(Closed) Average cost per person for reception?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
3617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our food package is a sit down dinner, 3 tray passed hor d’ourves during cocktail hour, and open bar for 5 hours this comes out to be $90 pp. This does not include any of the other rental fees for the reception.

Post # 4
1655 posts
Bumble bee

It all depends where you live. I live in a small Ohio town and I’m spending (with EVERYTHING, including food, drinks, centerpieces, security, music, and linens) about $42 a person. That is pretty average around my area. But then if you drive an hour to Cleveland, that price more than doubles.

I would just call places adn get quotes from them and decide what your bedget is, what you want to splurge on and stff like that!

Good luck and welcome to the bee!!


Post # 5
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Right outside NYC (venue overlooks the skyline), our reception is $150/person for a Sunday night wedding that includes the ceremony on-site, cocktail hour and four-hour reception (sit-down, three-course meal).

Post # 6
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

$100 per head (include food and 3 drinks only) tax and tip extra.

Post # 7
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

It’s quite hard to work ours out as we’re not having a package deal. Food and drinks during the day is a little over £50pp and £15 at night, but then we also have a £3750 venue fee.

It is a castle with a marquee and amazing gardens, though, and we get to spend our first night in the castle itself (in a four poster-bed).

Post # 8
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Our average cost per person is $67 (Sunday Wedding & Reception at the site 5 hours)-which includes the following:

Venue is in Southern California…it’s an ll inclusive package (Gold Package)

1 Hour Hosted Cocktail Hour Bar

6 passed hor d’ourves during cocktail hour

Flowers (Centerpieces)


Toasting Champagne

Buffet Style (8 salads, 2 main dishes, 1 carving station)

Wedding invitations

Champagne Flutes….

Hopes this answers your Questions…

Post # 9
4160 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mine is about $55/pp.  That includes unlimited non alcoholic beverages, 2 alcoholic beverages each, brunch buffet and the tea hour before the reception.

Post # 10
7338 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@AlmostMrsGiles:First off, welcome to the Bee. Second: date twin!!! YAY!!!! For ours it’s going to be $130/person, this includes 6 course meal, sweet table, midnight seafood, open bar. I’m Portuguese hihi we go all out lol

Post # 11
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The price will depend on what area you live in and exactly what you are getting for that price. A wedding in LA will cost a lot more than one in a small town in rural kansas. It also depends on the type of food and how many courses ect.

Post # 12
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are spending about $83 including tax & service charge per plate in North Jersey. But thats for an afternoon event, ceremony @ 11:30, followed by cocktail hour & 4 hour reception. includes ceremony, top shelf open bar, 3 course meal and viennese (sp?) table. The whole thing ends at 5pm.

Post # 13
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Around $85 including appetizers, 4 hours of open bar (cocktail hour plus open bar after dinner), wine during dinner, four course meal (chicken, prime rib, or vegetarian), and cake. Also includes gratutity and sales tax. However, my venue deducted the open bar cost for all of my guests under 21 (I have a lot of younger cousins) so it would be higher if everyone was an adult.

Post # 14
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If we do it at home and a ton of DIY (including food) I expect it to be no more than $20 per person.

But, we just found a truly amazing and unexpected venue opportunity that is around $45/person with unlimited non-acloholic drink options (we can bring our own alcohol for a minimal serving fee). This includes ceremony/dinner set-up and take down, 5 hours, many food options, weekend, 6pm-11pm, silverware/plates, multiple drink options, decor (almost all included), near panoramic views of the city, instant in-door/out-door options, unlimited downtown parking (which would be $10+ per car) etc. It’s pretty spectacular and just kind of fell in our laps. 

Post # 15
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It absolutely depends on where you are and what’s included and what kind of food you are serving. Flank steak vs prime rib. Low grade liquor vs top grade etc.

Ours was $105pp, NYC, everything included but taxes and service charge, medium grade liquor (southern comfort, jack daniels, etc), 4 stations style, cocktail hour (passed and stations), Prime rib, seafood, wedding cake, etc. Saturday night. It was an AWESOME deal.

Post # 16
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are paying 120 per person. 3orderves passed, sit down plated meal and 4hour premium bar. No rental fees. We are in ga.

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