(Closed) Does this amount sound high or is it just me????

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

that seems very high. that’s like the price of our full dinner for more people than that.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How much are they charging per head?  $43.75?????

ASTRO FRIGGEN NOMICAL.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Depending on the type of appetizers you’re having and how many (4 different types vs. 6 different types, etc.), this actually seems reasonable.  A lot of times you think you’ll get a better deal with appetizers and depending on whether you do heavy or light, sometimes you end up paying as much as you would for a sit down meal.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

im paying 19.60 per head for 150 people for a cocktail reception bringing the grand total to 2940… alas not including venue hire.

i just cant see how you could justify that amount? unless the food better be friggen Agrade

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Seems maybe a bit high (but not totally crazy), did you try getting a second or third quote from other caterers to see if they’re all around the same ballpark?

What if you did more “stations” rather than butler passed?  That could help.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Considering that the total is just for food, and no alcohol, it does seem a bit high.  How many appetizers are being served? If you have 10, and cut it down to 5 – it would still be a good selection and probably much cheaper!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Sounds about right to me. We’re having a 4 hour cocktail/h’or doeuvres reception with several stations and paying $70. pp plus alcohol.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I htink it sounds really, really high. Heavy passed apps (10 types) from one of the most expensive caterers here in town is only 25/ person… granted, we’re a small city and not Miami, but I’d still look around. That sounds a little bit crazy.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Part of that amount is service/labor (or at least it should be). How many servers does the quote state are needed for 80 guests?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I would also ask for a cost breakdown to see what they are charging for what exactly.  It seems like a lot to me since no drinks are provided with that cost, I would think that tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks should be for that price. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was interested in having a cocktail style reception but my venue told me that the cost would be more than having a seated dinner.  Basically they assumed guests would be eating equivalent to a meal so the cost for appetizers was a lot more than the cost of appetizers during a traditional cocktail hour.  For example, if guests normally ate 6 individual appetizers during cocktail hour, they would eat 12-18 pieces during a cocktail reception (it’s longer, guests won’t be getting other food, etc).  It costs more because it’s passed, takes time to prepare, etc.  They also warned that guests eat even more if you don’t have it passed and it’s on a table or station (apparently guests feel more inhibited about taking handfuls of everything when there is someone watching them do it).  You should receive a breakdown of the costs though.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

You live in a metro city, so its of course going to be higher than most people’s receptions, right? I mean, depending on the quality of food…I don’t know Miami prices. Maybe another Miami bride is best to ask.

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