- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I am desperate for a good caterer. One that I can afford! The wedding is in Pittsburgh and we’re having approximately 80 people (max 100 I hope).
I went from wanting a kosher wedding, way too expensive, to settling for a vegetarian/dairy/fish dinner. We hope to provide our own dessert and are looking at whether or not we can self cater the cocktail hour ourselves with cheese and cold appetizers etc… The venue is BYOB and a family member is gifting that to us.
But, our budget is limited to 40 per person for dinner. I’ve gone to places and had an appetizer, dinner, and with a shared dessert and paid only that much per person. And that’s at decent places, not cheapo chain restaurants.
We’d need plates and cutlery. And we’d probably need linens as well (although I plan on trying to purchase those used).
Anyhoo, so far the quotes (with plates) have hovered around 75 a head. That’s far more than we can afford and the real kicker is that these have been starch based meals, ones that we would NEVER serve our guests, many of whom are coming from very far away. We’re looking to have a fish dish, some pasta or other starch, veggies, salad etc… maybe something tofu based. It need not be fancy, just well prepared and suited to a buffet, or stations. We’d consider plated if the price was right. I’ve had a lot of caterers basically force us into consultations before giving us a price, this has been a nightmare with our schedules (we both work and are pursuing master’s degrees in our “free time”). I feel angry and cheated after every appointment b/c, after 2 hours plus driving, all of my fun time for the week is basically gone (and usually we’re taking work time off to meet with them too, meaning working later).
Does anyone know of a caterer in town that is both capable of hosting an on-site event and affordable? Someone willing to work with a bride on a tiny budget? I appreciate any and all advice.
(PS. I have written a similar post on another site and got some advice regarding having a dessert only reception, and heavy hors d’oevures. Thanks for the ideas but I cannot ask someone to fly here from overseas and then give them a piece of cake. At that point I rather just skip having a wedding instead of being a bad hostess).