I was asking to do a wedding receptions for 125 people finger food and a fruit display. and serve the food. How much such I charge to cater.
I have an excellent spread sheet that will calculate your food costs based on the food volume. So that you know exactly how much a certain dish costs. I usually plug in those costs, then based on the final costs I build in my profit margin and go from there. But yes, it varies so significantly. Some events I charge an extra 20%. others I go as high as 80-100%. Depends on the event, venue, logistics, client, staff requirements, etc.
PM me and I can send that to you. Its just an excellent tool to just have in your arsenal.
Thanks for the insights and would love to have a copy of your spreadsheet, I'll show you mine if you show me yours :) Will go ahead and send over a PM soon. Also in regards to best practices for catering weddings, I have found that Honesty is always the best policy. Weddings are stressful times as it is for couples, and they do appreciate honest upfront, no BS and upfront pricing. They don't mind paying a premium if their guests are full and happy :)