(Closed) Who cleans up if you do your own catering?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

A friend of mine hired high school students to “serve” from a culinary class. She asked the teacher for recommendations and the teacher gave out her name and the job to students she felt would work. For $12 each per hour (plus food) they helped serve food, cleaned up tables, did dishes and, at the end of the night, helped to clean up the venue. It ended up costing her about $80 per person to have them there from 5pm until midnight. She ended up still saving lots of money considering that to have the catering company do it would have been xxxx more in food costs and serving fees (plus gratuities).

Post # 4
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A friend of mine did this, hired some teenage family friends to clean up, though not to serve. Worked out great! I think your idea about cousins’ friends is probably good, just make sure they’re really reliable people and/or you have someone to kind of coordinate them.

Post # 6
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Miss Sardine: This is why I am happy we decided to use the plastic that looks like china. We can wash it or we can toss it. Our venue has a huge kitchen with dishwasher and several have offered to assist with clean up already. If they want to wash, then we can reuse the items in our camp box. If not, it can be tossed. 

Our wedding is at 3:25pm on a Sunday. Fiance and I are planning on leaving about 8pm go to the hotel and change, then come back to help clean up. We have to be OUT by 11pm totally cleaned and will get our deposit back the next morning.

Post # 8
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we are thinking of asking restaunt owner ( A friend of ours) to give us servers for the night. we plan to pay $100 for the night flat. To bus tables and such.

Post # 9
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our day of coordinator will be “hiring” a couple people to help bus the tables but everything else will be family helping out. But we are renting plates so we don’t have to worry about that.  We bought our own silverware but that will just be put in a bus tub and brought back home by a friend.

Post # 10
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’ve worked in restaurants for years, and if you’re picking up food to serve at an event elsewhere, you can totally ask the restaurant manager (if they employ servers) to recommend some servers you can pay to bus, clean up, etc. You pay them a flat rate to work the event and then you don’t have to worry about it.

Oops, PP beat me to it! And yes $100 is about right, that’s usually what you hope to make in tips on a good night at work.

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