(Closed) How much is reasonable for a wedding dinner at a restaurant for 15-20 guest

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

What are they providing?  Just food?  Open bar?  Decor?  Centerpieces?  Depending on how much they are offering, that’s either a good price or too much.

Post # 4
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ya that seems like a lot that is $200 per person!

Post # 5
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

That sounds like a lot.  We’re paying $30 per person, not including bar (which is by consumption) but including cake, at the nicest restaurant in our town.  However, we’re in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  For 15-20 I would think the prices would be much closer to whatever a normal dinner would cost at that restaurant, rather than a special catering price…

Post # 6
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

For cake, food and bar you shouldn’t spend any more than 125.00 per person and that should include tax and gratuity

Post # 7
5986 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Totally depends on where you live, what you’re including, and what kind of place it is.

I often plan events for my office and I live in a large city.  I’d pretty much never pay more than $100 per head for a multi course dinner at a nice restaurant.  We’re more likely to keep the budget at about $50 per head for food.

If you’re doing a full buy out of the restaurant you’ll likely have a significant minimum to meet, however, with 15-20 people that’s probably not the situation, right?

If you’re adding in an open bar that sky is the limit!  In my area they charge a minimum of about $5 per piece for drinks.  An alternative would be to go with wine on the tables and allow people to go to the bar for additional drinks.

Post # 8
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had ours in the private dining room of the Legal Sea Foods in Burlington.  It was just over $100 pp for food, alcohol (just a champagne toast and wine with the meal), tax, and tip.

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