Budget Brides: How much per person is your catering?

posted 12 months ago in Food
Post # 2
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Helper bee

So our max bduget is $35 a person.  This will include tables, tablecloths, hors d’oeuvres, staff, and food.  Granted, we are having a brunch wedding so that makes it cheaper but my venue has the all-inclusive packages listed at ~$35-40 for dinners (plated and buffets) plus a 20% service charge. I’m in the Midwest, about 6 h west of chicago.  But we are not having it at some dedicated wedding venue.  In fact, we are having it at a chapel and memorial union of a university.  The costs for catering are just so cheap there, it was a major factor in our decision.  For those prices, I’m happy to have gold and black carpets in the reception room.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

chyangra :  We’re looking at $52 per person for a brunch buffet. And it’s Canadian, so even less $$$ 

Everywhere we looked for dinner it was more in the $100 per plate range. The best way we found to reduce cost was to go for a brunch/lunch option. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

chyangra :  New York area and was $185 pp for site, food, and drink. Plus of course 20% service fees and tips 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

chyangra :  our catering was $65/pp for a Sunday lunch wedding served buffet style. It would have been $99/pp for a Saturday night. These prices include a 3 hour partial open bar, 2 appetizers, 1 salad option, 3 meat entrees, 4 sides and wedding cake. But there was also an 18% gratuity to add to the cost. This was for St Petersburg, FL area. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Ours was about $35/PP. we has about 120 people. That’s including a buffet, set up and take down, napkins, table clothes, water glasses/plates/silverware, and gratuity. For food we had 2 main dishes, 2 salads and an additional side item as well. That wasn’t including drinks (we had open bar not through our caterer) or dessert. 

Ours was also dinner. Not brunch. I’m in the Midwest (about 2 hrs north of Chicago) 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Well, I’m not in the Chicago area, but I’m just north of you in GR MI and it’s pretty pricey over here as well, but I am searching hard and finding places that will do a lot less than what you are quoting. Is your quote for drinks and dinner/apps, or just for dinner? 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Mine is 12 pp but the venue provides plates and glasses.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

$20pp and includes everything you are asking about, I’m in southern AZ. But I also give my venue a lot of credit. This is what they charge for any event. When looking, I would compare the prices of a wedding to the prices of other things like corporate events or family reunion and the price jump with no real justification rubbed me the wrong way. There were even places with “cake cutting fees” at like $15pp. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Ours is £65 ($84) per person, but that includes 3 course sit down, canapés, evening buffet, 2 glasses of prosecco and 2 glasses of wine each so I don’t think that’s too bad at all!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

In St. Louis for just food ours is about $20/pp for a buffet. The venue provides linens, and the caterers provide napkins and the set up/takedown. We are having 300 people 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - A historic Art Deco and French Renaissance Theatre

Are you looking to serve alcohol too? If so don’t forget to factor in that cost as well as if there is a cake cutting fee per person. As well as if there is a service tax on top of regular tax. All that can def make a big difference! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - A historic Art Deco and French Renaissance Theatre

chyangra :  Thats great they allow you to provide your own alcohol! We settled on a venue like that as well :)Def helps out with the cost big time! One thing to watch for here though is whether there is a bar charge per person. Unfortunately our venue does have this but the food cost was low enough that the bar per person cost did’nt have a huge effect on us. Hence why we settled on them. But just another thing to watch for as all venues/caterers don’t out rightly tell you this info.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We specifically looked for a venue that allowed us to bring in our own food and drinks and didn’t charge any sort of cutting fee. Ours was about $53pp (Cad $) for food and set up. That included 4 appies, salmon, veggie cake, corn, roasted potatoes, bbq veggie skewers, 4 salads, and desert squares. We asked a few talented friends to make some other cakes/deserts to add to our buffet  

We’re in the Vancouver area and we were getting quotes for easily twice that much. We bought our own liquor (wine/beer/cider) and returned over half of it after the wedding. 

 

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