Post # 1
I’m trying to compare the costs of doing a welcome cocktail party at the hotel open to everyone vs a large rehearsal sit down dinner. I have an estimate for the welcome party and was just wondering how that compared to the traditional route.
How much did your rehearsal dinner cost (food & alcohol) at a nice restaurant?
I’m looking for actual restaurant prices, not backyard bbqs or pizza parties. We are all coming from out of town and FFIL wants to do something nice for his family who has to fly in and pay for hotel costs.
Post # 3
We are spending about $40-50 per person, FI parents are paying for it and requested it be a nice dinner. Its the same price as our venue! But, if they are paying.. they get what they want. It includes a three course meal, salad/soup, entree, dessert.
Post # 4
Ours was around $8k or so for 40 or so people. It included a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a 4 course sit-down meal of a prix fixe menu and open bar (consumption bar not package so that adds up quickly!) Things that increased the cost that you don’t tend to think about: formal invitations, favors and centerpieces.
Post # 5
We had 80 people at our welcome dinner at a restaurant. With a cocktail hour, sit down meal, and an open bar, (based on consumption) it was around $5,500. (don’t remember the specific number). That comes out to about $69 per head.
Post # 6
I’ve thrown two showers and a rehearsal dinner. The cheapest option for a nice dinner would be to do the rehearsal dinner at a BYOB. You will save A LOT this way by providing your own wine!
I did two BYOB showers for $30 a head, but my rehearsal dinner at a hotel was $60 a head plus $9/drink based on consumption. I found the hotels to be totally over priced, especially for the quality of food!
Post # 7
I think food was $20/head and we did a consumption bar that we averaged at $12/head? This was in Seattle.