(Closed) Yikes! Food on a Budget

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3981 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

20-30 per guest can actually get you quite a bit with a caterer. I would have a more substantial meal, even if it is HEAVY apps. Thet time of night, guests expect to get fed. I would hate to have people leave hungry.

Post # 4
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with Ms_Hedgehog on what you can get for the price..

I would get your budget down, get an idea of a dinner menu & get some quotes from some caterers

We’re not doing a dinner, but having a brunch reception & I was kinda freaking about food at first only to find out….

The caterer was HAPPY to work with me & since she’s the professional she was able to help me finalize a menu that sounds fabulous (and i’m sure it will taste just as good with her 30yrs business experience)

AND it’s even LESS than what she first quoted me with my “thought” menu.

I’d look around, make some calls (or send emails like I do) to some caterers before freaking 😉

Post # 5
18 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Ms Kale: I had a restaurant provide food for my near-Seattle wedding for $15 pp. This did not include dessert, servers, or rentals, but it included delivery, chafing pans, and TONS of delicious food. We ate leftovers for a long time!

We had a really casual backyard wedding, so this may not work for your vision. If you are envisioning something more formal, an appetizer/dessert reception is a great idea. I don’t think it’s tacky if it is specified on the invites, but I do think 20-30 per person is high and could get you dinner if you are flexible and shop around.

Post # 6
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m doing full southern bbq buffet for under $30 a person, including servers!

Post # 7
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

As a fellow Seattle bee, I feel you on the “Yikes!” when looking for a caterer.  I went to a friend’s wedding last year, and they had a “heavy appetizer” reception.  I actually really liked it–there was plenty of food, and people could snack as much or as little as they wanted.  They went with an appetizer buffet because there was no room to set up tables in their reception venue.  My expectation as a guest for their wedding was that there would be less food than there actually was.  I ate a lot and could have eaten more.  Their reception actually started about the same time as yours, so I don’t think it’s tacky.  The only potential problem I see is if there’s not enough time between your ceremony and reception (or before both) for guests to grab a more substantial dinner AND the appetizers are light.

I agree with PPs that $20-$30pp seems high, even in Seattle, for appetizers.

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