee/tea.
Do I go with the caterer who has a better selection of “extras” that I need and okay food, or the one where I loved the food and has a more limited supply of the extras? Option 2 is more expensive by about $1500. Thoughts???
Post # 3
I voted for one. I’m a bottom line kind of gal and I like that they have all the extra perks. and steak!!
Post # 4
I think that because Option 1 has lots of extras for a better price, and you like the food, I’d go for that one. If the food was just awful, I wouldn’t suggest it. But is basically sounds like you’d be paying the extra $$$ for slightly higher quality food? Am I understanding that right?
Post # 5
When you envision your wedding meal, are you more concerned with the overall aesthetic of the meal or more concerned with how it tastes? In my experience, very few people remember subtle differences in catering – I mean if it is truely outstanding it will be mentioned, if it is truely terrible it will get mentioned (been to a few of these weddings), but everything in between the two extremes just gets remembered as “food that we ate.” (unless you, or your guests, are particularly food-conscious or work in certain food related industries)
Was the different in taste $1500 worth of better? Better to pay more and have to tweak your vision? If yes, then I’d go with #2. If not, I’d go with #1.
Edited to add: I rarely come across moist chicken when catered; it’s almost always dry and … eh. Are you set on chicken? Maybe it could be prepared a different way or your non-red-meat option could be pork or fish instead? If your Fiance loved the steak, and you loved the veg option … they can clearly cook. Maybe it’s the protein’s fault.
Post # 6
@Gemstone: Yeah, the food at the second one was better. The major difference was the linens and choice of china/silverware. I think the huge price difference comes from the chivari chair cost (4.50 vs. 9/chair). My concern with the first one is, if the chicken is dry when they’re cooking it for two, is it going to be just as dry when they’re cooking for 170?
Post # 7
I voted one, but is it possible that you can change the kind of chicken you sampled or make some kind of substitution? It’s kind of a hard line to walk but perhaps you can metion your issues with the chicken and see what their response is?
Post # 8
I personally would choose better quality food over anything else because I don’t know how many people notice the “little” things…but I know how many notice the food: everyone.
Good luck and let us know what you go with! 🙂
Post # 9
@abbie017: Oops, I guess I misread and thought you weren’t going to go with the chicken as an option. Sorry! Are there any other meal choices you could go with instead of the chicken?
My other reasoning is…people’s taste in food is so variable anyway, you may never please everyone, even if your caterer is stellar. Which will make you the happiest?
Post # 10
I’d pick the better food over the better silverware/linens. IMO, people remember the food way more than the color of the tablecloths or design of the plates.
Post # 11
Go with the cheaper option.
Post # 12
Thanks for the opinions everyone. I still have no idea of which one to go with, but have some new thoughts to consider! 🙂