Post # 1
We are almost on our way out the door to see our caterer. We are confirming some of the smaller details and I first thought we should do the place settings ourselves but I am not sure if I know how to fold a napkin . It’s $1.50 each extra and we have a hundred people. We have a 5k budget so really I need to save where I can.
We are not having chargers or placemats, and the plates will be at the buffet.
Also, while on the topic, it includes wine glass (1) that can be used for wine or water. Should we pay the extra 100.00 for another glass or just get plastic for water, lol.
Post # 3
How many guests? That sounds pricey for glasses, and cheeky for napkins. Look at all the pretty pics of napkins folded really simply. If you have someone to do this for you, go for it. Takes ten minutes!
I’m having glass wine glasses, and plastic for everything else. But I’m widely known to have no sense 🙂 and our wedding is in our garden.
Post # 4
My gosh! I’ll fold them for you for less than that! I can’t believe how caterers are trying to nickel and dime their clients.
ps I am joking about the fee – if you are near me I would do them for free
Post # 5
I’ve bought cloth napkins from the dollar store and Target for $1. Can you buy one (or use another type of cloth [wash cloth, dish towel, t-shirt lol) to practice for a bit until you get the hang of it? It’s super easy and not worth $1.50 per place setting…
Maybe a friend of someone in your family could show you how, if they know.
Post # 6
Thank you for the responses! So, I told them I would do it…we aren’t very formal anyhow and it’s a little on the shabby chic/rustic side. Thanks for the tips and also letting me know you are using plastic for other stuff besides the wine glass. I think we will do the same!
So, our caterer meeting (first time in person) went sooo well. It’s a very reputable, established company run by a local mom. SHe told me honestly, it’s not worth paying for the place setting service, and super simple to set up. She also said we can bring my Fiance polish family faves (perogies and cabbage rolls) on top and she would gladly provide the extra chafing dishes for them. She is a red seal chef but also a mom and instead of trying to upsell me, she told me realistically they aren’t in this business to do that . Also, didn’t try to upsell one version of her buffet dinner to accomodate extra vegetarian meals since there is a lot of vegetarian that comes with, etc. Thus also saving us some money with good advice. She gave us a 1/2 lb of the locally roasted organic dark coffee they use (they provide good coffee, and tea service with wedding buffet as well as a dessert buffet) to bring home and have as well! She seemed really genuine and nice, and not overly “sales”. She just wants to provide a good service and quality food to people. She also teaches the cake decorating classes and makes wedding cakes as well although we aren’t going that route. She was very easy going, has a very detailed checklist for us, questions, the numbers don’t have to be in (more exact number) until a week before! Yes, I feel confident in our caterer. She wants us to have a nice day and apparently has very nice staff.
Anyhow, I appreciate your advice. Perhaps we should make a “napkin” folding thread with “the techniques!”.
Post # 7
Here’s some napkin folding instructions I came across.. the instructions look pretty easy to follow. :o)