(Closed) What did you spend on catering and what all is included?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: What did you spend on catering?

    Under $1000



    Over $5000

  • Post # 17
    1596 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

     Our quote for approximately 250 people came to $6,254.69, which for that many people, I think is pretty good.

    The menu includes:

    Hors Doevres of lunch meat, cheeses, vegetables, and crackers (and relishes like olives, etc).

    fruit display

    dinner rolls

    coffee, tea, and punch fountain

    tossed salad

    potato salad

    mashed potatoes

    homemade gnocchi

    green beans almondine & corn

    roasted chicken

    roast beef au jus

    candied ribs

    dip, dressings, sauce, crackers, etc.

    That price also includes set up, clean up, table cloths, matrie’d(s), table runners to match your color, candles/white string lights for the bridal table, a champagne bucket for the bridal table, and also “cookie tray” service (a huge traditioin here in Pittsburgh).

    They also work with the other vendors and the facility to coordinate the timeline of the day.

    LOVE my caterers!!!!

























    Post # 18
    8570 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We will be spending around $800 for 55 people, and it includes enough food for everyone to have 1 helping of everything [including EACH salad, soup, and side]. They will also get 2-3 breadsticks each [there will be a basket of breaksticks on every table], and 2 entrees of their choice.

    We will also be adding additional toppings, crackers, dressing and more to each table so they can dress it up however they want. We estimate to spend about another $150 buying that stuff.

    Breadsticks :

    200 breadsticks

    We also might an add array of other biscuits & bread bowls.

    Salad :

    Cherry Apple Almond Salad

    Classic Ceasar Salad

    Soup :

    Chicken w/ wild rice

    Tamato w/ pasta

    other? not sure what the 3rd will be yet.

    Sides :

    Toasted ravioli in marinara


    Roasted chicken


    Entrees :

    Twiced baked lasagna

    Baked ziti

    Chicken broccoli penne


    Post # 19
    1965 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    About 6k for 65 guest

    • 2 cold stations
    • 5 hot 
    • 8 passed apps
    • Salad
    • Starter- undecided 
    • 3 choices for dinner (still haven’t picked them)
    • Wedding cake
    • Viennese hour!! Sweets galore♥
    • Open bar
    • Soft pretzels & bottled water for oue guest as they leave

    Seems like a lot of food but still tempted to add an action station

    Post # 20
    770 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Now I feel like I’m getting ripped off!

    For around $5,500, we’re getting the following for 100 people:

    • Table and tablecloth rentals
    • Barware rental
    • Setup/Breakdown
    • 3 Passed apps
    • coffee and tea service
    • buffet of carved steak, chicken mirabella, vegetarian lasagna, salad, grilled veggies, fruit tray, mashed potatoes
    • bartender
    • event coordinator

    We still need to provide our own alcohol. We’re providing our own dishware, wine glasses, and silverware, and the caterers are going to bring it all to the site.


    Post # 21
    12242 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    $1500 for ours!

    We’re getting 2 salads, a veggie, a grain, two meats, cake, and Mimosas!

    It’s a luncheon.

    Post # 22
    2080 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @lh526:  We spent 7k for 100 people. We had crabcakes, spring rolls and domestic and imported cheeses for cocktail hour as hor d’oeuvres. We had a buffet consisting of prime rib, chicken, tilapia, and pork tenderloin with rice, potatoes and green beans. Salads and an assortment of rolls was served individually with the meal. We also had an open bar, champagne pour, and cake for everyone. This includes taxes and service fees.

    Post # 23
    7305 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We spent about $165 per person. That included all linens, real silver, fine china, fine dining service, 3 passed appetizers (bruschetta, bacon wrapped scallops, crab stuffed mushrooms), 4 course dinner (butternut squash soup, micro greens salad with champagne vinagrette, filet mignon with root veggies, assorted cheeses and sweets), wine and beer pairings for each course, 3 bottles of 15-18 year scotch (to go with the cigar bar), and wine and beer for cocktail hour and after dinner drinks. All food was organic and locally sourced (well, the cheese was imported), and ran us $110 per person. The alcohol was a bit high end, and we paid on consumption, which ended up being about $55 per person.

    Post # 24
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Clearly things in California really do cost a lot more. We are spending almost $8,000 for 75 people. That includes all setup of tables, chairs, buffet stations and linens. For food it includes the following:

    • 4 passed hors d’oeuvres of our choice of 50
    • Hand carved roast sirloin of beef
    • Grilled chicken bruschetta
    • Vegetarian pasta option
    • Roasted red potatoes
    • Broiled veggies
    • Salad
    • Rolls
    • Coffee bar with handmade french wedding cookies
    • Bartender
    • Soda, tea, water and lemonade.


    That is their sample menu which we will get to customize at no additional cost. Unfortunately we do have to purchase our own alcohol but that should be under $1,000 from what we have priced. 

    Post # 25
    1497 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    About $2800 for 50 people.

    Tablecloths/Linens/Chair covers/Dinnerware/Decor
    4 hors d’oevres, 3 salads, assorted breads, buffet (with chicken, fish, beef, two veggie sides, 2 grain sides), an open brand bar, and champagne toast.

    Post # 26
    959 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

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    @lealorali:  we got lucky with the bar and really everything. They even keep the bar open during dinner which most places wont, they only allow the wine bottles on the table and then pop/water during dinner. Our venue laughed at that saying he has to pay his bartender regardless so he might as well serve through it. The only draw back is 12 and up is considered “adult” even though they can’t drink that young. He says its how they balance it out so I can’t realy complain I don’t have mayn teenagers comeing

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