Cost of caterer

posted 8 months ago in Food
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

bouviebee :  This price sounds about right if you live in a high cost of living area such as New York or California. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

bouviebee :  It appears to be in line with the average cost of a wedding in Florida.  I think she should look into other venues and pricing just to compare pricing and packages. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020 - City, State

Yeah, I would look at a few other places just to compare and see if she falls in love with some place else, but those numbers sounds pretty reasonable to me for a city.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

Compare, compare, compare! I’ve also been looking at catering prices in FL. For about 100 people, one quoted me $6000 and the other quoted me $17K. Both include all that you mentioned. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

bouviebee :  I’m getting married just south of Tampa and have been comparing caterers like crazy. I’m having 120ish guests and am paying $117 per person for retals for like, 25 tables and linens for each, a buffet dinner, lighting rentals, different ceremony and reception chairs, open bar, glassware, etc. 

$145 does sound a tiny bit high, but what I found was, caterers are hella expensive, especially if you are getting married in a venue that has a list of must-use caterers. I was able to negotiate a lower price on certain things with the caterer I ended up choosing based on quotes that I had received from other companies, so if your bride feels comfortable, I would strongly encourage doing that!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Even in high cost of living areas, there are a range of options.  I’m in California and for 80 people we were quoted as high as $12k for food and as low as $4.5k (we went with that one).  If budget is a conccern, we’re saving a lot by doing our own appetizers (cheese and crackers, go costco!), choosing the cheaper option between buffet and plated but every caterer is different so check to see which is cheaper, and choosing inexpensive food like pasta.  Our guests will have a choice between vegan lasagna or chicken pasta.  Not terribly fancy but then again neither is our wedding.

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