Post # 1
That’s what one venue charges, to serve the bride and her attendants (up to 10 people), in the room where she’s getting ready. Fifty dollars, for cheese and crackers. That cheese better be from the moon, and imported crackers from Mars or something, I swear.
Sorry for the mild rant, but after having gone looking at venues for receptions this past week, I finally got around to looking at the various brochures that were stuffed into my hands at each place. My FMIL insists on having a reception for us (and paying), and so I obliged her by checking out locations that she had in mind.
As for the cheese and crackers, I could get a 24-pack of soda and a tray of cheese and crackers at a Walmart for $25, so not sure where they think $50 is acceptable just for snacks that feed less than a dozen people. Its too bad this particular place did not allow outside catering. What a rip-off.
I’ve thought about having the reception at someone’s house, but for the amount of people, nobody I know has the room for that many. 🙁
Post # 3
Do you have to get ready there? What about getting ready in your hotel room instead?
Post # 4
@jenilynevette: No, I wouldn’t get ready there, I’d probably get ready at home (or FIL’s house or something). It’s just crazy how you mention anything wedding related and the price of everything gets jacked up so much.
Post # 5
@Sweet_Tea: Totally crazy.
When searching for some venues I seen some pretty crazy pricing. The first place I fell in love with was a B&B, they were perfect in everyway EXCEPT they wanted to cater for you. They wanted to charge me $30per person for the most horrible meal choices [I’m talking hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, sloppy joe]. I tried so hard for them to let me cater in something else but they refused. Because of this, I decided not to go with them.
Post # 6
Very crazy, yep if anything is mentioned “Wedding” related prices sky rocket.
I would go and buy my own crackers etc.
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: That’s insane. Granted, $30 a plate is way cheaper than the $80+ MINIMUM per plate required at these places, but wow.
@SmileyKitty: I know! I’m tempted to call these same places and ask how much a business meeting would cost, or a family reunion, just to compare the prices!
Post # 8
@Sweet_Tea: Nice markup, right? My venue had about the same. And they didn’t let you bring in any food/drink, so if you wanted anything you had to order. I thought about getting ready at our hotel and just get subs and drinks but we didn’t do that.
I ended up buying one of our venue’s “trays” and asking for them to split it between the girls’ ready area and the guys’ area. They did that no problem. So it saved the cost of one tray and was plenty of food. We didn’t really eat much, and I ended up asking the staff to add the stuff to the cocktail offerings just so it would get eaten.
Post # 9
Oh, you better get used to it! Wedding = stupid markup.
Post # 10
@Jennlee: It is insane! I figure if I DID go with a place like that, I’m gonna have to smuggle a couple of 2 liters of soda or a gallon of tea and some snacks in a cute bag. I’ll even tell them that I’m not going to be paying those asinine prices for food/drinks. If I get thirsty, I have no problem sticking my head under the faucet for a drink (provided my boobs don’t interfere). If they want to bitch, I will be more than happy to let the months-long pent up bridezilla loose on Tokyo! I’m past the point of giving a rat’s rear end what they think.
@Pinkmoon: I know, weddings = $$$$! Even when I tell them I’m not having the actual wedding there. One place responded with “Ohh…well then we can knock off $10 per person from the total.” Ten dollars per person.
Post # 11
I’m doing cheese and crackers and veggies for an appetizer for the cocktail hour and it’s $6.25 per person…. $812.50 for cheese and crackers and veggies… it’s out of control.
Post # 13
@Sweet_Tea: Ooohhh this happened to me, DH and I asked the hotel to send up some cheese and crackers and a bottle of cheap wine to his parents’ room as a welcome gift from us, they charged me freakin $75 for it!!! I grumbled and paid it but I was so cranky.
Post # 14
Actually, our caterer does mostly corporate catering but has started to do more weddings and they use the exact same pricing and menu options. It’s one of the reasons I picked them! Our two meat, 2 veg, salad and roll buffet was $14.00/person which was very reasonable. But they wanted to charge $13/gallon for lemonade/iced tea and $7.50/person for cheese/veggie tray. Therefore, we chose to do the drinks and cheese/veggies ourselves! I think it’s the easy stufff like that where they have higher profit margins.
Post # 15
I work in a hotel and last summer we had a bridal party getting ready upstairs when I was on. I suprised them with 2 (TWO!) bottles of sparkling wine to say congrats and have a blast, just because I’m a romantic. $50 for cheese and crackers??!? Do you have ANY idea how many free cheese plates, or chocolate covered strawberry plates I’ve gifted people over the years??? I call BS!
Post # 16
@Sweet_Tea: I don’t know, I don’t think $50 is that bad TBH.
Most hotels where I live would charge around £5/$8 for crackers and cheese; meaning, enough for 10 people would likely cost around $80.
Obviously it’s cheaper to buy your own, but hotels/restaurants etc are businesses and need to make a profit; plus there’s the cost of crockery/the staff to serve it/wash the plates, etc so I don’t think you can compare the two.