Post # 1
Which are you planning to use (or did you use if you are already married) and why?
Obviously the restaurant caterer is cheaper if one is on a budget. Most restaurants do offer catering and if you pick a favorite, you would already know what the food is like so you don’t need to taste a million different places to find out what the food is like before you book them. On the other hand, depending on the venue you choose, some require that you use a wedding caterer that has a certain 5 digit food and beverage minimum and there is no guarantee that the food you tasted before you booked them will be the same quality as on the day of the wedding. Some even go so far as to not allow tastings of any kind until months after you book them so that you’re walking in blind and taking a huge risk, at which point it is way too late to do anything if it doesn’t work out.
That said, I’ve had food from both on many occasions (only once at a wedding-related event done by a restaurant) and they’re both good. However I can only count one time that a restaurant caterer served in-edible food but that was a fluke but the rest were delicious and there was no issue with the fact that they came from where they did.
If you did go with a restaurant, is there a certain type of cuisine you chose? Or just standard American food and nothing ethnic, etc?
Post # 3
We are going with a caterer but we live in a rural area and really good restaurants are hard to come by.
Go with what you love. As long as the food is good, your guests are not going to care where it came from!
Post # 4
Going with your favorite restaurant isn’t always cheaper… but there are more options so it appeals to many different budgets! 🙂
Getting a restaurant to cater a private function is so common now… it’s just easier to go with food that you know you like! You know what you’re going to get & caterers can be a pain to deal with. A lot of caterers won’t let you taste their food until after you agree to go with them or they don’t call you back, etc.
Post # 5
We went with a resturaunt but our cost per plate was about the same amount as if we went with a caterer. We had a custom menu though (several appetizers, beef and chicken)
Post # 6
My fiance and I are getting married in a century old courthouse turned museum and we’re going to have to go with a caterer. The venue doesn’t require us to use a caterer over a restaurant, but they do require someone, us or the people serving the food and beverages, to carry five million dollars of insurance. Restaurants just don’t have that kind of insurance for events with the exception of a few really expensive steakhouse type places and we’re having a vegetarian menu. And obviously it was out of the question for us to personally buy coverage for five million dollars, so caterer it is!