- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
Hi Bees! I’m having a dilemma with caterer selection and hoping you can fill me in on what your budget was for food (not including alcohol,) vs. the overall cost of your weddings. What percentage of your overall budget did you spend on food?
Here’s the official dillema:
Our overall budget is $15,000 (this will not include cost for alcohol or the cake, which we are lucky enough to be getting for free as a wedding present from family members). Our venue fee is $2000 just for the hall; we need to bring in ALL our own food, decor, etc.
I have 2 VERY DIFFERENT catering options to choose from and am not sure if the one I like better will be worth the extra cost in the end.
Company #1 can do a buffet dinner with “normal” wedding food, (chicken, beef, vegetables, starch, etc.) for $5,645 (including food, service, linens, venue fees, surcharges, gratuities, & sales tax).
Company #2 is offering a stations menu, with 4 stations (veggie, pasta, spanish, and german food, since my FH and I lived in Europe at the same time in different countries we thought this would be cute and personal and more unique,) for a grand total of $7748. This cost includes everything except linens which we would need to rent since they don’t provide them.
What would YOU do? What percentage of your overall budget are you spending on food? Is it worth it in the end to get the food you want or will people not really care that much? My head has been swimming with these questions for weeks.
Thanks y’all in advance for the help and advice!!!