- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
We decided to have our informal backyard wedding buffet catered by a small, local restaurant. We had a tasting and a discussion with the owner a few days ago, and pretty much settled on the menu, the delivery details, and the final cost. A few questions for those who have had restaurants cater off-site:
1. What comes next, now that we’ve decided on them? Do we ask them for a formal quote and a contract, or is that unusual for small restaurants (and small amounts — our food budget is $1,400, which is a lot for me but not for weddings in general)?
2. What is a typical deposit percentage?
3. What if the food runs out? Should we ask them how much food they plan per person, since it is a buffet? We gave them a pretty solid estimate of the number of guests (most guests will be local) and we will give them a final head count closer to the wedding date, but we basically already fixed the total payment, so it is not a per person cost. Should I ask them how much they would charge if we go, say 10 people over our estimated guest count?
This is the only outside vendor we have, and I’m a little nervous as we don’t know much about the restaurant.It got mixed reviews online, though I liked/trusted the owner when we met her and the food was quite good. I’d love to hear about how other people dealt with restaurant catering. Thanks!