How much did you pay/are you paying for your catering?

posted 4 years ago in Money
  • poll: Did you/ Will you have a Buffet or Plated Dinner?
    Buffet : (58 votes)
    56 %
    Plated Dinner : (41 votes)
    39 %
    Neither : (5 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    This seems really reasonable to me considering they are including table flowers and chair covers and the alcohol. Mine was about 4 times that, not including flowers or chairs.


    Post # 4
    493 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    I paid around $55pp and that did not include any alcohol or table decor. It seems like a reasonable price, but it doesn’t hurt to look at other options if you think it is too much.

    Post # 5
    2441 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Three course meal is approx. $100/pp. Then we’re thinking probably another $100/pp (on average, some people will drink more, some less) for alcohol. Canapes for cocktail hour are looking like they will be around $300.00. So in total around $6,600 for our small wedding.

    It’s too bad everyone can’t have kids meals, $9 for their dinner, dessert and soft drinks/juice/milk! lol


    Post # 6
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    p.s. the buffet choices do sound great on the menus that you were provided, especially for lovers of Southern food!!

    Post # 7
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We paid about $40 per person for a similar package in the midwest. I don’t think that’s a terrible price but it’s always good to shop around. 

    Post # 8
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I paid about $55 per person (food only, open bar was $27) for 3 appetizers, cheese & fruit platter, and veg platter during cocktail hour plus a 2 entree buffet with potatoes and veg.  My venue was all inclusive though, so I didn’t have to pay for rentals/staff, but I did have 18% gratuity added on.

    Post # 9
    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @lina010:  This is a great price for this package. 

    Post # 10
    1340 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    That sounds pretty high for Alabama!

    We’re paying $19 per person at an Italian restaurant. It was way cheaper that caterers or banquet halls and the food is better.

    Post # 11
    3806 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    $9,500 for 70ish people.



      1. Venue for 5.5 hours
      2. Set up and break down
      3. Chairs, linens, rentals
      4. Open bar
      5. 4 custom appetizers
      6. Cheese and fruit appetizer
      7. Seated dinner (3 choices for entree main course)
      8. Wedding cake (2 flavors)
      9. One night stay in hotel
      10. Champagne toast


      Post # 12
      2042 posts
      Buzzing bee
      • Wedding: September 2013

      We are having a seated dinner.  It is not all inclusive.  We are having an open beer and wine bar but it will be paid based on consumption since it is actually cheaper to do that than pay $24 pp.  It will probably end up to be $13 pp since not everyone drinks.  We are having 3 appetizers or cocktail hour as well totally around $800.  And the plated dinner comes with bread and salad.  Guests get to choose between what we selected from our tasting.  That will be $30-35 pp.  So with out 150 guests we are looking around $7750 plus taxes and gratuity.

      Post # 13
      8749 posts
      Bumble Beekeeper
      • Wedding: October 2012

      Buffet dinner! We had 8 passed hor d’ouerves for cocktail hour, 3 choices of dinner (salmon, chicken, beef), we also had a pasta, two sides, bread, and salad. Then they included our cake, a brownie/ice cream bar, and apple cider donuts. All of that plus tax was right around $5,800! It was all locally grown food, so we paid a bit more, but it was SO worth it.  That didnt include any linens and we had to rent all of the chafing dishes!  haha  🙂

      Post # 14
      3777 posts
      Honey bee
      • Wedding: February 2013

      I had a BBQ buffet catered by my boss who does BBQ cookoffs as a hobby. He’s really good at it. We fed 250 for $2000, and people are still raving about the food months later! I firmly believe it will be the one thing everyone remembers about the wedding in a few years.

      ETA: Offerings included brisket, chicken, sausage, beans, green beans, potatoes, bbq sauce, bread, pickles and onions, and tea

      Post # 15
      7304 posts
      Busy Beekeeper
      • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

      That is a cheap quote.

      Post # 16
      945 posts
      Busy bee
      • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

      That’s a very reasonable price. 

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