African American Weddings

Catering Deposit Amount ?

For any brides who hired an outside caterer, what amount was required to hold the date ? What percentage of your catering budget did the deposit reflect ? I received  a quote from a Caterer and the deposit seems a bit high to me. 
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Re: Catering Deposit Amount ?

  • I did not do outside catering but for my venue I'm only paying for the food b/c the venue is free b/c of the amount of food we're getting catered from them. My deposit was 20% but I've seen a few catering companies require a 50% deposit when I was looking at other venues that allowed outside catering.
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    [QUOTE]I did not do outside catering but for my venue I'm only paying for the food b/c the venue is free b/c of the amount of food we're getting catered from them. My deposit was 20% but I've seen a few catering companies <strong>require a 50% deposit when I was looking at other venues that allowed outside catering.</strong>
    Posted by ladycane015[/QUOTE]

    <div>This. It ranged from 25%- 50%</div>
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  • missqueensmissqueens member
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    edited October 2012

    I think the deposit norms may be regional. In New York, all of the  caterers we looked at required a 50% deposit.  You may want to consider also asking this question on your local board to find a consensus for your area.

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