Word of Mouth currently charges 17% coordinating fee on most events we cater. When we prepare a proposal, rentals, staffing, and design are quoted at cost. There is a reasonable markup built in to the price of the food. The coordinating fee represents the event planner's time for consultations, preparation of your proposal, revisions, etc., as well as certain transportation costs associated with your event, licenses, and insurance. For non-profits, off-season events, and new clients we are prepared to negotiate that fee to help meet your budget and introduce you to what we can do.