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Catering help!?

So I am just starting to dabble into looking at caterers and (surprise!) they cost a lot more than what I had thought. I knew that food would be the most expensive thing at the wedding, but I initially thought that the cost of the servers and whatnot was included in the price per person. That being said, I'd like to find out a ballpark figure of what other ladies are spending on their food. I'm expecting 75 or so people at my wedding and have received quotes of about $5,000-$7,000. Some of these quotes include alcohol, some don't. Is this low, normal, or high? If it helps at all, we're going to have Mexican food...any advice helps! :)

Re: Catering help!?

  • edited December 2011
    Here is what we had at our wedding for 130 people:

    --Apps: hummus and pita, crab stuffed mushrooms, fruit display
    --Buffet dinner: Caesar salad, garlic breadsticks, tortilla chips and salsa, wild rice with mushrooms, grilled vegetables, tri tip beef, sauteed chicken breast
    --Beverages**: sodas, coffee, water
    --Services: setup, clean up, servers for apps and buffet, champagne service w/plastic flutes, cake cutting, bartender for 6 hours, upgrade on our plates to square plastic, 18% service & labor charge, sales tax, 15% gratuity

    All of the above for 130 people: $3612.19

    Our caterer: West Coast Catering (someone on this board recommended them to me!)

    They were great to work with, the food was delicious and they offer a lot of choices, both in food and in services. Their basic package includes disposable plates, napkins, etc. but you can upgrade to china, silverware, linen napkins, etc. They also offer a discounted price for children. They have serveral Mexican food options on their menu. But they only do buffet service, not sit down/plated (not sure which you're going for). HTH and good luck!

    **We were able to bring in our own alcohol at our venue and we spent $300 on beer, wine and champagne, so we just had to pay for the bartender.

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  • lagle22lagle22
    edited December 2011
    Renee and the French Gourmet is who we used for our catering for the rehearsal dinner. 
    she was great!

    40 people - $1100 it did not include alcohol... and renting tables was an extra $350.

    Good food and she also does coordinating and she did a great job at both.
  • anlindstanlindst
    edited December 2011
    We are using Wild Thyme for 80 people and for $6,700 it includes the following.. hope this helps:
    - 4 tray passed hors d'oeuvres
    - Cheese and charcuterie display
    - shrmp cocktail display
    - Pre set salads at each place
    - 2 Dinner Action statios, including prime rib and  turkey, and then a pasta,
    - Setup for the bar - everything except the alchohol that we supply ourselves - but all mixers, soda drinks, ice, garnish, etc
    - Deluxe coffee bar station
    - 3 food servers, 2 bartenders and 2 chefs
    - decorations/floral for all the stations/bar area, and they will also be lending us a tiered cupcake stand, and all of their candle votives for all our tables
    - includes taxes, service charge, etc

    Does not incldue:
    - plates/silverware/etc - we have to rent all of this from thevparty rental place. also have to rent tables for all the stations and linens.
    - we are supplying the cupcakes from another source
  • pinkie798pinkie798
    Sixth Anniversary First Comment
    edited December 2011
    lagle22 did that cost include linens, flateware, etc? We are trying to get everything all inclusive to make things easier for ourselves:)
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