(Closed) Wedding reception costs

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much spent per guest at reception for food and beverage (including alcohol)?
    less than $50 : (28 votes)
    34 %
    between $50 - $75 : (18 votes)
    22 %
    $75-$100 : (8 votes)
    10 %
    more than $100 : (29 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    My venue is small we we picked it for it’s location and prices, so it’s definitely on the cheaper end, even for where I live. (Location plays a huge part in determining the cost per plate of the reception!)

    For a family style dinner, a wine package (not open bar), and all the linens, our cost is going to be about $42/plate

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    ours is $27 for just food, no service or rentals. i think it is about $40 with those and we are providing the alcohol which is $3 per person for the caterers to serve.

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Ours is $51 per person, including all linens, service, tax, and bar setups. We’re providing our own alcohol, but we have a friend who works for an alcohol distributor so we’ll be able to get it at cost. I’d estimate the grand total being about $55 per person including everything.

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Our food was about $36 per person (yay military discount!) plus $5 each for an open bar (only because we are buying it ourselves), so I said under $50. But, that obviously doesn’t include the huge venue fee and some other stuff. It’s hard since our ceremony and reception is at the same place. It’s much cheaper to do that though

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

    I probably just messed up your poll since we cheated and took everyone to a luau. We paid $38 per person (like ejs4y8, yay military discount!; that included tons of luau food, drinks and entertainment. woot, woot!

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Ours was $62/plate. This was for a buffet with 3 main courses, 2 side dishes, 5 types of salads, and beverages (water, tea, coffee).

    The cost also included the cost of the Banquest hall, chairs, tables, votive candles, mirror tile (for centerpiece to sit on), sweetheart table (elevated with lights underneath and wrapped in fabric), all china, cutlery, stemware, linens (both an underskirt and an overskirt, cloth napkins).

    Also covered was the cocktail hour, 5 hot hourderves and 5 cold hourderves (all handpassed), beverages, tables, chairs, linens (similar to above).

    And more…Champagne toast (all glassware and champagne), cake cutting, and a honeymoon suite at the hotel.

    Whew! That was a lot!

    Lastly, we paid the bar by consumption although a per person fee was available.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2008

    Ours was $60 per plate for soup, choice of 5 main courses, and mini wedding cake desserts.

    Wine was $50 per bottle (served at the table) and drinks were $8.50-$9.00 per glass.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2008

    I should have mentioned – included in that price were all table linens, cutlery, glasses, plates, etc. 

    Centerpieces were extra (DIYed at less than $10 each).

    Post # 11
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Ours is going to come out to $150 per person.  That includes linens/table settings, 3 course dinner, open bar, wine service at dinner, cocktail hour with passed appetizers, wedding cake, and a late night snack buffet.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Ours is about $85 for food, china, flatware, tables, linens, etc.  We’re providing all the alcohol separately, so that’s not in the $85/head estimate.  Haven’t started looking at how much that will cost, but I’m guessing it’ll be a little over $100/person total.  (Oh, and our cake is another $2/head.)

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    wow, this is the time I wish I lived in a less expensive city, mine will be $242 per person, $183 for kids, but it will be only for 50 people, closest and dearest to us, quality over quantity, plus it’s at a beautiful historic hotel in the same room where Grace Kelly was engaged to Prince Rainier

     

    I figured it’s the most important day of my life, I may as well make it a day to rememeber, I severely reduced the list, but I got so much quality at the reception; I cut out flowers, sinc ethe place and the church are beautiful enough without them, I have a bro who will set up songs for me for free to play, no party favors,  a photographer/friend has markedly reduced fees, so I saved in other ways so I can splurge where it’s most important

     

    I love quality but will thrifty enough to still cut corners where I can

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee

    We are keeping ours under $30

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I haven’t finalized the menu yet, but mine is kind of pricey – at least $250/head probably not including tax or service.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Our plated diner is about $50 per person, $20 for kids, plus $4 per person per hour for open bar(6 hour reception), the reception site is about $20 per person and includes linens, flatware, china, etc. We haven’t even looked at cakes yet so I have no idea what that is going to be…we’re shooting for $3-$5 per person…. yikes….

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