(Closed) Affordable Caterer in Philly?!??!

posted 8 years ago in Philadelphia
Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

this might not help but I’m doing off site catering and went with mei catering in trevose PA, they had the best prices for what I needed but can’t give any feedback yet on the food.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Blue Monkey catering all the way! Also Catering by Rich is another awesome one. We were going to use Catering By Rich. We ended up using Blue Monkey since they were on our venue’s list of preferred Caters. We were very pleased with Blue Monkey. HE was reasonable and worked with our limited budget!

 

 
ETA: our ceremony and reception were held at The Brossman Center.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Soon2BMrsP818: Has anyone ever been to a wedding done by Catering by Rich?

 

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Awesome, this info is really helpful. If anyone has updates, please post them!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Soon2BMrsP818:  Hi I saw your post for Blue Monkey. Did you actually use this caterer and if so, can you tell me how it went?

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used Newstreet Catering in West Chester, PA.  That paired with my venue (Milestone Events in West Chester) that allowed external catering.  Newstreet allowed me to buy my own liquor so that saved me from paying per person for an open bar. All I had to pay for was a bartender (which the caterer supplied), the liquor and beer ($1000 total at the liquor store and beer distributor) and an insurance policy (It was $30 through my renter’s insurance). So with $1000 worth of liquor and beer, I had plenty of alcoholic beverages for 130 guests. (Which included mixed drinks, shots and wine. I even had my caterer have supplies for my very own pineapple mohitos.) It was definitely cheaper than paying a caterer who charges $30 per person for a wine and beer bar. Which would have come out to about $4000 if I went that way.  I save $3000!

So bottomline… follow these steps. 

  • First, call around to venues and ask if they allow outside caterers.

 

  • Next, call around to caterers and ask if they allow you to bring your own liquor. (Usually caterers that don’t have liquor licenses will allow this.)

 

  • Just ask around. I thought it was going to be impossible to find venues and caterer with these requirement. I found a handful of cateres that allowed me to bring my own liquor.

PM me if you have any questions.

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Wow, thats a good idea about the liquor. I wonder if our caterer will do that…

 

We actually went our of state for our caterer. I found this wedding compay on here, and they do like everything! We are getting our catering and wedding cake plus like all of our decor. Theyre called Sweet Sensations LLC. They are based in MD but they do weddings all over. They came to us for a tasting and they had prices that worked with our budget. Has anyone else ever heard of them? We are still going with them for sure, but they dont have that many reviews.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not sure if people are still looking for cheap caterers around Philly, but my fiancee and I went with Jeffrey Miller catering because they are extremely affordable and we were on a budget.

They have a “Bistro Menu” option for less than $100 per person. You get to choose four stationary hors d’oeurves during cocktail hour. Then for the seated reception, you get to pick a salad to start, your choice of three entrees (one of them a vegetarian option), and a choice of two sides. The lists that you choose from are extensive, too (so you’re not limited in options). A three-tiered cake is included as well. You get a LOT for your money. We just went to our tasting, and the food is absolutely delicious. Not bland or your typical wedding choices. 

Plus, Jeffrey Miller Catering is BYOB. So we’re saving a ton of money on the booze.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Our backyard!

We went with Joshua’s Catering, based out of Jenkintown and loved them. They use a ton of local, organic food and really personalize the menu depending on your wishes, and they work within your budget…which we liked, since we had an intimate backyard wedding <3 http://www.joshuasevents.com/

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Loved Jeffrey Miller Catering, and especially their Winter discounts, and BYOB policy (saves a ton!) Our other option was going to be spending almost as much for trays of warmed up food, but with Jeffrey Miller Catering, as the tasting proved, everything is fresh, made from scratch, and awesome.  Not a single bite made me question its value: the presentation was elegant, the flavors were delicious, and I know I will be giving my guests something great.  

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Jeffery Miller is hands down the best in Philly! All food made from scratch. You will not be dissapointed!

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