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Question for all the Bees on a budget:
I just found my venue – I’m in love. It is a historic 1920s era chapel, built from the bricks of another historic building that burned down. It has a chapel and reception hall next to it, the inside is rustic, exposed beams and hardwoor floors. Gorgeous. And best of all, quite affordable.
Now my question is catering. We are anticipating 100 adults, and about 20 children. My initial review of caterers has me at about $40 a head, and with the cost of the venue, it is out of my price range.
The venue (church and hall) is $1,700. I locked in this years alcohol package – $9.75 for 4 hours of open bar with call liqour, so about $1,000. That puts me at $2,700 just for the venue and bar, and a $5,500 budget for the reception/venues. How do I feed 100 people and 20 kids for $2,750?
I’m wondering about restaurant catering. I’m thinking if everyone is having a great time, good music, good food, who cares if we’re having a local restaurant’s food and it isn’t a formal plated dinner?
If anyone did have a restaurant catered wedding, what did you do for plateware/silverware? I used these really nice china sets that you throw away for my baby shower and it was fantastic. But this is a wedding.
Post # 3
$40 a head seems pretty steep for catering… Where are you located?
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I went to a wedding that did that and it was one of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding. They just had a buffet line for the restaurant catering with that really nice disposable plates and silverware that look like china. It was a lunch reception though
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@Daenaria727: we did and got so many compliments! through the restaurant we rented plates, and silverware. They got their wholesale rental price so way inexpensive 🙂
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@Daenaria727: We are doing restaurant catering -Indian buffet – and it’s going to be around what your budget is, and that includes alcohol, service and plates/cups etc. We are renting plates cups etc for about $700 total. However, we are only having 65 guests. But I would still suggest a restaurant over a wedding caterer, all the caterers we talked to quoted us at least $50 pp, not including service. I would definitely suggest looking at non-traditional restaurants like Indian, Thai, Chinese. We chose the most expensive catering package for our buffet and it was $27 pp – and it is probaby too much food to be honest. The other thing you could do is BBQ – you can get away with like $10-$15 pp with that. Just be sure to factor in tax, and ask about how much service is. As far as paper plates I know what you mean because we considered that but I just couldn’t go through with it. If it were an afternoon wedding maybe. Hope this helped!
Post # 7
I 100% agree with secretbee33. Go non-traditional cuisine.
The food will be delicious and your reception will be unique.