(Closed) Budget-friendly catering

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I wouldn’t haggle with them…. But you could see if they have other options.  Tell them what your budget is, and see if they can come up with food that fits your price?

What is your budget and where are you located?  That would help us to see if your budget is too low for what you want, or if the caterer just really expensive.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I think it depends on what type of food you’re doing.  If you are just doing chicken, I would think that your budget would be fine.  If you are doing beef or something fancier, then it might be too low.  I’m in the us – smaller city in the midwest.  We are paying $45 per person for a beef and chicken buffet.  That does not include drinks, linens, or hors d’oeuvres.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

That catering pricing is absolutely ridiculous for 40 people unless you’re having lobster plucked directly from the ocean and flown in on Air Force One hand served by POTUS.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I would look around at some other caterers. It seems like you could definitely find something less than $200/head. I’m in Toronto too. I think my catering quote came to about $110/head. I cut down the cost by doing only two plated courses. Passes canapés before and passed dessert canapés afterwards. 

Do you have to use their preferred caterers? If not I can give you some suggestions that may be less expensive. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

$8000 for 40 people for light appetizers, serving liquor and a sit down dinner? Seems a bit steep. I did some research on vendors a few months ago, though, and sometimes you have to agree to a minimum cost in order for them to work with you. One I saw was over $7,500, regardless of how many people you served, food you ate, servers you employed and alcohol you drank. Could that be the case here?

Edit: Whoops! Sorry, didn’t mean to tag someone…

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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leilarobs2 :  I agree and I’m in DC!  OP, that is not too much less than what we’re paying for our cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres and plated reception meal for ~ 140 guests (we’re getting linens separately and bringing our own alcohol in like you).  Like
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phoebsies :, we cut the cost by having two plated options instead of the three we originally wanted. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Maybe I’m from like the world’s cheapest area when it comes to wedding catering but even 60 seems a bit high unless your serving premium cuts of beef, lamb or fish. I would definitely be asking if there is anything cheaper though.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

That seems about right for a major city. The prep/delivery/serving costs aren’t being divided by as many people, so that part of the equation will be higher. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

 Is your venue right in the heart of Toronto? That could account for such a high price. 

Or are you outside of Toronto/ close enough to use a caterer from the Niagara Region (ours was excellent and cost less than half that for 100 people)

Ours was different than yours (buffet style, but included tons of options/food) and included servers, gratuity etc. We didn’t use their linens/ silverware etc.

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