Octavia
Dedicated June 2021

Chosen or Your Own Caterer

Octavia, on July 23, 2019 at 9:06 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 54
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Hey ladies

Did you guys choose an outside caterer or the one your venue was connected with? I want to hear ya'll thoughts.

Thanks in advance!

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I had to use the venue caterer which worked out well for me but it’s definitely a question you want to ask as you look at venues.
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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    Thank you. Absolutely something I plan on asking on our tour. Im glad everything worked out for you Smiley smile

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  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
    CDickman ·
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    It’s at a country club so we had to use that chef.
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  • CDickman
    VIP September 2019
    CDickman ·
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    A lot of venues you have to use the ones they work with,
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  • Diana
    VIP December 2019
    Diana ·
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    We choose our own catering company. We didn’t want to have a venue that made us choose their because we knew exactly what food we wanted and most of the places we looked at, they didn’t have the food we wanted.
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  • Kat_
    Super October 2019
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    Ours venue has an event team that includes catering, design, floral, and baker. Not the most cost effective but for simplicity (and limited “free” time) it’s worked well for us.
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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey Online ·
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    We had 3 approved caterers we could pick from. We picked the one that we liked the most and could do more customizing that works for us
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  • F
    Dedicated June 2020
    Fredrecia ·
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    We had to use the hotel catering but they're good
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  • Mandi
    VIP March 2020
    Mandi ·
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    Our venue doesnt have an in house caterer. They did have a list of people they often work with. But they didn't require that we use them.
    We went ahead anyway as there is a long list of caterers and pretty much included most of them in town.
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  • Terra
    Expert September 2020
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    My venue has a short list of caterers they prefer, all at varying price ranges. If you book outside of that list, you have to pay the venue an extra $500. No thanks! So we're doing a BBQ buffet (the cheapest of the list, lol).

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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    Oh yeah, I totally agree! I’d pass on the extra charge as well. Thanks for that heads up! *Noted*
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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    I’m glad t worked out for you!
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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    The venue of my choice does have some great options from what I’ve seen especially cocktail hour. My mouth was watering! I’m more concerned about modification to the entrees/main course. My fiancé and I don’t eat red meat and pork and the entrees all have something one of don’t eat.
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  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
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    Mine have us a list of caterers we had to pick from
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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    Makes sense. The cost is what I’m more concerned about as well. As most venues already have their selection of food already I feel I can find everything I want from an outside caterer. We’ll see though...
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  • Btbride
    Super August 2019
    Btbride ·
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    My venue doesn’t have in house catering, but they did have a “recommended” list of people they work with often. We were allowed to pick anyone who was a licensed caterer, though. We did end up picking one of the recommended caterers because they were delicious, a great value, and we wanted a caterer who was familiar with the venue so we could have the peace of mind that they would be comfortable serving there.
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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    I’m hoping things work out the same way. As long as we can customize I’d be okay. Glad they worked out for you though!
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  • Octavia
    Dedicated June 2021
    Octavia ·
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    Nice! I look forward to a smooth transition as well.
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  • Kim
    Super September 2019
    Kim ·
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    Our venue is a country club so we have to use the in house catering.

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  • Kat_
    Super October 2019
    Kat_ ·
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    If we were to do it again we would have a planner work with all our own selection of vendors. Usually places that let you bring in your own also allow you do bring your own decor. Talk about saving money!
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