Which is cheaper (caterer)

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Whats cheaper?
    Caterer that a venue provides : (3 votes)
    19 %
    Caterer outside of venue : (6 votes)
    38 %
    Both about the same(catering) : (4 votes)
    25 %
    Bar that venue provides : (0 votes)
    Bar outside of venue : (3 votes)
    19 %
    Both the same (bar) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @SaugaBride:  where I live, i found that hiring a caterer was equally expensive as booking a venue that provided catering. 

    When we first started planning our wedding, we were doing it all on our own and we found a few places that were basically empty halls, no tables or chairs, they were called women’s clubs. ANd you would have to pay a site fee of like $2K-$3K. We would then have to hire a caterer, rent chairs, linens, we would have to buy all the liquor and it would have been very difficult bc I have no idea how much liquor to buy for a 165 person wedding!

    So we ended up going to a catering hall. Where everything was already there, tables, chairs, linens, bar, the works. 

    I think in other cities our first idea would have worked, but living in NYC, everything is so pricey, its ridiculous. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    729 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    It completely depends on the quality of the venue and caterer – you could get a cheap venue and cheap catering that costs much less than a venue with catering included, or much more expensive. It has to be the right balance and each option needs to be calculated on its own with comparative quality. With that said, you can get really good packages from some venues with catering included but you might have to sacrifice a lot of quality.

    Post # 5
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @SaugaBride:  While it definitely depends, I think you can probably get lower pricing with an independent caterer (or much higher prices, but I think included caterers are usually in the middle). I’m in Chicago, and for our ~130 guests, the lowest pricing was going with an independent caterer.

    I didn’t come across any venue/caterer combos that just didn’t have bar at all (so either it was an inclusive package or the caterer provided it) BUT some venues allowed us to provide our own alcohol. So I have a mixer package for $5/person that includes all the non-alcoholic drinks and the bartender, but we will provide the alcohol, which is definitely a savings.

    If you want more detailed info (I made a bilion comparison spreadsheets) let me know! I was really confused too so I know where you’re coming from!

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @SaugaBride:  It varies greatly. We booked a venue that doesn’t provide anything besides tables and chairs and a kitchen basically. We are buying our own alcohol (hoping to make a few trips to Quebec and the states since booze is cheaper there than in Ontario), and we can choose a caterer who fits our budget and makes the kind of food we want, rather than being stuck with just a couple choices. So, for us, independent was better, but we were lucky that we could even get our venue because it books so fast and so far ahead.

    Post # 7
    Member
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Depends. Just get quotes.

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