Post # 1
I am SO EXCITED to be planning a brunch reception, but I’m worried I’m getting a bad deal from caterers. I also just might be naive about catering prices!
I’m getting quoted $50 pp for buffet style eggs, bacon, sausage, quiche, frittata, potatoes, and a pancake station with fun toppings. During the cocktail hour, there’ll be a plate of muffins/bagels/fruit breads (whatever fruit bread is). Also includes drinks– open bar of beer, wine, mimosas, juices, coffee, and hot chocolate (yay!). Also includes linens for the venue and silverware/plates/glasses.
I can’t decide if this is pricey for brunch or a great deal with all that comes included. My caterer really wants us to either have a full-on cocktail hour (and add more options for more $$!) or to have the food ready immediately after the ceremony, which will be held on-site. I’m not a huge fan of everyone going right into the buffet– I feel like there should be more milling around for at least a half hour- 45 min while we have some time for pictures! I was thinking people could grab a drink and a pastry/bagel/muffin before the food is served but the caterer thinks everyone will be hungry. Thoughts?
Any thoughts on the timing issue as well as pricing would be greatly appreciated! Thanks SO much!
Post # 3
@SoonToBeSimmons: if it’s $50 pp including the alcohol and everything you listed I think that sounds alright, might be a little high. I think the cocktail hour is a good idea. People aren’t going to want to immediately hit the buffet line so if food is ready right after the wedding it will get cold/won’t be as fresh. as long as you have some nibbly items around, even cheese and fruit with mini pastries, you’ll be fine IMO
Post # 4
This sounds like a great price! I’m just an hour south of you in DC and my wedding will be in Alexandria, VA. We looked into a brunch reception but decided on lunch instead. Sounds like a good deal to me, especially since it includes alcohol, especially for this area.
Post # 5
I’m set on having some sort of cocktail hour, it juse seems like the caterer might be getting a bit frustrated with me! I’m probably reading too much into it…
Thanks for the advice! I’m hoping it’s a decent deal, because it seems like no matter how much I go back and forth and try to trim down the menu, the price isn’t getting any lower. My venue requires you use one of 2 caterers, so I’m hoping the other caterer can maybe come down a little!
I was under the impression that breakfast food would save us a lot of money– and maybe it is, and I just don’t know what dinner prices run. Still, $50pp seems expensive when you’re having 150 guests!