Post # 1
What is an average price for a caterer? The inclusive hotels I have found are anywhere from $80+ but I understand this includes tables, chairs, dishes, etc. Some prices I have found are around $20 or sometimes less – does this not include service or plates? Other places say you should average about $50pp. It seems like there is a large discrepency – am I missing something? What is normal?
Post # 3
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
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
- 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
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.