(Closed) Please Help! Need Catering Advice!

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which caterer should I choose?
    Caterer #1: Go with the most staff and hours so everything will run smoothly. : (2 votes)
    33 %
    Caterer #2: Go with the food you like the most. The rest will work out. : (3 votes)
    50 %
    Caterer #3: Go with the middle option: not so many staff, but a more realistic time estimate. : (1 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think something that is really important with the caterer that didn’t give you a breakdown of labor roles is: How many of those are dedicated bar tenders, and is there someone that is clearly in charge? With that many people, you really do want minimum two, 3 would really be best – otherwise you’ll have people standing in line more than they are actually socializing. Also, this is pretty obvious – you want to know who is the head person, and be communicating with them prior to the event. You need to make sure that person – the person who will actually be there and be in charge, not just your catering contact – knows your vision inside and out. It could be chaos otherwise.

    Do you have reviews online of the different caterers that you could look at? That should also be a key factor in your decision!

    Post # 5
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    don’t underestimate the power of a small shop. My husband is the manager of a catering company – and our wedding was about 85 people (bartender was included through our venue, so that’s not included here…) and my hubby’s Boss and 3 other servers were who cooked/served the food. Seriously 4 people total (5 including the venue’s bartender). Now, granted, we had a buffet and not plated – and also I can’t really compare what we were charged due to the fact that, obviously my husband is the manager, his boss gave us a smokin’ deal…just the cost of food – $850 for $85 people and that was everything – cake, servers, food, everything…and, of course, I know that most weddings’ catering bills are easily 5 x that, if not more… :p

    But just wanted to throw it out there “DON’T understimate a smaller shop” 🙂

    I agree looking for more reviews, if possible, though!


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