(Closed) Caterer service fees

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That sounds steep for me too considering that it is more than 50% of the food costs. I don’t know about your area, but I contacted two people about service fees.

Caterer 1:

$75/hr/server and we’d need two servers so that puts them at $150/hr too, but we could choose how many hours we would need them for – likely 5-6 tops for the reception.

Caterer 2:

$18/hr/server PLUS 18% service fee

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@golchka:  9 hours of service, but it’s only a 4 hour reception? That sounds strange. Even 20% of your total bill would be $400!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have a 5.5 hour event, including ceremony, tray-passed cocktail hour and reception, at the same place and we have 10 tables. We have:

-1 Event Captain – 7 hours ($245)

– 9 Service Personnel – 7 hours ($1890)

– 3 On-Site Chef – 6 hours ($630)

– Full Service Bartender – 7 hours ($245)

So with this in mind, I think the fact that you have them working for so many extra hours is a little strange, however, if there are less people staffed overall, then maybe they have to put in extra hours each for loading and prep. The prices I listed do not include the extra service/admin charge but there is no tax. My overall headcount is for plated meals and wine service during dinner.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@golchka:  Ours has a fair amount of setup and takedown included, but they need to charge me travel from their kitchen door to the front door of the venue, so that definitely added more time/cost for us. Maybeathletes some travel or some other padding included in there.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours isn’t charging a travel cost/delivery fee so this includes everything. My venue is completely bare bones so they literally have to set everything up, including the bar and the kitchen. Of course, they responsible for my rentals so they have to set up the room as well.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Unless the food isi really that much worth it, I don’t like feeling like I’m being taken advantage of (I mean, more than normal wedding upcharging). Just makes me feel icky.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

@love108:  If you feel icky go with someone else!  Trust your gut

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@cherryblossomlove:  Yes, OP. Definitely try to negotiate, but don’t stick with it just cuz the food is good. Icky is icky.

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