Wanted: elegant wedding catering for under $75 a head

We’ve covered engagement rings, wedding gifts… now it’s time for tips on the food. Mary, a soon-to-be-wed friend of Brokelyn, needs some crowd-sourced help finding the catering for her big day. Mary’s got the venue covered. “It’s 450union.com. It’s really cool,” she writes.  Now she’s looking for:

“A caterer who will cater a low-key but elegant (not fussy, that means) wedding for $50-$75 pp. We need to get tables, chairs, linens, silverwear, the whole shebang.”

Also on Mary’s to-do list: finding a dessert truck and renting a sound system for the band. We can tell she’s already taken a few pointers from here, but now Mary needs your two cents: Where can she find a classy caterer for under $75 a head?

3 Comment

  • We just had a very DIY, very awesome wedding in Brooklyn last month. We got catering dropped off from Fairway Market and hired wait & bar staff from Parties N All — a staffing and catering company in LI. Then we rented all the tables, chairs, dishes and linens from Party Rentals Ltd. It took a lot of detail-oriented planning, but we saved a ton!

  • Try Yen of Real Food catering. She did my wedding and did a great job – delicious, creative food – at a very low price even in light of our huge menu and monstrous amount of food. Granted $50-$75 a head is a little low budget in NYC but you can certainly have good quality food – just not a ton of it. Have you thought about a short early evening cocktail hour only reception? The less time you have people captive, the less food you need to give them.

  • Melody Ozdenak catered my wedding three years ago and the compliments are still coming in. We gave her a lot of freedom, and she made a seasonal, vegetarian/vegan friendly buffet that didn’t alienate my midwestern meat-eating family.

    She has her own company now: http://eventfullnyc.com/

    We bought our own booze, but I think it was around $55 a head.