How far out from your wedding did you book your caterer?

posted 3 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our caterer is included in our venue which we booked 16 months out and our first choice date was already booked. If we had to look for a caterer we’d probably book between 12-15 months out. I’d say the sooner the better once you’re sure and have tasted their food. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Do you get a choice in your caterer? Is it from a pre-approved list? My venue in the Cambridge/Boston area had no restrictions on the caterer. I booked mine about 10 month out with no rush, and it is a labor day weekend wedding so a super popular date. I think it is always good to wait and do research more before booking any vendor, and saying you need to book ASAP 1.5 years out is ridiculous in my opinion.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@crazeecatlady:  If you’re for sure who you’re using as your caterer, I’d ask them if you could put in a deposit and wait till later to pay the remainder. Reason being, since its 1.5 years away, you dont know for sure who will be there. You dont want to pay the full bill and then after too little or too much food.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

About a year

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@crazeecatlady:  Wow! Fully booked 2 years out!  I think a year is reasonable.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

-snorts-

This just reminds me that my idiot ex-caterer really fxcked me over.

I am in the process of finding a new one, in fact. O.O

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Yeah, I’m a little under 10 months out and haven’t booked yet.  Am I behind?? 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m also a boston bee. I feel like a year and a half is reasonable to book as long as you are certain this is the caterer you want to work with. wbat I’ve learned from planning is that things get booked fast!

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