(Closed) Reasonable price (per person) for buffet dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Boston
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I live in Boston but got married in San Diego – but it is right on par with Boston prices. We had an excellent buffet for $30/head. Keep in mind that the per head cost does not include the 18-20% service charge or tax. Our alcohol was billed separately – the $30/head covered food, plates, cups, utensils, napkins, labor, buffet setup, etc.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was able to price out some caterors for that price! It’s do-able. Just keep in mind that there will be tax and then some fee’s associated with the staffing they need to have for the buffet. Alot of caterers we looked at were charging like $30/hr per server so it wasn’t ridiculous but just another expense you need to be aware of. Also, BBQ tends to be the cheapest catering options and it’s definately casual….

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We are doing ours at Paula Deen’s restaurant and are paying $25.65/person and that includes tax and gratuity. Bread, buffet with 2 meats and 10 sides, tea and water, and two dessert choices are included in the dinner. Oh and I just checked our contract- a salad bar as well. So if Paula Deen can come in at that price point, I imagine others should be able to as well!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am using cloverleaf catering. She is from Mass based out of Peabody but will travel I believe. We are doing a buffet and getting Carved Turkey Breast Carved Prime Rib Roasted red bliss potatoes maple glazed carrots garden salad bread and butter. She also gives you something to go with you cake such as fruits. This is all 39.99 per person but that price includes taxes gratuity server fees and site fees that might be charged. That is probably one of her more expensive choices so if you do not do carving and maybe just have one meat or not prime rib it might be cheaper. I would check out her website cloverleafcatering.com. She is very nice to work with and I feel very reasonable. Also if you pay with cash she gives you a discount … for example I think on everything that I chose I received 300 off with cash

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am using cloverleaf catering. She is from Mass based out of Peabody but will travel I believe. We are doing a buffet and getting Carved Turkey Breast Carved Prime Rib Roasted red bliss potatoes maple glazed carrots garden salad bread and butter. She also gives you something to go with you cake such as fruits. This is all 39.99 per person but that price includes taxes gratuity server fees and site fees that might be charged. That is probably one of her more expensive choices so if you do not do carving and maybe just have one meat or not prime rib it might be cheaper. I would check out her website cloverleafcatering.com. She is very nice to work with and I feel very reasonable. Also if you pay with cash she gives you a discount … for example I think on everything that I chose I received 300 off with cash

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If you are somewhat near Tyngsboro, MA

 

I am using Bianco Catering.  I am a chef, and they are a great reputable place, I’ve heard of them several times, from several different people.

 

They arent to expensive.  I think its around 30 – 40 for a buffet dinner, based on what you want.  The owner of the catering company is so nice, and I made a bunch of changes to my menu and they were willing to accomodate me and do whatever made me happy.  Try them ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am getting married in Upstate NY so the prices there are probably a little cheaper, we have $35 per person, but that includes 3 hours of top shelf open bar and an italian cookie table. We do still have 7.75% sales tax and 19% gratuity on top of that though.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are paying $17.00 per head, and then we have tax and gratuity on top of that. We are having a buffet style also, but ours is probably on the cheaper side because we are in Central Pa. haha.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Depends on where you live.  In Northern California I couldn’t find anything below $45.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@SoonToBeMrs.Kiss: Where is your venue?  I am starting to plan in Central PA as well and have no clue where to start.  We want a casual barbecue feel.

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