Post # 1
I am seriously needing some help with deciding on which of my preferred caterers to contact that will stay within my budget of 4k MAX for 150. (alcohol not included because I can bring that in myself and hire a licensed bartender for cheap.) The theme of our wedding is Red Carpet Wedding and to go along with that we wanted to do a Cocktail Style Reception. Lots of mingling, dnacing, drinking, and eating. We were thinking about 4 passed hor d’ourves during cocktail hour and then heavy hor d’ourves/Stations for the dinner portion. Presentation and taste would have to be TOP NOTCH! I REALLY do not want the buffet line thing PERIOD! Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on any of these caterers as far as price, taste, and presentation. Would they be able to deliver what I am asking within my budget or am I crazy.
Affairs by Dierdra, Avante Catering, Avenue Catering Concepts, Endive Catering, Badda Bing, Soiree Catering, and Bold American.
Post # 3
I am not from your area so can’t comment on the caterers, but just wanted to remind you to check that both your venue and your local liquor regulations allow you to bring in your own alcohol. Otherwise that can be a rude shock to the budget.
Post # 4
Yes my venue and the city of Decatur allows for this. Which is how I came up with my budget for just food. Thanks for the advice though!
Post # 5
I’m not sure I would suggest Endive. They took about a month to even get back to me when I requested a quote, which ended up being about $2500 for only 30 people, though this did include staffing and linens.
I emailed back and forth with Bold American but then they stopped responding before they even sent a quote, I don’t know what that was about.
I would definitely try negotiating caterer’s quotes. I straight up asked them what kind of menu they could produce for me that would stick to my budget, and then picked the best sounding one which was also the one closest to my budget. But ultimately it was a lot more expensive than I thought. I’m paying about $1300 for a brunch for 30 people, buffet style, without any fancy extras. Granted the food is delicious, but still. 4k might be stretching it for 150 people. But who knows.
Post # 6
Im not sure what area your from also, but did you consider finding a venue with catering included?? But the best thing to do look them up and google and see if they have critques negative or postive. Good luck!
Post # 7
@princess; I am in Atlanta. Yes I considered venues where catering is included and it was way above my TOTAL budget. I have already decided on my venue based on our budget and the fact that they have preferred caterers however they do allow outside catering for an extra fee. Outside alcohol is allowed without any extra fees. I checked weddingwire reviews on all the caterers mentioned but thought I would get some other opinions as well.
Post # 8
We are using Talk Of The Town, they are great to work with & their prices aren’t bad at all if you haven’t looked in to them.
Post # 9
i’m not familiar with the caterers in your area but here’s pricing and sample menus from a caterer that i really like. it will give you an idea of what you get for what price point. the first is the food stations you are talking about. it is a bit more than your budget but a good caterer should be able to do something within your budget. it might mean substituting more inexpensive items like chicken quesadillas for more expensive items like bacon wrapped scallops.
with your budget, you’re looking at just over $20 per person for food if you’re counting the cost of staff, gratuity, dinnerware (either renting or paper/plastic), linens, and any other rentals into your budget.
Post # 10
I don’t really know about the rest, but I think you can count out Bold American. They are gonna run you at least $45-50/person. I think it’s best to just call each place, give them your budget and see if they can work with you. That being said, your budget is quite low for Atlanta, That’s less than $27/person. I’ve had several people tell me to budget 4-5k and I’m having 100 people. Luckily, you’ve chosen a less expensive meal, so I’d imagine someone might be able to give you close to what you are looking for.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone for the advice.
Post # 12
@RedCarpetBride: Where are you getting married? I just noticed your profile says Snellville. I grew up in Snellville and now live in Loganville.
Post # 13
If you do look in to Talk of The Town, I think their price per person is $22 minimum.. I didn’t really think it was too bad but we also have to use them for the venue we are using..