Post # 1
Why did you choose to either bring your own caterer or go with an all-inclusive venue with catering in-house?
What are the benefits as you see them for the choice you made?
Any regrets/disadvantages to the choice you made?
Is it a hassle to coordinate with an outside caterer?
Post # 3
I did all-inclusive because I just want the least amount of stress as possible. For me, that means dealing with the least amount of vendors as possible.
Our venue is our ceremony and reception location. They also cater all the food and everything is included… even linens, chair covers and centerpieces.
So far no regrets, whenever I have questions about any of the above listed things I call 1 person, but the wedding is still far, far away!
Post # 4
We did the BYO route, and I wish we would have gone all inclusive.
We didn’t really have any issue with the caterer, but our venue was literally just an empty room. Everything else had to be rented – tables and chairs, linens, alcohol, barware, etc. OMG, it was so stressful.
Post # 5
I agree…it would have been much easier and cost effective to go with an all inclusive venue. It was exhausting trying to track down everything we needed and coordinate everything. The worst part is it probably cost MORE than it would have otherwise.
Post # 6
we are bringing in since Mr. Meowerson’s brother has his own catering company. I am pretty worried about all the rentals though, plus the coordination of everything.
Post # 7
I went with a BYOCaterer b/c it was waaaay more affordable then all inclusive. I am 100% happy we went this way, and due to the cost, we were able to offer more food/spend money elsewhere.
Our venue provided the tables, my caterers brought all the plates, silverware, glasses for water and booze, table cloths for the buffet tables, food of course, and their staff were are servers and bartenders. They handled all the clean up, set the tables, and clean up – I couldn’t of asked for a better caterer!
I agree it would of been a headache if I had to handle the rentals (for dinnerware, etc.) but they rented everything themselves as part of my package.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
i considered hiring a separate caterer because i think it’s easier to personalize the menu and items, and have a vendor that was focused on serving great-quality food. in the end, we chose an all-inclusive venue which made things much much easier, and they also happened to serve amazing food. i don’t have any regrets at all. i think there are pros and cons to both–let us know what you decide!
Post # 9
Yeah, like PPs have said, I’d rather go the all-inclusive route to avoid stress!
Post # 10
BYO- Most things
The venue provides tables and chairs (its a great stone mansion) but we bringin decorations, caterer, bartender etc…
This saved us thousands of dollars because we could bargain shop/negotiate with all vendors.
We are spending some money on a day of coordinator to help coordiante everything, but the cost savings is still over 10K minimum based on the all inclusive places I looked at.
Post # 11
I am having a seperate caterer, and haven’t yet experianced any stress with it. My caterer is very on top of things. She comminucates with my venu if she needs to know anything. The venu dose provide some tables and all the chairs that we need. My caterer is providing all the other tables that we need, linnens, silverwear, glasswear, and plates. The caterers is also helping with the timelines and planning.
On a side note, we just went to a valentines party that had my caterer, and we got to talk to them, and see how they are at an event. They knew that I was one of their upcomming brides, so they treated me special. They are awesome people!
Post # 12
I compared the cost of going all inclusive vs having to bring everything in (caterer, linens, dishes, tables, chairs, etc) and found that the costs weren’t that much different. However, I went with all inclusive b/c I also didn’t want to deal with the stress of having to figure it all out myself.
Post # 13
i think finding a venue that includes all of the chairs, linens, china, etc. but allows you to bring in your own caterer is the most cost-effective option.
Post # 14
All inclusive, I just didn’t want to deal with all the extra research/coordination.
Post # 15
An all-incl. would have been way easier, but the venues that have them weren’t really anything special. Kinda seemed like a quicky “7-11” wedding type place. Too generic for my blood.
It’s really hard to direct all the little details, but our caterer is a family friend who owns a restaurant so that’s why we ended up choosing him.