(Closed) Caterers

posted 14 years ago in Maine
Post # 3
13 posts

If you have a hotel, it is inclusive of linens, table, silverware.  If you use only a catering company they are usually only giving you the cost of food only and all the other stuff is extra


Post # 4
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2022

It all depends on the location, there is no "average" price since the level of quality will vary from place to place.

The poster above is right, if it’s at a venue that already has all the stuff, the price should include everything.  But if you pick a venue that is a blank slate, then the caterer needs to charge extra for a rental company to bring all the tables, chairs, etc. and that adds up quickly.

It will all depend whether you want to be more creative and create your own space, or just go with the flow and pick what the venue offers.

Don’t be afraid to ask each venue what their per person price includes.  Tax, service charge, gratuity, etc. are sometimes tacked on separately to make the per person price seem lower.

Post # 5
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Our final catering bill (which includes dishes, silverware, setup, gratuity for 6 servers and 2 bartenders, ice, passed hors d’oeuvres, plated salad, buffet, cake cutting and tax) was $45 pp.  This is on the low end of what we found though, in Southern Maine.

Post # 6
87 posts
Worker bee

Our flat-out food bill pp is right around $23 pp, and includes seafood, chicken, beef & veggie options – enough so everyone can have some of each. This is by far the best price I found. The range of quotes I received in Southern Maine were from this low to $80 pp for significantly less food.

None of my quotes included alcohol (we’re providing), service or rentals. Our food + service (again, no alcohol or rentals) will be just about $40pp.

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