(Closed) Anyone in the Seattle/Tacoma area that's gotten catering quotes yet?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

we’re using twelve baskets in kirkland. they’re more than we wanted to spend – we’re doing a cocktail-style reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, about 12 pieces per guest. we signed a contract for 4700 (eep!) for 80 people, so just under 60/person. that includes labor and rental of dishes, cocktail tables, and tablecloths. it doesn’t include gratuity or desserts, though. and yeah, when we got our first couple of catering quotes, we had serious sticker shock. fortunately, we’re saving a lot on the venue so we can afford to splurge on food.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I feel you… Seattleite over here, too!  We went with a venue that was nearly all-inclusive and did the catering onsite for us because we were so shocked by the offsite pricing. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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konarose86 :  Our venue forces us to use one of their preferred caters from a list of 4. We got 3 different quotes, all were about $6,000-10,000 for a basic buffet for 100 people. Ended up choosing a middle priced one and I think we are ending up at about $10,000 for 100 people. Way more than I first anticipated! Especially for buffet undecided

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We didn’t have a choice in our caterer because of our venue (a historic vessel). Is it expensive? Yes. And nearly half of the total quote is waitstaff, gratuity, rentals, and tax. As for waitstaff, we’re happy to pay to have what we consider a sufficient number of them. We will have 14 tables, each with 6 guests, and we’ll have 7 waitstaff and a lead. That’s just 2 tables (12 people) per server… which means that everyone gets their plated meal within the same 5-10 minute window. That’s just something I’d rather pay to have, even if the number of waitstaff seems excessive for how many guests we’ll be hosting. 

 

The food itself was delicious at our tasting, and well worth the bill for our guests. Most of them will be coming in from out of town, so we wanted to give them a special sit-down brunch on a steamship moving through Lakes Union and Washington. 🙂

 

It really depends on where you want to spend your money and what’s important to you. Other than a meaningful ceremony without religion, the three things most important to us were: a historic (and unique) venue, music, and food (including good service). Vintage fashion is the next on that list, but that’s more about us than our guests.

 

Our quote from City Catering for 86 guests is about $10K for passed h’ors d’oeuvres, a sit-down brunch, and a bar with beer, wine, mimosas, and bloody marys.

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

the cost of having the caterer provide alcohol was pretty high, so we’re providing the alcohol (champagne, beer, and cider) ourselves. a friend of my maid of honor has a serving permit, so we’re paying her to tend the bar.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Try Contessa Cake. They catered our wedding and were really reasonable. Not to mention, we got a ton of compliments on our food. She didn’t add on all those crazy extra charges. Her cost/person was her cost, plus taxes, I believe. She is in Olympia, though, so you’ll have to check to see how far she’s willing to travel. 

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