This Is Way Over Our Budget!
The words, “this is over our budget,” are probably words that you use often as you are planning a function, including a birthday party, wedding, or even a family reunion or get together. Sticker shock is very common for many, including myself when I am out shopping. There is a lot that goes into the cost of something, and there is a reason why something is set at the price it is, and for a consumer, that can be hard to understand. Sometimes all it takes for us to understand something is to educate ourselves a bit.
When it comes to catering, you, the client, are left with little work to do once you have chosen a menu and time frame and have confirmed everything with your caterer, and let’s face it, choosing a fun and delicious menu is the fun part! There are quite a few different factors that go into the cost of catering, which is why it is important to keep an open mind as you make your decision on what caterer to choose for your special event.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the event coordinator you are working with needs to get paid. That is, of course, a reality. They get paid to work with clients who need catering. Another item you need to keep in mind is that caterers have base expenses that need to be covered in revenue in order to operate. These expenses include staffing, the building or kitchen they run, vehicles, and other equipment to name a few. All caterers have these same expenses.
More importantly than the base costs is the fact that you, the client, get to simply show up to the location you tell the caterer to arrive to, and enjoy yourself without having to worry about ANYTHING. You get to just be in the moment and mingle with your friends and family. You don’t have to cook the food or go get the food-- it all comes to you! A typical catered meal can cost anywhere from, say, $14 to $34 (on the high end). How much do you pay for a meal when you go through the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant? Even a fast food cheeseburger, fry, and soda can cost you nearly $9 these days. You need to drive to a fast food or sit down restaurant too. Therefore, when you think about paying a few more dollars per person for food that gets brought to you, and even maybe cooked right on-site in front of you, the price doesn’t seem so bad. When working with a hand picked caterer and customized menu, you get incredibly great quality and you get so much more for your value when using a caterer, and that is something we don’t really think about as we are price comparing. Better yet, you don’t have to set up an entire buffet or clean it up at the end. This is taken care of for you in the cost you are paying for the food.
Many people often want to try and cut some corners and choose the option that is going to save them the most money. However, is cutting corners and choosing the cheapest really something you want to do for your wedding, for example? A wedding is one of the biggest days of your life. It is an event that people will remember forever. It probably isn’t wise to give up a good quality meal, or the right amount of service and staff, just to save a few bucks. Trying to cut your expenses too much could lead to greater issues in the end.
These are all factors to keep in mind as you are considering catering for your event. Remember that the price will most likely be higher than the drive-thru at the fast food chain, or even a meal at sit down restaurant. That is because there is little work that you, as the client, need to do. Which, in turn, means you can spend your time enjoying your special event instead of worrying about the food.