Hi all -
My fiance and I are trying to figure out how to throw a nice cocktail reception wedding that won't cause us to go bankrupt. In DC, this is no small task. We've already ruled out dinners, and we'd like to stay in the evening timeframe, so we were thinking a later start time (like 8pm) and then light hors d'oeurves/cake/awesome open bar. (priorities).
Problem is, I can't seem to get caterers to respond promptly, and the few I have talked to briefly seem to start around $60 a head just for hors d'oeurves. So, we started thinking about possibly having a restaurant cater.
1) has anyone done this, and if so, how did it work? does the restaurant just drop off food and leave? do you rent plates/etc through them also? recommended or bad idea?
2) recommendations for specific restaurants? (if we could keep it in the $30-$40 range that would be great, but i might be ridiculous for even dreaming of this. i don't know - please tell me!)
3) if you have a recommendation for a standard wedding caterer that is cheap and good, let me know that too - we're not tied to a restaurant.
thanks in advance...