So I'm really really getting discouraged at catering costs in my area. We're having around 70 guests. When I initially put my budget together I allotted around $3000 for food based on the averages ($50/pp) I found online, except now that I'm actually calling in for quotes, I'm getting $90-125 per person, to me that's insane, not to mention my entire wedding budget. We're having a buffet style dinner, I was hoping for some appetizers or a cheese platter type thing for cocktail hour, and we're providing our own alcohol.
The thing that bugs me is a lot of these caterers have "starts at $40 or $50" on their websites. I called one of them out on it and they said that that price is just for the food drop off, not including set up and service. Fine I guess that makes sense but still to jump from 50 to 100 for buffet style seems like a lot for service fees.
So now I'm thinking of just ordering from a nice restaurant, but I'm wondering how I could make that work. Continued..