(Closed) Catering prices per plate…?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

There isnt really a typical price, but that seems expensive. I found any venues that required their own catering were way overpriced. I would continue looking, at least so you can prepare.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m assuming that’s for dinner? Ours was $65 per plate for a luncheon reception. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2017

That is very typical in the area that I live.  Can I ask where you’re from?  I’m in the NJ/NY/PA area and most of the venues I looked at required a caterer off of their preferred vendors list and were around the price you are spending. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We’re paying $70 per person for an umnlimited buffet.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

That is a good price in Boston.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

following!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

It’s difficult, if not possible, to compare. All inclusive, my daughters’ weddings were over double the rate you were quoted. (Northeast U.S.)

I.e. for daughter #1 it included such things as linens, 5 hours of top-shelf open bar, 4 plated courses, a dessert bar, the cake, fruit tower/cold buffet and passed hors d’ouevres during the cocktail hour, ceremony room, valet parking, and gratuity/tax. (5 star hotel)

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Are you paying  a fee to the venue? The price per plate could also include staff, furniture, lease, loss, utilities and other expenses the venue will incur. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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becky3212 :  that sounds about right then. I was also shocked at how much basically EVERYTHING for a wedding costs lol.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper

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becky3212 :  Tour comparable venues in a big city and you’ll probably start to think of it as a bargain. Of course, the only thing that is relevant is whether or not it’s affordable to you. There are always ways of spending less on a wedding than at the typical catering places. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Remember you also have to calculate the ++ meaning taxes and tip. The ++ added another 20% to our $68 per plate at a restaurant. (Now they charge $75pp)

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

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becky3212 :  If you are no longer paying for venue rental, that sounds like the lower end of average price per person (in my area at least).

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