WHAT DOES A CATERING BUDGET INCLUDE?
Understanding the many components that make up your catering cost is the first step in building an effective event budget. We understand this can be an overwhelming process, especially when your first event planning experience may be for something as personal as your wedding. That’s why our team of seasoned Special Event Planners are here to help! Explore our Budget considerations below, and Contact Us with your questions. Every event is unique and receives special attention from our team.
Your primary considerations include how many courses and options you’d like to offer your guests, as well as the style of the meal. Your menu selections, including hors d’oeuvres, first course, main course and dessert, often make up the largest piece of the budget pie. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering cuisine is often recognized as the best in our area. We think you’ll agree!
Determining the type of beverages you would like to serve is the next step in the budgeting process. Common offerings include a full bar, beer and wine bar, or non-alcoholic selections only. You may also consider coffee or tea service, depending on the style of your event. Naturally, including alcoholic beverages on your menu will increase this portion of your budget.
SERVICE STYLE & STAFF RATIO
Our reputation is built on providing outstanding service to your and your guests, especially on your special event day. Your event is executed by a varied team of event professionals including chefs who prep your menu in our commissary, operations staff who manage your event logistics and deliver and set-up your event, as well as the event chefs and service team who personally serve your guests during the event and clean up after a successful event. The type of service style you select will impact your budget by determining the staff-to-guest ratio required to successfully produce your event; the more complex your menu is, the more staff it requires. For some full-service events, labor costs may compose up to half of your catering budget, while more simple events require significantly less staff.
Your event duration has a direct impact on your budget. Wedding receptions are typically 4-5 hours in length, so choosing to party later into the night will increase your hourly service costs and extend your food and beverage service.
At Puff ‘n Stuff Catering, many serviceware items including china, stainless flatware, bread baskets and chaffing dishes (if needed) are included in your menu price. In addition to basic serviceware, we have a wide selection of tables, chairs and linens available for your event at competitive rental pricing. Coordinating these items through your Special Event Planner streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set-up on your event day.
Gratuities for excellent service are greatly appreciated by your event staff, however they are completely at your discretion. Many clients offer $50-$100 per service member in thanks for wonderful service. The kitchen facilities at your event location may limit the food selections or service styles we can offer, or require the set-up of a mobile kitchen space. Puff ‘n Stuff Catering is well-equipped to cater from any location, however rental fees may apply depending on the type of set-up you desire.