(Closed) Do you think this would work with a cater?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Member
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Caila:  Should work fine. Just let them know what you want, tell them its an evening event (or lunch event) do not open with “Wedding Buffet Quote Request” use “Event Buffet Quote Request” and it should help you get the most honest quote.

The reason lunch is cheaper is because typically dinner is the largest meal of the day so caters make more for a dinner time affair than a lunch time one 🙂

I had a friend who had a caterer do their wedding at normal non-wedding prices by doing it that way 🙂

Post # 4
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing a buffet style dinner, mainly because we have alot of picky eaters and this way, I know EVERYONE will find something to eat. We are catering in The Olive Garden AND fazoli’s. [The sad part is, doing this is STILL cheaper than the old venues catered we were going to use!].

This is what we plan on so far.. and also, there will be a cocktail hour before dinner [with finger sandwhiches, raw veggies & fruits].

 

Salad : [salad bar style, there will also be additional toppings & dressings]

Cherry Apple Almond Salad

Classic Cesar Salad

 

Soup : [soup bar style, including bread bowls, assortment of crackers & spices]

Basil Tomatoe

Sausage Gumbo

Cheddar broccoli

 

Sides :

Breadsticks

Meatballs

Stuffed Pizza Sticks – Pepperoni

Stuffed PIzza Sticks – Cheese

Toasted Ravioli in Marinara

Roasted Chicken

Broccoli

 

Entrees :

Twice Baked Lasagna

Baked Ziti

Penne with Creamy Basil Chicken

 

Dessert will be wedding cake, and there will also be an assortment of goodies on the dessert/candy buffet [cheesecakes, brownies, cupcakes, ect]

EDIT : This is simply drop off & set up catering, but my mom has offered to pack up the leftovers & take down the tables after dinner, so it works for me.

Post # 6
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Caila:  60 people max, so realitively small. But we had priced it for everyone to have 2 servings of everything [each salad, each soup, each entree, ect!], and it was around $1200.

Obviously, we won’t need THAT much, which will make it alot cheaper. We’ll probably end up getting enough for everyone to eat 1 helping of everything, which I imagine, will still be too much as that’s alot of food!

Post # 7
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Whoops, forgot to break it down, for 2 servings of everything at $1200 for 60, is $20 a plate. The venue I just switched out of wanted over $40 a plate for 1 side, 1 vege, 1 entree and 1 dessert. [and they were horrible choices, like hamburgers and bratwurst].

Post # 9
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Caila:  Catering is generally pretty cheap in our area, I was floored when my old venue wanted $40 for a crappy meal! It sucks because I LOVED the venue, but we were sinking alot of money into it for hardly any food. It was $2000 to rent the place, we needed to rent or buy ALOT of tents [it always rains in october here], which was another $1000 at least, + $4000 for food! It was like holy crap! We are paying for it ourselves as well.

And to be honest, I wanted a larger menu so we’re more likely to make sure everyone has a full tummy.

Post # 11
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Caila:  That’s awesome! I really wanted to cater our own food & alcohol. After we dumped our old venue, we found one that lets us bring our own beer/wine, but we need to hire a caterer for mixed drinks, not exactly what I wanted, but with the amount of money we’ve saving with the other place, totally doable.

Our venue also let’s us decorate as we please! So thank goodness for that.

Post # 13
Member
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i think i got lucky?

im having a buffet syle catered.

the cater will set up and each table at a time will go to the buffet line and the cater will put the food on the plates(i do not want people doing it their selves,as certain people overload their plates and are sloppy)it will include plates forks spoons knifves napkins.i asked my cater to do this and he was great about it.

im having about 65 people its $11 per person.it will cost $1000 or less all said and done.cater delivery,set up clean up ect.

i am going to set up my own soup table and have 2 different soups broccoli chedder(my favorite,ill buy from a resturant or somewere)and my homeaid chicken noddle.they will be in crockpots to keep hot with crackers.this will be self serve but im trying to find someone to serve this in bowls and set up my dessert table for me in the evening.ill probly hire a family member if i have to for a few bucks

im also having a dessert table for later in the evening,im going to ask family and friends to make stuff like brownies,cheese cake cookies ect,and have my wedding cake to.

i really want this chocolate waterfall.its $300 rental which comes with the chocolate.if my budgget will allow,i will have it and buy the foods that can be dipped and have wedding cake.if i do this i may not do the dessert table,just my wedding cake with the chocolate waterfall,i will buy lots of different things to dip. 

oh my buffet menu is 2 choices only,to keep my budget and easier on my cater

#1. salad a vegetable, lasgna, dinner roll

#2. salad,2 vegetables,chicken with onions red peppers in a creamy garlic sauce and dinner roll.

also if i can afford it i might make my own hot roast beef sandwhiches,put it in the crockpot on the soup table just incase people dont like the 2 choice of the buffet,also incase people are still hungry,which they shouldnt be im ordering plenty of buffet food,but my reception is 7 hours,so i think i should just incase

 

i hope my post gave you some ideas♥

Post # 15
Member
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Caila: 

i really wish that before i put a deposit on the rental hall,i would have looked around at places that included cater,tablecloths ect….

im just learning about wedding planning and just found out there are places that do it all lol,duh me.

now i have to buy everything for the rental hall and even decorate it the morning of my wedding,i live an hour from our wedding location.

i would love to rent a gazbo and have my ceremony outside,right now it is planned to have it in the hall,im not thrilled with this 🙁

well it seems like your getting it all together and its falling into place.it will be beautiful no matter what♥ 

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