Post # 1
I’m just wondering what the typical price per person is for a buffet style dinner (only including food, not drinks).
Where I live a buffet style dinner is pretty much the norm (with sit down, served meals being uncommon, even for the incredibly wealthy) but the quality (and price) varies greatly. One wedding I went to had BBQ, another had fajitas, and yet another had prime rib and roasted pig. I know that a lot of people think that buffet style dinners are “cheap” or “tacky”, but I know the cost of the prime rib and roasted pig buffet option was $97/pp (I, for a brief moment, thought I might be able to do something like that…. hahahahahahahahahahaha) That was actually more than most SERVED meals I was quoted (most were around $60pp).
We ended up going with a beef,chicken, and veggie option (sauteed portabella mushroom “steaks”) for $25/pp before gratuity, service, and tax. For funsies, our cocktail hour is $9/pp with shrimp, cheese, veggies and fruits.
All in all, it comes out to $48/pp after everything. So how about you? What are you spending for your buffet style food?
Post # 3
@GamersBride: We are not having a buffet style meal, but that is due to our room not being large enough to accomodate all of our guests plus buffet lines and also because the buffet was actually more expensive at our venue. The buffet prices run from $27-$32pp while the entrees we picked are $23pp (about average for their chicken/pork entrees).
Post # 4
@GamersBride: mine was 21.95 a person. Open bar was 11.00 a person. For a total of 32.95 a person. It was the cheapest I could find lol. It was awesome food too.
Post # 5
I think ours is about the same as yours…maybe 46 per person. I’m not sure of the exact number, but its pretty close. We are having shrimp cocktail, crab fritters, bruschetta and a fruit and cheese tree for apps then an island salad, red skin potatoes, pineapple chicken, a lemon sauce fish and prime rib.
Post # 6
@MrsBeck: I wonder if they do that to avoid having to set up a buffet table because of space?
@adillon1: The cheapest buffet price we found was $14 before tax/gratuity/service charge, but we liked the three options with the $25 one best, so we went with that. Our open bar isn’t costing us much because we’ve a friend in the bar business who is providing our bartenders and letting us buy all the booze through him at his cost, and anything left over he’ll buy back (as long as it isn’t open). It ends up being like $4 per person, so I’m super happy about that.
Post # 8
@adillon1: Wow, that’s a great open bar price! I live in the city you got married in, but I’m getting married in Wisconsin. Guess I should have gotten married in Ohio 🙂
@GamersBride: Yeah, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t have minded having a buffet but I liked this venue so much that we decided to just do plated dinners instead!
Post # 9
Ok.. are you ready for your mind to be blown?? We’re doing a mix between my Vietnamese tradition (7 course sit down diiner) and my FI’s southern tradition (apps, carving stations, buffet, some tables but not really sit down). So how did we compromise? We are doing appetizers passed… and family style dinner (which is like a buffet except they just serve it on a big platter per table). Comes out to $50.57pp (tax & gratuity included) (this also includes cake cuting fee, plates, silverware, servers & glasses). Which was a great deal because this is what’s on the menu…
Apps for cocktail hour:
Boudin Balls, Mini Egg Rolls, Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms, Crescent City Caviar, Ceviche & Oyster shooters
Spinach & feta sald w a strawbery walnut vinaigrette
Smoke Duck & Andoulla gumbo w/ rice
Chicken & Sausage Pastalaya
Beef Tenderloins w/ Masala Demi Gloss
Jasmine Rice & Steamed and season vegis.
And instead of doing a grooms cake, we’re going to have beignets passed around (since a lot of our guests have never had new orleans beignets.)
It is a little pricey but I really loved that our caterers allowed us to do something that incorporated both traditions … even food wise. And they are handling all the vendors, set up, coordiations, everything.. it’s awesome! So I don’t have to hire a coordinator or even a day of coordinator! Premium Open Bar for 175: $2483 (tax & gratuity included)
Post # 10
Our buffet is costing us $65/pp, and that’s the starting price for the buffet options wth our caterer. Our cocktail hour food is $20/pp and allows us to choose six different hors d’oeuvres to be served.
Post # 11
@ms.jellen: I’ve heard of the family style dinners before (thanks to 4 weddings) but it sounds like it is the perfect compromise for the two of you!
@kalixti: What are you serving for dinner? We looked at a Brazillian Buffet that was $75/pp and had 7 different meat options at 14 different carving stations. It was sooo hard not to go with them! 🙁 But they didn’t have a good option for people who weren’t meat lovers.
Post # 12
@GamersBride: Our menu will likely have to be completey redone for long and complicated reasons not worth writing out. lol At the time of signing with the caterer (back in September) this was our menu:
Butter Lettuce Salad
Oranges, Roquefort Cheese, Olives, Walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Marinated Haricots Vert
Baby Greens, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil Vinaigrette
Four Cheese Tortelloni – Vine-Ripened Tomato Sauce and Basil
Grilled Côte De Boeuf – Sautéed Celery and Sweet Onions, Bordelaise Sauce Stuffed Chicken Risotto and Wild Mushrooms
Halibut – Warm Tomato Fennel Vinaigrette
Ratatouille Style Vegetables with Tomato, Thyme and Parsley Cauliflower Gratin
Yukon Gold Potato Purée with Crème Fraîche
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Cookies ‘n Cream and Butter Pecan Ice CreaM Hot Fudge, Carmel Syrup, Mixed Nuts, Whipped Cream & Maraschino Cherries Nestle Butterfinger Bar, Nestle Crunch Bar, Chocolate Sprinkles, Rainbow Sprinkles and Crushed Oreos Sliced Bananas, Strawberries
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Post # 13
100 per person included dinner, full open bar, tax and tip.
Post # 14
We are doing our own buffet, and catering in fazoli’s – as well as doing a number of soups & bread bowls, it’s going to cost us around $900 for 50 people.
Post # 15
Buffets also seem to be the norm in my area too. The plated options were about the same price but I liked the buffet better since it had more variety. The buffet package we chose is around $26/pp though it’ll be around $32 after tax and gratuity. For that we get a salad bar, rolls, pasta salad, tomato/mozzarella platter, vegetable, rice pilaf, chicken picatta, and a salmon option. The buffet also comes with unlimited coffee and tea service. I’m still thinking about maybe adding a carving station but I’m not really sure it’ll be worth it.
Post # 16
@MrsBeck: lol that’s awesome. Most people have no idea where cuyahoga falls is haha