Catering....*kick*

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I have been hunting for a caterer ever since I got the reception venue booked. I had one place in mind but they are kinda slow getting back to me. Oddly, now that I voiced my dissapointment in them they have been real quick getting back to me. haha. But a quote from that place was just over $7,000 and that included a premium open bar. I thought that was high. I got another quote and it's $12,000!!! Not including any bar! YEESHES! I was expecting catering to be no more than maybe $4,000. Yes, the price will go down based on final head count. But yikers! That 7k is based on 90 people.

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Doesn't the reception ...

Doesn't the reception venue offer in house catering?

Also what about doing the catering yourself and hiring servers?

Call around and see if any local resturants would be willing to do catering, with these though economic times you might luck out and find a place looking to make a few extra bucks.

I saw that in your ...

I saw that in your facebook when you said that!!!! that is horrible. I never had a wedding but even that seems HIGH!! good luck...

I don't know how the law ...

I don't know how the law works in your state but here you can arrange to supply your own booze as long and the caterer can provide the bartenders, you just pay them a "cork charge" for pouring it and must take back anything that's unopened. I believe at the end they have to pour out the remaining contents of anything that is opened but unfinished so you don't violate the open container law when driving.

That sounds crazy! *BTW ...

That sounds crazy! *BTW CONGRATS being as I was gone and missed all this*

rk has some good advice - I'd look to find a place that sorta does it all for you, I know I'm a back woods person but we always had receptions where they did it all, catered, had the dj, had the booze, everything for a decent price. Also, I'm sure a "premium" open bar has the top of the line booze, maybe see what types they offer. And you could always do like my parents did for my aunts party - only have an open bar for so many hours. That helps cut back on costs too. We had to pay for what was consumed, but we were at a bar in the first place.

Good luck girl!

I will do it for 5 grand ...

I will do it for 5 grand you provide your own booz.

I actually could do it for ...

I actually could do it for less. But if you get it for 4 grand that is a deal.

CB--- I just hosted a ...

CB--- I just hosted a banquet for 100 for our Irish Society at a Marriott Courtyard. Cost $1200 for ballroom rental--- $6500 for the buffet dinner with 2 bottles champagne on each table. We had a cash bar and the band was contracted separately. And this is the south where things are supposed to be cheaper!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the advice ...

Thanks for the advice peoples. :-)

I have to double check, but I think I can do the thing where I bring my own booze. I still need to explore my options. The reception does NOT offer their own catering because it's at a mansion. Not a banquet hall. I have been looking at some restaurants. Thing is, I would much rather have a plated dinner. But I guess if worst comes to worst I will do buffet. I have no problem with a buffet, I just don't want my guests walking around with a plate. But yeah, it seems like the norm around here is at LEAST 7k. I can't believe I got a quote for 12k. That's 2k more than our whole wedding budget!

You could still have a ...

You could still have a restaurant supply the food have a non-buffet service.