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5 Money-Saving Myths De-Bunked: Read our tips to learn the truth behind these wedding catering misconceptions.

You’re engaged – congratulations! Now, brace yourself for every single person you know to start offering tons of advice about how to plan your wedding… Don’t worry – we’re here to clear up some of the common misconceptions when it comes to budget-friendly wedding planning! It turns out that many assumptions about catering costs couldn’t be further from the truth.

1. Customized menus that accommodate for dietary restrictions cost more: False.

With the growing number of food allergies and dietary restrictions in the world today, we hear this question often. It depends what you are hoping to serve, but most often, accommodating dietary restrictions does not add to your catering bill. For example, many of our entrée options are naturally gluten free and wouldn’t require any changes. Additionally, vegetarian and vegan menus are often cheaper, due to lower food costs for menus without meat or seafood.

Looking for something out of the ordinary? Ask! Since we customize every menu from start to finish, we are able to accommodate allergies or restrictions seamlessly. Most importantly, we pride ourselves on serving allergy-friendly food that tastes just as delicious as our other options! Gluten free, vegan, or nut-free guests will be able to enjoy their meal without feeling like they have been an afterthought.   

2. Family-Style Dinners are Cheap and Don’t Require Servers: False.

Family-style dinners are a great alternative to a buffet because guests can serve themselves and choose their own portions, but don’t have to wait to start filling their plates like they would at a buffet. However, there is an assumption that family-style dinners just involve the food being dropped off at the table and don’t require servers at all.

In reality, family-style meals require more servers than a plated dinner or buffet would. Servers continuously monitor tables to ensure that food is replenished throughout the meal. In addition to the higher number of servers, family-style events call for more tables (since there must be enough space for all of the platters) as well as higher food quantities and more serving platters. All in all, the cost could actually be higher than a served dinner or buffet.

3. Buffets are Cheaper than Plated Dinners: False.

Many people expect buffets to be a cheaper option than a served dinner. Of course, prices will vary between caterers, but this is a very common misconception. Buffets are actually about the same price point as a seated dinner, overall. Buffets give guests the option of returning for seconds, so caterers must account for this and provide a higher quantity of food.

Buffets also run a higher food cost because they typically offer two proteins, whereas a seated dinner allows one protein per guest. At the same time, buffets require fewer servers than plated dinners, so the higher food costs and lower labor costs essentially balance each other out. Either way, you should explore different options for dinner service and choose the food style that best suits your wedding style!  

4. Entree Options Just Add More to the Bill: False.

Beef, fish, or chicken? Do I need a vegetarian option? Would that cost more? Giving your guests entrée options does not necessarily mean that your bill will skyrocket. For a wedding with Capers, each entrée will cost its own designated amount, and you will be charged based on the count of how many guests have chosen each entrée.

5. Passed Hors D’Oeuvres Cost More than Stationary Apps: False

There is an expectation that passed hors d’oeuvres are more expensive because they require servers to constantly pass them around. Similar to a buffet or family-style dinner, however, stationary hors d’oeuvres are still replenished by catering staff. In the occasions of both passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, you will be charged based on the costs and quantities of food items.

Stationary hors d’oeuvres do, however, require a table, linen, china, and possibly flatware. As a result, they may come with a slightly higher cost. As a general rule of thumb, having two stationary displays will run you about the same amount as a selection of five passed hors d’oeuvres.

Moral of the story? Let us help you celebrate your day with the food that best suits you and your wedding style!

Our team at Capers customizes each and every menu for events! It is our pleasure to work with you throughout the process to ensure that you are completely satisfied with your menu. So, just smile and nod when you hear unwarranted wedding planning advice, and remember that Capers will be here to help you navigate the assumptions and rumors about your catering budget. We’ll work with you to make sure you are comfortable with the price and thrilled with your food choices, without having to sacrifice flavor or stellar service!