- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Hi Bees, I’m in a little bit of sticker shock after meeting yesterday with someone we thought we would be getting to do the catering.
We were given a menu and told to pick from it and it would be $50/person in food. Thats all good, but its a little ridiculous that options from chicken to salmon and steak are in the same price-range is it not?
We ended up with a menu consisting of:
- Grilled chicken on a skewer
- Roasted baby potatoes
- Wild greens salad with pecans and strawberries
- grilled veggie platter
- foccotia bread
- tea, coffee, iced tea, punch (non-alcoholic)
This is costing $35/person which still seems ridiculous… for that we could take them for a 3-course dinner at a fancy restaraunt….
PLUS an additional $15/person for an extended appie-hour for when we go to take pictures after the ceremony
(appies plus dinner come to $50/person – then up to $60/person when all other fees are factored in)
isnt $35/person a bit much for chicken and potatoes????? I’ve seen posts of people getting choices of meat or fish, more salad/pasta choices etc for less than this…
We live around Vancouver, BC so if anyone knows the average prices for this area that would be awesome to hear as well.
The lady we met with yesterday is just getting her buisness off the ground too… so it should be cheaper we though 🙁 I feel like the arbitrarily assigned us a budget (she thuoght it was 5k for some reason – its 3k) and then regardless of what we pick – steak or chicken, labour intensive or not – she will charge us the same price… she did tell us that we could work something out over email until we were both happy with the price, however I doubt she will drop her price $1500, and if she does it would probably mean cutting out something we really dont want to cut. And is giving the servers a 12% tip (of the total food cost) on top of their payment normal?
So I’m curious… are we being ripped off? (We are going to shop around a bit more regardless)
What are you paying per person, what are you getting for that amount, and what area do you live in/is what you are paying above, below or on average for your area?
edited to give a few more details and make the menu easier to read