@princesscharming: The average price where I live (which is in the DC/Metropolitan area) and where we’re getting married (which is wushy cushy Annapolis – I know, you’re from Canada, so you have no idea where I’m talking about, lol), it’s literally average $60-100 per person. Even for hors d’ouevres. Not including booze.
I got extremely lucky with my caterer and went with a small, locally owned and operated restaurant. FI and I went there to try it out (we had dinner) before we even considered them for catering, and the food was surprisingly good.
After reviewing their catering menu and realizing that HEY! Prices don’t change between “office parties” and “weddings” (which happens a lot – tell your caterers you’re planning a “small gathering” and that should help…prices of crap triple here when you say ‘wedding’), we chose to pick everyone’s dish for them (instead of having multiple options and having people tell us on their response card). My caterer advised that having people pick their own food is often a poor idea because most of them won’t remember what they picked, often get someone else’s food, or decide hey! I want to try ALL of those options, which significantly screws up the number of portions they make.
So we got chicken and two sauces (Marsala and Lemon Caper – which will be on the side and they can choose which sauce thye want), roasted potatoes, grilled veggies, salad and rolls, for 60 people, for ~$15/person.
I think the two things that helped us were that our caterer is not located IN Annapolis like the rest of them were (we had to pick from an approved catering list the venue supplied – check with your venue to see if they’ve got one), and that we went with a local, Mom & Pop small-town type place that the “locals know and love” but anyone not in the area wouldn’t really know about. Despite that, they are extremely competent and put forward delicious food. And my catering manager is an absolute peach!
Also if you’re planning booze, Idk how it works in Canada, but FI and I actually got our own 1 day liquor license and knocked out all of that extra cost..$55 later, and we can serve beer, wine and hard alcohol. Anything brought to the event that day is covered under our license, and we got to buy the booze ourselves. 🙂 No markup.