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Catering and Rental Costs

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#1 riokayak

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    Posted 11 February 2010 - 05:29 PM

    I leave Saturday and we're getting married a week from tomorrow. I think it's finally hitting me. I'm becoming very impatient with the "final" pricing we received from out coordinator in regards to the rentals and catering. We are getting married at a private house and having the meal catered by a restaurant in town. The coordinator pushed us to use a specific restaurant, so I feel like I don't have anything to base the pricing on. I feel like we've had to negotiate every little thing and frankly I'm tired. $15 per staff members, plus 11% tax and 15% service seems high for Mexico.

    I'm wondering if anyone else has experience using a caterer for a private home with rentals. What did your price per head end up being? I really don't want to run around once we get there looking for a different option, but I also don't like feeling like we're getting taken advantage of. Thanks for letting me vent.

    #2 One Love Brownie

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      Posted 16 February 2010 - 05:49 PM

      Wow, Im having similar issues except that Im planning my wedding in Jamaica.
      I have avoided a wedding planner & so have been trying to source a reception location caterers etc myself.

      To my annoyance I get the impression that because Im having a destination wedding Im made of money.

      For example the caterers I've had a quote from has included 'transportation costs of $30 for catering staff, and Im having the reception in an accesible place a stonesthrow away from where they are located.

      Also they have quoted for trestle tables & serving utensils which they should already have to provide the service or be classed as caterers.

      The cheek of it!

      Luckily I have a plan B in the pipeline!

      #3 Destination Scout

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        Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:05 PM

        I like to use caterers for my events. The staff is often excited to make the night special and work extra hard. I usually end up paying $15/hour/staff + 10% tax but I often negotiate that it includes tip. It may seem high, but I feel good about paying that amount. Often times these staff members have real jobs, and they are taking the night off to work this one event, which is a hassle and could put their current job in jeopardy.

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