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Wedding Catering for 150 people

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I recently got engaged and looking to plan a wedding this year (2013) for about 150 people. We both have large families so we're looking for a cost effective way to have the wedding of the century.

I have some ideas on locations but I'm at a loss on catering. No idea where to start or what a fair price is.
Help!!

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  1. Many venues have catering operations as part of the facility so you'll want to check with places that you're interested in before you select a caterer separately. You can find all kinds of stats on the web for average catering costs as it all depends on the food you want. Do you want butlered hors d'oeuvres, open bar, chicken vs lobster, etc. etc.

    For catering alone without liquor for the "wedding of the century" you need to figure at least $60 per person.

    1. The best way to save money at a catering location is to book in the slow season, the winter would probably be the cheapest. Also, have the party mid-week not on the weekend.
      There is no such thing as a fair price. I know people who spent 10 thousand and others who spent over 200 thousand.
      Go to the locations you are considering and they will be able take you through the process. If are really at a loss where to start, hire a wedding planner.

      1. You can save if you book a place that let's you use your own caterer and let's you buy your own alcohol.