Post # 1
I am about to book with our caterer, and they require a 50% deposit. Seeing as catering is almost always the largest expense in any bride’s wedding…is this normal practice? Also, do you typically sign a contract BEFORE the tasting? This is what they are wanting me to do and I am a bit unsure…I am still VERY far out from my wedding date and have an EXTREMELY estimated guest list…it might be very over the actual amount of poeple that show up, and I feel a bit pressured about stating a certain number of guests at this point and being contractually obligated to account for that many guests. Please let me know if you have any advice or came across this in your planning!
Thanks a TON!!!
Post # 3
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
@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
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
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.