I am such a novice about this, and I don't even know if things are different in different parts of the country, but I thought I'd check the collective wisdom of folks here.
I'm planning a party for 75 people or so, and it looks like I can either choose a caterer and venue separately, or choose a restaurant that has a private room that can accomodate that large a group.
Does anyone know which is generally a better deal? Given that the quality of food is about the same? If we go with a caterer, of course we have to pay for whatever venue we find. The caterers all also ask us to provide our own beer and wine, and if we are buying it, it seems much less expensive than having the restaurants provide it. But caterers also seem to charge for staff, whereas that seems to be built into a restaurant's costs (as does the room itself).
So is there any general rule of thumb-does everyone (but me) know that one or the other is the more expensive way to go? And are there other considerations I should keep in mind?