Average cost of catering (per person)
Food is one of the most significant expenses at every wedding. For some brides, it could seem like a considerable expense that you’d rather not have to pay for. It’s tempting to go with a cheaper caterer, but in turn, this decision could lead to additional rentals, additional time, stress,and more work for you, your family, and your bridal party. If you decide to go with a full-service caterer, not only will you be in great hands knowing you’ve selected excellent food, but you can breathe easier knowing that the logistics will be taken care of for you. Catering sales managers and the talented culinary team spend a lot of time researching, strategizing, cooking, tasting, selecting ingredients, and writing menus. Because of the variety of food services to choose from (plated, buffet, family-style, stations, grazing tables, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, etc.), there are usually multiple menus that must be written. A full-service caterer will offer menus they’ve spent countless hours on, but they also specialize in customizing the perfect menu for the happy couple. There is a lotof trial and error that goes into creating a dish, all for that perfect bite! A culinary team includes chefs, sous chefs, line cooks, pastry chefs, dishwashers, and everyone in between. They often work 6 or 7 days a week, all hours of the day, prepping and preparing hundreds of dishes for events. Once the event arrives, transporting food for hundreds of people is quite the task. Besides the food, they must transport plates, utensils, serving utensils, serving trays, linens, heaters, platters, hot boxes, glassware, coolers, ice, trash cans, etc. Truckload after truckload, unloading, and reloading, the work never stops. Full-service catering teams provide all of the food, chinaware, glassware, etc. but also often set up the tables, chairs, and table settings. They set up the bar, the hors d’oeuvres, the beverage stations, dessert stations, the tables for the gifts, party favors, in addition to ceremony chairs. And with weddings, sticking to the timeline is everything. From beginning to end, food and beverage details must be executed on a schedule to smoothly execute and service the event. Once the event is over, the team must pack their supplies, tear down the setup, and take everything base to the base so all of the dishes can be cleaned and put away for the next event. Avoid additional rentals byhaving a full-service catering team who will provide everything you need. Hiring a trustworthy team of professionals will also alleviate the burden of having your closest friends and family setting up and taking down tables and chairs. Oh, and let’s not forget dealing with the trash. At the end of the night, that’s reason alone to make it worth the price!