(Closed) catering fees…am I crazy?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, gratuity is still charged for buffets. Waiters will still be working the event.

That sounds like an average to great deal price to me.

It is overwhelming because they are breaking the price down for you and we are not used to seeing bills this way, but it is pretty standard.

Post # 4
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

holy cows! i would be too! seems like there would be some more affortable caterers out there. Im from alaska so things are expensive because everything is shipped  up  and that sounds crazy. My venue is my caterer and he charges 20$ per person. it is a buffet style of halibut, salmon and bbq ribs. salad bar included. so if i had 100ppl it would be 2000. but that includes the venue for no extra cost. staff at no cost. i mean im sure i will have to tip but its not added in. everything is included except the alcohol.

It does seem like a lot added on to your bill. the forks and spoons and glasses? they even charge you to set up? i would prob look into a different caterer. where is your venue? outside?

Post # 6
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We’re paying 18% grat and 8.75% tax!

So it’s definitely normal. Also, NY taxes are HORRIBLE.

Post # 7
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

yup seems about right. Our grat charge is 21%. yowsa bowsa!


Post # 8
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you’re going to buffet route.. is it possible you can cater it yourselves? [You’d have to check with your venue, some venues don’t let you bring your own food]. You could easily cater for around $2000 if you did it yourself [or went to fazoli’s, or other iltailian restaraunt].


Post # 9
11419 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

That pricing actually seems quite good to me. 

Post # 10
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yeah that actually seems like a really good price to me, especially for 200 people.  My catering total for 106 guests for a buffet and passed hors d’ouevres was around 7,000.

Post # 11
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah my catering for 150 guests is $15,000 when you consider rentals, service, and food.

Post # 12
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We paid 20% service charge and 8.25% tax. Your food is MAD cheap.

Post # 13
27 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

That seems totally normal for catering to break out the costs like that. As far as charging for tables and chairs – I’ve noticed that some venues do and some don’t. At my venue I can use the tables and chairs that they have which are basic, but they only have so many of. If I need more or want something different I have to rent them. Every venue/vendor is slightly different. This has taught me to ask, Ask, ASK! And if it’s still not clear – ASK AGAIN! That way, you’re never caught off-guard by hidden charges.

Post # 16
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

That’s actually not bad.

I wrote a response telling you to look at other caterers, but then I did the math and it only works out to be around $25pp? That’s slightly over what I am paying, it’s a pretty good deal.

I still don’t understand why the tables and chairs are included in the caterering, not the venue though. That’s odd..

I was quoted some outrageous fees for caterering (up to $200 per person at one place, $90 at another! No, it’s one meal and I am not paying that), but really this price is not so bad. I think you need to look at what’s included though, because for $24 per head we’re getting a LOT of variety, but even if you’re not, caterers usually charge a lot more than that per head.

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