Your budget for your catering service is the menu rate per person, plus any additional charges multiplied by the number of your guests.
A menu rate ranges from P750 to P2, 000 per person depending on the type of service and menu. A basic buffet menu ranges from P750 to P1, 000 per person while an upgraded buffet menu ranges from P1, 000 to P1, 400. A plated menu or a sit-down meal can go from P1,500 to P2, 000 per person. A plated menu is more expensive due to a higher demand on manpower.
Ask your caterer and take note of any additional charges including the service charge (10%), out-of town fee charge (5%) and value-added tax (12%) that might not be included yet on the initial menu rate. These additional charges may vary depending on your caterer.
If you want to add a complete mobile bar set-up for your alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages to complete your beverage needs, it can costs P150 per head or more within a limited time.
In addition to this, a lechon—one of the famous Filipino dishes—is not usually included on the catering menu packages. So if you want this to be a part of your dishes, you will need to request this as an additional menu and pay P12, 000 or more.
There are caterers who give an inclusion of additional amenities on their package rates like a wedding cake, a bottle of wine or a 3-hour use of a bridal car which you can consider when deciding for your catering service.
We also advise you to set an allowance for your food and prepare for an additional 10% from the total number of your guests. If you have 100 guests, book for 110 guests to ensure availability of food for all of them.