(Closed) Newbee…Need help with Catering

posted 7 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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 # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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 # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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.

http://footerscatering.com/taste/menu/wedding/stations/

http://footerscatering.com/taste/menu/wedding/buffet/

http://footerscatering.com/taste/menu/wedding/sample-3/

http://footerscatering.com/taste/menu/wedding/sample-1/

http://footerscatering.com/taste/menu/wedding/sample-2/

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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..

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