So... me and miss njee20 are getting married next year, and we're looking at caterers.
Venue doesn't really have adequate cooking facilities, so caterers will need to bring ovens and what not (fully accept there's a cost there). We are providing all the drinks; toast, arrival, meal, evening, the lot. 85 guests. Looking at the usual stuff, canapes on arrival and 3 course wedding breakfast.
We've had a couple of quotes at £7000 and £9000 so far - the former based on advertised cost of £22/head and the latter for £45/head for the meal. The 'stuff that isn't food' seems sutterly exorbitant frankly - both are £2,500 on staff, £1,500 equipment etc. That excludes any evening food too.
Is this normal? I'm amazed that a caterer advertising £22/head for catering actually ends up costing £82/head by the time you include 'stuff'.
Getting more quotes and that, but both a little taken aback by quite how much they're coming to. Failing that, anyone got any advice for a wedding caterer in Sussex...?