(Closed) Caterer – 50% Deposit Normal?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I put 50% down but I was a lot closer to my date. I don’t think you should worry about getting the caterer until maybe a year out. It’s a lot of money to put down so far in advance.

 

Also, for my contract I didn’t have to make the numbers we talked about. If you do you could consider low balling the number (nothing extreme!) since they’re always happy to add more people.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@DreamsDoComeTrue: We put 50% down, but only after the tasting. Also, we put our bare-bones numbers down. The minimum amount of people we knew would come, and did 50% of that. If you’re getting a bad feeling from your caterer already (it kind of sounds like you are) you might want to re-think it. You have plenty of time, so you still have time to search around some.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our venue required 1/3 but I have heard of some requiring 50%. All of our friends that got married recently only had to put like $500 down as their deposit. When we were told it would be close to 4x that, I was a little panicked. Thankfully our venue has let us make payments but I’m sure that isn’t common. 

As for the tasting… We signed our contact before having a tasting. Actually, our tasting is tomorrow (yayy!!) and we signed our contract about 10 months ago. From what I gather, this a pretty standard practice. 

And your guest list… As long as you’ll meet the minimums/maximums there shouldn’t be an issue giving an estimated guest count. You won’t have to give an accurate count until the weeks leading up to the wedding anyway. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

It really depends on the caterer…I’ve looked into about half a dozen caterers.  Two of them required a 25% deposit and one had a 30% deposit.  One caterer actually delivered food samples to our home, but the other one will only allow food tasting after a deposit has been made. Since your wedding is over a year away, you don’t really need to place a deposit so soon.  You could probably wait 9-12 months before the date, unless they’re a very in-demand caterer.

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