Post # 1
We found a caterer that lives about 1.5 hours away from our venue in Palm Springs. Palm Springs is a real expensive town. Some vendors here think everyone is rich, knows Frank Sinatra and has buku bucks to spend. Not the case with me.
Two Palm Springs vendors thus far have quoted me 2,000 for just appetizers.
This far away reputable caterer is willing to provide:
1 entree, 3sides, two appetizers, 1 salad, glassware, linens (tablecloths and cloth napkins), tableware, silverware, 3 tiered cake, champage, cake service, 3-4 waitstaff, set up, clean up and breakdown For 62 adults.
He is charging $3800. THe only extra I would pay for would be tips for the staff.
What do you guys think…..
Post # 3
Hi, I know the prices in Palm Springs must be astronomically high! Are you happy with this caterer that you are thinking about? Is this going to allow you to have other things at your wedding that are important to you I’m not trying to make you feel bad, but are you getting Flowers, centerpieces, Gown, flowers, jewelry, undergarments, shoes, music, photography, videography, other drinks beyond the champagne toast invites that you want etc. I am assuming that you already have a venue that allows this caterer. Will you be happy with what you are getting for this price? Are you a DIY person? At this price for 62 guests, what he is providing is $61.00 per guest. Receptions are the biggest chunk-due to food costs. Some people pay $100.00 or more per guest for their wedding, so in that respect it sounds okay. There may be other ways to do this that are “outside the box” but since I don’t know other factoids about your wedding I just don’t know. If you want to PM me, I could give you other ideas to think about to cut costs depending on your venue, and what you already have contracted/spent. I don’t mind sharing some cost-cutting ideas. 🙂
Post # 4
The price sounds good. However, it’s unilkely you can have just one entree – people should have the option of two or three. That will bring your costs up. Are the appetizers provided by local caterers really just appetizers, or could you do a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffer for the same price. The latter is our plan and it comes out <$50 / person.
Post # 5
That sounds pretty reasonable. It’s hard anywhere to find a full dinner for less than $15-20 per person. Upwards of $50 pp for food alone is still really common.
Rentals (silverware, linens, plates, etc) can easily be $15-20 pp for basic stuff.
Cake is usually $3 and up per person.
So add those up, and the fact that’s he’s including a champagne toast, service (15-20% of the food cost), and appetizers, it’s probably about as good a deal as you are likely to find. Especially from a reputable person who is “tried and true” versus a brand-new or fly-by-night company that you might not feel so comfortable with.
Post # 6
For 150 people, we paid 6415 for food and service (including set up, cake service and clean up and break down). That included more food options than you have, but did not include cake, champagne, linens, silverware, glassware (did include dinner plates).
This was a reputable but reasonable (not cheap, but not expensive) company. So, with that in mind, i’d say this guy sounds like a good deal! (though I’d look into adding another entree if possible)