(Closed) Aussie bees: cost of reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much is/was your reception
    Below $1000 : (0 votes)
    $1000-$5000 : (3 votes)
    10 %
    $5000-$10,000 : (12 votes)
    41 %
    $10,000-$15,000 : (6 votes)
    21 %
    $15,000-$20,000 : (3 votes)
    10 %
    $20,000-$25,000 : (2 votes)
    7 %
    $25,000 + : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Commenting so I can follow this post.. I live in Aus too and would be very interested to know what people have paid for reception venues!

    Post # 5
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    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @Miss_E_xx:  I can’t use the vote buttons because my computer is playing up.

    We are having 60 adults and are being charged a minimum flat fee of $115 pp and $45 for children 11 and under.  We have 17 children!!  This is a package deal that includes meals, drinks, DJ, and cake.  We are also paying extra for some additional food options as well as a larger cake. And now I am thinking of increasing the drinks to a premium grade package. So that will be more money.  In the end I think I will come very close to your pp cost but ours will include the extras as mentioned.

    The venue is a ‘function’ specific place that specialises in weddings.  They have it down to the last dot on an i, so I feel very confident that it will be professionally handled.  This was the best deal I could get when we booked last year.  Prices go up each year so the earlier you can lock it in the better. The location is not great, but I figure once you are inside the outside really does not matter, so no harbour views, river views, mountain views.  It is in the middle of an ordinary western Sydney shopping centre with ample off street parking.  Very safe location but certainly not picturesque.  Close to Parramatta if you know Sydney.  But inside it is absolutely beautiful.

    In the scheme of things, I think I got myself a bargain, because some of the other venues we looked at were well over the $130 pp (which is what you are paying).  The closer to Sydney CBD you get the more expensive the venues are. Add views and the price goes up further.

    Here in Canberra, one venue (nothing special really) was charging $5,000 just to hire the space then it was the ++ for food, drink, DJ etc.

    So to answer your question. The location of the venue and the quality of the food/drink will greatly affect the overall price.

     

    Post # 6
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    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    If I’m just calculating my reception costs only, I paid $13000 for reception hire, chair covers, crystal candlelabra centrepieces, 6 course dinner and beverages for 105 adults. I also spent another $500 buying spirits.

    I got a fantastic price for my reception because it was so close to xmas. Without discount, it would’ve cost be $160pp. 

    From my research (based solely on Melbourne), the average price per person is $130.

    Post # 7
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Average price in Perth for a sit down food and beverage package is between $110 to $180 depending on where you go, where I worked last year you wouldn’t have gotten a wedding under $20 000 for 100 people but that was a private club 🙂

    Post # 8
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    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Hi fellow Aussies! We are paying $180/head for approx 120 guests, so approx $22000 – in Sydney at the zoo function centre… the price includes canapes, 3 course meal, beverages and other BS things like lectern, mike, and a DJ.

    Post # 9
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    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would say that the average is between $100 – $160 – depending on what you are going for.

    I know someone who is having sydney harbour views & that is be $150pp.  A winery in SA would be the same. A friend had her wedding at the Ivy in Sydney & that was $200pp.

     

    Post # 10
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    2324 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @sydneygal444:  ohhh the zoo!! that would be amazing!!

    Post # 11
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    737 posts
    Busy bee

    @sydneygal444:  Great location.  I went to a conference dinner there a couple of years ago and they did a great job.  Sad part was it was in the middle of winter and by the time we got there it was all dark.  But the views of Sydney harbour at night were stunning from the terrace.  Lucky girl.

    Not long for you now, and early March should be perfect.  Good Luck.

    Post # 12
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    1218 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I chose Belle of the Bay in Williamstown, VIC (formerly known as Occasions) and the cost will be $5680 for a cocktail reception for 80 people. On top of that they are providing a lolly buffet to be used as dessert and/or wedding favours and a cupcake tower as the cake, which will be another $900 or so.

    Cocktail weddings are much cheaper than sit down dinners (that’s why we chose one!) but if I could afford it, I definitely would have gone for a sit down dinner. Those seemed to be around $100 to $150 per head at the venues I visited.

    Post # 13
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    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @Aussiemum:  

    @Nic01:  

    Thank you bees! It’s nice to hear from someone who has been there too! We are zoo-animal obsessed so it was pretty much a no-brainer for us!… Sydney has so many amazing options to choose from

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    About $120 per head for food, $86 per head for drinks (non alcoholic $24 & alcoholic $62), 100 guests so approximately $15k. It includes microphone, speakers, data projecter, candles for centerpieces, cake cutting, etc. Also use of grounds for photos 🙂 Still very expensive though!

    ETA: That’s the estimate cost for the reception venue we want, haven”t booked it yet! And I just estimated the costs for 2015 based on the 2012 packages, estimating inflation. So it may not be correct!

    Post # 15
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    533 posts
    Busy bee

    As we are having a small wedding of 50 people, we did a lot of research as most places had huge minimums. 

    We ended up with $105 per head. This includes entree, choice of main (we choose two and the guests get a choice, as well as any dietary requirements are taken care of) and dessert. Also includes standard wine, beer and soft drink. We can BYO spirits if we wish. 

    Think it’ll be close to 6k when we are done. Pay to use their garden for the ceremony, day of co-ordinatior that’ll work with our MC.

    Post # 16
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    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    we’re using what can be best described as a ‘superclub’ (a fine dining restaurant, two bars and several function spaces) and the minimum spend is 10k.

    Our wedding will work out to around 14k – 80 pax @ 125pp for 3 courses, plus an hour of canapes and we’re putting around 4k on the bar and will go from there. Our reception space is licensed until midnight, but we have the option to go downstairs to one of the bars if people want to party!

    Our wedding is definitely one of the more expensive venues I looked at, but it has sentimental value and they do a LOT of weddings so I’m confident our wedding day will run smoothly.

    I’m in Brisbane By The Way.

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