(Closed) How much are you spending on catering? Is it worth it?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: What would you do? Feel free to leave advice in the comments please!
    Cheaper normal food : (56 votes)
    53 %
    More expensive fun stations : (49 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I love food, so that would definitely be my choice. Stations that are unique and fun would really add smething.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    #2 !! Sound so good !! 

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    i voted for #2 because it sounds yummy/fun

    im also not a believer in cutting costs and having regrets about it later so what do you want to be saying after the wedding, thinking you wish you did the food stations even though the buffet food was nice & within budget???

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think #2 sounds better, but for the sake of cost, I’d go with #1 since it’s still good food.  About 55% of my budget went to food.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would go with the cheaper option to be honest with you. Think of what you could do with that extra money! I’m sure #2 would be nice but as long as people get fed and the food is decent I think they will be happy.I would say that #1 is sufficent..but that’s just me.

    We’re spending $2,500 on catering for 130 people, which is about half of our budget.

    Post # 9
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    About 50% of my budget is going to food&venue combined.  Company 2 is unique, but  the price just doesn’t justify it for me.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee

    I think it depends on what everything else in your budget costs, and how important the food is to you.  If you’re okay going with a less expensive dress, simple rings, cheaper photography etc, then #2 sounds awesome.  Personally, I’d probably go for #1 for my own peace of mind – the other wedding expenses add up!  If you haven’t already, try to include ALL of the other things in a budget (I’m talking hair/makeup, favors, postage, ceremony costs/decor/rentals, marriage licence, etc…).  Happy Planning!

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Food is not something I would splurge on (venue and photography are) so I would go for #1.

    Out budget is about 13-15k, we are spending around 4k on food (minus linens, alcohol, etc but including china and glassware and bar service.)

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    go the fun stations, people always remember the food nothing else but the food lol

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    How much extra do you think linens etc will be if you went with option 2? As is, it’s already a 2k difference, if linens add even more, I’d probably go with option 1 and use the extra 2k+ to pay for some entertainment like a live band or photo booth. The 2nd option does sound good, but that 2k extra is 14% of your total budget at this point.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    We are bringing in a chef to prepare a gourmet, multi-course meal. I say, don’t skimp on food because people want to enjoy a fantastic meal more than anything. If the food is “ehh”, they will remember it. Best of luck!

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m a little bias because this is exactly what we did – we added close to $2k to our original catering quote because we decided to go with stations.  If it’s in your budget, I say do stations because I really think it adds a little something.  I’ve only been to 2 weddings with stations and I still remember how I much I loved the setup and the food.  But, if it’s not in your budget, then don’t worry about it!

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Food isn’t something I remember about weddings, so I wouldn’t spend extra.  But I’m also on a budget where the entire wedding has to cost less than your cheapest food option!  If the difference in cost doesn’t matter to you, then do what you prefer but keep the guests in mind… do they tend to like out of the norm foods?

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