Meeting with a potential caterer – What should I ask? Ideas on budgeting?

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
Post # 4
6158 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CoCoCourtney:  buffet is typically more than a seated dinner.

with a seated dinner the food staff knows exactly how much each person is getting. with a buffet, people could take a lot more than 1 portion so much more food needs to be made to accommodate and not run out.


Post # 5
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I think the easiest way to approach this is to give the caterer the budget that you want to stick to and what you are thinking in terms of food and formality. They’ll develope a proposal for you from there and then you can negotiate the specific menu and costs.

Make sure you give them an accurate budget to start with though.

Post # 6
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

– tell them upfront what you can afford and what you want.  They’ll tell you if it’s realistic. 

– make sure to ask about their policy regarding tastings as well, I’ve found that this varies

– if there are must have items (my FH really really really wants late night poutine, he doesn’t ask for much so it has to be there) make sure they know what they are

– same goes for things you really don’t care about – make sure they know

Buffet was actually more expensive with every caterer I spoke with – same reasons PP mentioned, you’ll also end up with a lot of wasted food.


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