Post # 1
I am expecting to invite around 200 guest and need to know if my $3000 budget for food is enough or should we reevaluate. I do live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (if that even matters when it comes to the cost for food) and could really use any advice you all can provide. Thanks!
Post # 2
It depends on the venue. Research a few and see if what you like fits your budget or not
Post # 3
It’s a tight budget for food. $15 per person is a pretty low cost for catering. It can be done, but I think it will be harder to find a caterer at that price point.
Post # 4
That seems pretty low to me. But it will also depend if that number includes servers and serving dishes. And if you’re doing buffet or plated.
Post # 5
That breaks down to $15 per person. You seriously need to reevaluate unless you are doing a backyard thing or a very casual reception. Nothing wrong with either of those, BTW!
Post # 6
lildncr2 : What are you hoping to do with that $3000? What type of reception are you planning? brunch? afternoon tea? buffet? plated dinner? food truck? self cater? That works out to $15 per person.
If you give them more information, I am sure the local bees can tell if you are being realistic.
Post # 7
I’m having a *lot* of trouble imagining what kind of food you can really hope to get for $15 a person. Even with in incredibly casual backyard thing that would be hard, unless you order pans of brisket and mashed potatoes from a local low-cost bbq joint, etc.
Post # 8
lildncr2 : Think about the Olive Garden rule: unlimited salad and breadsticks and soda refills included, an appetizer and entrees for two adults is stll going to come out to about fifty bucks. I think squeezing it down to $15/person will be pretty tight.
Post # 9
I agree that’s tight. I live in the south and paid $2000 for a buffet to feed 110 and that was a steal. I think if you shopped around then you’re close but not quite there. Also, as previously said depends very much on what you want exactly.
Post # 10
Bbq!!! We’re doing 3 meats/3 sides for $12/pp. With tax, tip, and the service charge for a couple of wait staff it’ll be around $15/pp. Good luck!!
Post # 11
Please describe what you are talking about in the way of food. If you are having a BBQ reception it might work as long as you don’t have a lot of side dishes or anything extravagant. It won’t work for a sit down, 3 course, waiter served dinner . Can you be more specific?
Post # 12
I”m doing a taco truck for 90 for 1800, would be 1700 without the horchata. I couldn’t find anything cheaper. So it’s doable, but there is no full staff, just two people and a truck, not full service, and it wasn’t somefancy taco truck it was a legit straight-from-mexico taco truck with no website or fancy signs.
If you want cheap cheap I wouldeither do a food truck or just order a bunch of pizza!
Post # 13
Thanks for all of your replies! I am wanting food stations: a mashed potato bar, Mexican food station, southern food station, & a pasta station. Knowing that information should I probably double the amount? Maybe $6000? My uncle is a chef so he will be doing the food (him and his team); we just haven’t discussed it yet. Lol I just want to have my ducks in a row before he & I discuss.
Post # 14
I would discuss with your uncle/caterer and see what he recommends for that amount of people. If you use different ingredients you may be able to get the price lower, etc. $3000 does seem quite low for 200 people. You don’t have to have all your ducks in a row necessarily; it’s better to work things out as a team.
Also, you may want to consider more stations. I went to a wedding with maybe 150 people and 3 stations, and we pretty much didn’t eat because we stood in line the entire time.
Post # 15
My wedding is 11.50 per plate and the food is really good. Everybody in my area goes through them. It’s possible where I’m from, but I don’t live in a city. Food trucks are a good alternative but they are very trendy so they may be upping their prices as people start booking them more