Post # 1
I’m a little in shock over catering costs! I thought that we’d be able to save money by booking a venue where we could choose our own caterer, but I’m getting estimates for $100/person. This seems unreasonable to me, especially since we’re bringing in our own liquor!!!
So, am I delusional? What’s a reasonable per person price for catering?
Post # 3
I found that $100/person was common in Philadelphia. The rentals and the staff costs really do add up. We actually chose a venue with an exclusive caterer, because there the $100/person included venue, DoC, cake, and a whole pacakge of other extras.
If you want to go much lower than this, maybe talk to restaurants rather than traditional wedding caterers.
Post # 4
I guess it depends on what you want. I live in Cleveland, Ohio and if you want cheaper catering costs you should rent a hall or someplace that is designed for wedding receptions. I would also consider doing a buffet meal and considering serving wine and beer only. These are good ways to cut down on costs.
We booked an old manor house with a plated dinner for $90 a head. The catering package that we chose includes appetizers, open bar, salad, plated dinner, coffee, tea, linens dishes etc… The From all the venues we considered $100 a person was not crazy at all and it would have been real easy to pay upwards of $100 for food! In my opinion, $100 is nothing crazy.
Post # 5
For JUST food, I am look at costs around $30 a person. However, I have to rent everything as well, but I am going for a lounge feel, not a seated dinner, so I can’t break those costs down in that way. I am basically expecting another $30 to $40 a head for all of the rentals, but the more people who show, the lower the price per person, for me. And I plan on spending $15 a head on drinks.
I am having the wedding on the North Coast of California, which is cheaper than SF, but more expensive than where I live in Sacramento.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I think it depends what is included. Ours will be 75/person, but that includes served appetizers, dinner, the wedding cake, dessert bar, and a 4 hour open bar. This is in central Indiana though.
Post # 7
I’m looking at $40/person for just food. Tables, chairs, linens are extra. Set-up/break-down are included.
Post # 8
We are doing the reception at my parents’ and have to rent EVERYTHING. Reception will be in the greater Philly region, and the caterer we are using is very flexible, but the prices add up fast. We are doing a cocktail, not sit-down dinner, reception. Right now, we are at about $80/person including butlered hors d’oeuvres, butlered shrimp cocktail, cheese table, carving station with filet mignon, cake, tables, chairs, linens, bar service (but not alcohol; the FILs are supplying the booze), mobile catering kitchen, and food service.
We are assuming we’ll need to add another station to make sure everyone gets enough food (especially the vegetarians). Add in tax and gratuity, and yeah $100/person seems about right. There are easy ways we could scale it back by a lot though, and that is what’s great about hiring your own caterer. I bet if you express your concerns and ask them about your options, they can come up with some creative budget solutions. Good luck!
Post # 9
$100 per person sounds a little high….I think $40-65 per person is more reasonable but I think even thats high!
Post # 10
Depends on your budget, of course. I’ve heard that the food/drink should be about half of your budget.
Post # 11
does that include food? Rentals? Service? Just food?
Post # 12
our catering is $39/person for just food, which i thought was reasonable. labor adds up though (and rentals!) so i would guess that $100 is about right for everything.
Post # 13
If you are looking in the Chicagoland area, consider Froggy’s, Conn’s, City Provisions or D’Absolute Catering. I think they would come in at the price you are looking for….
Post # 14
For just food in Florida we are estimating about $30 per person. The biggest expense that gets added to that is the sales tax (7%) plus 20% service fee. That adds a HUGE expense!
Our venue provides the drinks (soda, beer, wine, champagne).
Post # 15
This is one of those posts that makes me stick my fingers in my ears and yell “la la la la la” the thought of looking at catering estimates is making my head spin!
Post # 16
so i live in evansville indiana and mine will be $10/person not including alcohol. but mine is a vegy dinner.
I would say anything over $50/person no matter where you live (except manhattan) forget it!!!
I would find another caterer.