- 13 years ago
- Wedding: September 2008
Hi everyone! I’m hoping to get some advice from as many girls as possible!
Me: A bride now living in Scotland, but planning a wedding in upstate NY.
The plan: a wedding for 120 guests in parents’ backyard and garden center
The challenge: trying to find a caterer
The caterer I am currently considering has quoted a price of $16,000. This includes food which comes in at about $60 per person, but no alcoholic beverages: a total of $6960. This caterer is super nice but requires that we rent all the tables/chairs/linens/china from him. The price that surprised me most is $4,900 for rentals! (The rest is for staff, gratutity etc).
Although I really like this caterer, I feel like the charges are a bit high. I’m not so concerned about the food, although we are going for a BBQ/picnic feel and are having platters of grilled veggies, potato salad, stuff like that.
Can anyone tell me whether these prices are pretty normal for a caterer and rentals? My low-key backyard wedding is quickly spiralling out of control! We had wanted to go for a $15,000 budget, but now we’re thinking $20,000. Let me know how you did it! Thanks!