(Closed) Feeding people at the reception?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I feel like it is a bit low. I will either not be serving dinner or doing a pot luck. you should do the pot luck and spend the extra money getting nice serving trays for it. you can either sell them back or keep them for parties. Honestly, the weddings i go to that have pot lucks serve really good homemade food and I would not judge a couple who went with that route. 

Post # 4
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Britk:  if everyone comes you are looking at about $5.75 per person.  Unless McDonalds is cetering, it is not realistic for 130 people.

Post # 5
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a guest list of 150 people (120 guests, plus our bands and photographers), and we did it all for $1200, so $8/person.  We had a local cajun restaurant cater it.  I think it’s rude to ask guests to bring food to a wedding.  Your reception is to thank them for coming out and celebrating your marriage.  Maybe if you get CLOSE family to help out and bring something that’s a little different.  Can you dig a little deeper and put more money towards food?

Post # 6
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

With tax, that’s about $5/person.  That will be pretty tough to find…but you don’t live in a super-expensive city and you have plenty of time to search.  If you do find a caterer that you like and can afford, sign your contract before their prices go up for 2014.

Oh, and I’m completely against potlucks for a hosted wedding.

Post # 7
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@amandasf:  This made me laugh!!  Please do not serve McDonald’s at your wedding haha

Post # 8
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think your food budget is way too low. Not sure you’ll realistically find someone with quality food for that low. Not to mention, in addition to the per head costs of a caterer, there will be taxes and set up and other fees tacked on there.  

I am anti potluck wedding.  Just do a dessert reception (and not hold your wedding over a meal time) if you can’t afford a sit down meal 

Post # 10
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@Britk:  I’d recommend making some adjustments to either your budget or your guest list if possible. If not, could you have your event at a time of day when a lesser amount of food will be expected?

Post # 9
7312 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I don’t know of any place that could provide food and drinks for $5 per person. Even buying large pans of lasagna from a local restaurant with some salad and bread knots on the side would cost more than that, and you would still need to provide something for people to drink (soda, juice, etc.), and have paper products and utensils. Prices will vary based on location, but the cheapest I have been able to find for a casual bridal shower is $15-20 per person.

Post # 11
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Britk:  I’d suggest things like a BBQ chicken catering company. With a set menu (one meat two sides) you could have a catered meal. Most likley on disposable dinnerware.



Post # 12
9424 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you are stretching it.  I think you can get away with finding $7-$10 per person for catering but I’m not sure you can reasonably find much else. 

I would try Hy-Vee or another larger grocery store, they usually are cheaper than catering companies.  Otherwise, just go the BBQ route, you should be able to find some of those for around $10 per person for the basics (as a side note, I would love you as a guest if you had Oklahoma Joes or the any of the like cater your food!)


Post # 13
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My rehearsal was an incredible BBQ for $7 a person? And I’m in a super expensive city. They didn’t serve or deliver or anything, but that’s always an option, esp in Kansas City.

Post # 14
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

How about a dessert reception? Is your wedding time set yet? If not, have an afternoon wedding, and cake/punch is no problem.

Post # 15
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I concur with looking into Hy-Vee or other catering like that. Or you can do light hors d’oeuvres (cold cuts, cheese, veggies) and have the ceremony earlier in the day, ending before dinner.

Post # 16
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you have family members who might be willing to help with food setup & prep, you could probably make it happen. I would probably go with eh wavy appetizers and desserts. You can get good deals at Sam’s Club or Costco. It’s a little more work, but it will be a little classier than a pot luck! 

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