Post # 1
I’m looking for reccomendations of caterers in CT! We’re planning a wedding on a budget and will likely have around 80 guests or less. I’d like to keep my food/booze/catering budget capped at $5,000.
The venue we are considering has a full catering kitchen and already provides dishes/silverware/etc.
We are going to stick to beer and wine only so we will need a licensed bartender or caterer that is already licensed.
As far as food, it needs to be delicious obviously but we are looking for something simple either along the lines of BBQ or roasted chicken/turkey and instead of an appetizer, we just wanted 4 or 5 hors d’oeuvres.
Plus, if the caterer can serve (buffet style), breakdown and put dishes in the dishwaser, that would be amazing.
Is a $5,000 budget unrealistic for this type of menu? Any suggestions of caterers that you’ve used (or ones to stay clear of)?
Post # 2
lu1990: Asking a friend of ours because they had bbq at their wedding and it was delicious! I’ll post when I get the name!
Post # 3
soontobemrsok: Than kyou soontobemrsok! I would really appreciate that!
Post # 4
lu1990: How many people is it for, and where in CT? I have a feeling prices differ once you get towars fairfield county
Post # 5
Kannon: Hi Kannon! Our guest list is only going to be around 80 people (90 including vendors). We’re looking at places in Litchfield County since we want to keep it local for us. There are so many great rustic barn style venues but there is a ridiculous upcharge for it being held in a barn and most of those place require that you rent everything from tables to bathrooms.
Too bad all of our farming friends are using their barns for livestock and machinery LOL
Post # 6
Very pretty! I remember looking at places up there. I’m from southeast CT, and actually used to play in my friends barn with livestock and machinery, haha! I am personally very jealous of all the great cake tasting you’l have while looking for a baker in that area – so good!
One bbq place I heard of is Planet BBQ catering near new haven. I think they have a large selection of types of bbq, or that’s at least what I hear from a friend. But honestly in that area you will have so, so many great choices, and also restaurants that offer catering! It really will come down to which one can fit your budget. When is your wedding? Do you have time to go sample menus at these places?
Right now, $5000 divided by 90 people is $55 a head for BBQ, which is a little high but not unreasonable (ours i $45 pp, but at a nice place in new england, but in NYC I’ve seen it be $70 pp for bbq buffet). However that does not include alcohol or cake. From the caterers you talk to, definitely get their cost break down – food cost per head, their service charge, set up / break down, and if gratuity is included in their service charge.
There are some tricks… like finding a local restaurant who also caters, hiring a bartender outside of the catering company and buying your own beer/wine/hard liquor/soda in bulk for discount. Depending on the caterer, you can also say – this is my limit, what can we get for it. There is always room for negotiation.
Post # 7
Kannon: It’s such a gorgeous area but boy do you pay for having a litchfield county wedding in the fall We have plenty of time; planning for September of 2017. We are scheduled to sample a menu from Ciao catering (part of a resaurant) in May and while they don’t do BBQ, they offered my second favorite…Thanksgiving food! And, they only charge $60 a person (incl. tax!) and come with 6-8 servers and a bartender.
There were a few great BBQ places around us but they don’t really do hor’ dourves so that would be an additional expense to buy some snacky things to pass out.
I might be overly ambitious but I really want to make my own cake (for my and my fiance) since I have celiac and a few other food allergies. My family and friends had to talk me off the idea of baking hundreds of cupcakes for the guests. It seemed like such a good idea in my mind haha