(Closed) Is your caterer charging you for…..

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

We got charged (or rather had to rent) all of those as well. Our venue had nothing included so we had to rent all serving pieces, glasses, china, flatware and just about everything else other than the tables and chairs.

I thought they(the caterer, especially since they own 2 restaurants) would have provided those things as part of the package too, but nope.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Short answer, No.

It sounds like you may be having a buffet. We had a sit down dinner but only paid rental fees on things we needed, the caterer did not hcarge us for anything like that. We had a flat fee of $5 per person for dishes, glasses and silverware. In fact, the caterer didn’t even charge us for the linen for their serving table. We had several passed aps but did not need to pay for serving trays.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think some places have them built into the price with the food and others do them separate.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

We had a buffet at our rehearsal dinner and they did not charge us for these.  It was specifically included in the price.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My caterer is not charging me extra for these.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@Nola: I’d ask about it anyway. I’m sure you wouldn’t be the first to question it.

Ours was in a beach town and had only one rental company available to deal with, but the prices we were charged were the exact same on the rental company’s site, so there was no mark up.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are having a plated dinner and are being charged for the food and for the china, cups, silverware, servers, and main grill cook (they grill to order on site).  The cost of each plate includes whatever the caterers need to cook with or serve with.  I’m pretty sure if we went with a buffet dinner, it is still the same rented items except we wouldn’t have to pay the grill cook.  The serving items are included in the per person cost.

My best friend had a buffet and all the buffet utensils and serving dishes were included with the per person price for the catering.

I would see if you could negotiate that down, or double check and see if their per person price is cheaper than other places you are considering that may include an upcharge on the per person for the use of thier equipement.

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