Post # 1
I’m trying to get an idea of how much to estimate. How much did you spend on food for your wedding? How many guests did you have? Did you have a buffet, seated dinner with servers, etc? Was your reception morning, afternoon or night? Basically all the details that you can give me that you think would be relevant.
I’m trying to figure out our budget and I feel so overwhelmed. I have no idea what the normal cost is for food. My FI and I are hoping to have no more than 100 guests and we plan on doing a buffet. Or maybe heavy hors d’oeuvres. We’re also having an evening wedding. Our ceremony would likely start at 5:30 so our reception should start at 6:00.
So many decisions!
Post # 2
LadyBlackheart: Right now, we got quoted $5500 for 100 people (but this includes the bar and rentals).
Post # 3
Our food was $13pp. It included chicken, meatballs,mashed potatoes, vegtables, ceasar salad, buns, and fresh fruit. It also included nice dishes. We had about 330 guests. If we has less than 300 it would have been $14 pp.
We got a discount because the same person did our bar.
Food very much depends on where you are located. If our reception was 30 miles away it would have easily been $25+pp for food not nearly as good.
Oh, and ours was buffet but the salad and bread was served to the tables.
Edit: We also had him do late night food- sandwhiches, chips, and maybe the left over fruit and he charged I think 75 cents per serving- I don’t remember how many we actually ordered.
Post # 4
LadyBlackheart: Our catering came in at a shade under £5k/$8k (without drinks, which cost roughly the same again). That included:
5 canapés pp during the drinks reception (bit like cocktail hour) at 61 covers; canapé selection was: crispy pork belly with black pudding; baked figs wrapped in bacon; marguerita and pesto croute; smoked haddock and mustard fishcakes; spicy beef and horseradish truffles
A plated, waiter-served 3 course meal with 3 choices for the starter (melon and parma ham; tomato soup; Stilton and red onion tart with port syrup) and dessert (exotic fresh fruit salad; chocolate device with fresh raspberries and raspberry coulis; apple tart tatin with vanilla ice-cream and apple crisp), and 4 for the main (pan seared salmon fillet with spring onion and herb crushed potatoes and white wine veloute; Hereford Angus sirloin steak with sautéed potatoes and wilted spinach; wild mushroom, spinach and ricotta lasagne; pot-roast breastfeeding of corn-fed chicken with a leek, pancetta and mushroom risotto); 61 covers
An evening buffet (65 covers) compromising of: baked potato station with chili con care, sour cream and cheese toppings to choose from; lamb kofta kebabs; chicken take a skewers; ciabatta steak sandwich with red onion marmalades; open baguettes with topping of brie, rocket and chili jam, smoked salmon, cheese and pickle, and egg mayonnaise; croque monsieur; cheese and onion quiche; and plaice goujons with tartar sauce.
The food was excellent quality and we had a lot of compliments; pretty pleased with what we paid.
Post # 5
We got a quote for $13,000 for 100 people for a steak and crabcake plated dinner with cocktail hour and a bar. This includes linens, rentals, bartenders, taxes, etc. I was a little jarred when I saw the price but then again, we are getting married in an expensive area. We will probably find some ways to cut costs- possibly choosing cheaper food options, also we expect around 80 people not 100. But the caterer has amazing reviews and I trust them with making my wedding amazing- we are total foodies and it is the most important part of the wedding for us.
Post # 6
Ours was around $1000 (if I remember correctly) but that was with some extras. We had 100 people and did heavy hors d’oeuvre for our evening wedding and we had way more than enough food. I wrote a review: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/catering-vendor-review-hyvee-grocery-stores-awesome/#axzz36vOWb0eI
Post # 7
LadyBlackheart: We’re having an initimate immediate family/bridal party dinner at a restaurant before the ceremony, then a late ceremony and app/dessert reception with everyone (roughly 130 people).
For the sit down, it’s a 3 course steak dinner, that’ll be $35/person. Roughly $2000.
Then the reception will be around $2500 for all of the food, and that includes the service/clean up. We’re having ‘stations’ at the wedding… s’mores, desserts, chili, as well as passed food and food on tables. No formal sit down (the venue doesn’t accomodate a sit down for that many people) but there will still be lots of food!
Alcohol is separate. We’re doing a cost bar, so it won’t be as much. But we’ll have free pop/water/juice/coffee/tea for people… just the alcohol will cost. Should keep some of the ‘crazy legs’ in my family at bay hahaha.
Post # 8
Our quote is about $167/person, including cocktail hour (passed and stationery hors d’oeuvres), a 4 course plated meal (including cake) and a 5 hour open bar. This also includes all staffing, but doesn’t include upgraded linens, chairs, etc. We’re probably going to add additional desserts, too, and are going to upgrade the bar package, so the final number will be a little higher. Our venue is our caterer, so it’s a little different than hiring an independent caterer, but as others have said, it’s all about where you live and what your budget is.
Post # 9
We are paying $10,500 for 110 people. That includes cocktail hour with hor d’oerves and all night open bar.
Post # 10
This is going to vary hugely by city so, OP, it might help to include where you are.
110 people, plated meal, 3 courses plus 4 passed hors d’ovuvres choices= $115/person including China, linens, coffee and wedding cake.
Top shelf open bar is another $45/person; soda/juice for kids is $15/person, under 21’s only.
does not include labor/service.
Post # 11
We are looking at about $36,000 for food and drinks. Not including dessert. We’re doing a plated dinner, top shelf alcohol, and late night snacks. We are projecting to have 150 people.
Post # 12
Around $24,000 for 200 people. Includes our venue rental, open bar, cocktail hour w/ appetizers, late night snack, and plated dinner.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
LadyBlackheart: Ours is totally 12735 but that includes the rental, centerpieces, linens, passed canapes, four course dinner, late night buffet, open bar (no top shelf liquor) of 25 pp, taxes, two vendor meals, labour and gratuities. Guests have three options for the entree. We are in a city and have the venue from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (not including set-up time before hand). This is for 80 people.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Ours was about $3800 for dinner (buffet with fairly limited options but really really good), water / iced tea, and cake / cupcakes for 165 people. This included plates and silverware and all the cleaning up after dinner, but did not include linens, cocktail hour food, or drinks. I think it was $22 pp plus a $200 cleaning fee.
Post # 15
our minimum is $4500, but we are probably looking at closer to $6000 for the open bar and plated food we want (for around 100 people). A lot of venues we were looking at had catering minumums of $10,000 to $15,000 so we feel that $60/person is completely reasonable. My best friend just paid $150/person for open bar and a plated meal of roast beef and chicken, roasted potatoes, and asparagus.