Post # 1
hey Bees! Tonight my fiancé and I along with our moms went and toured a venue and we all fell in love with it! We decided to book our date in the coming days. The one SLIGHT downside is that we are required to use their catering. I’m just curious on what the typical price per plate is. They have three options ranging from $74 per plate to $94 per plate. We are going to go with the middle of $84 per plate which seems like a lot, but this is my first rodeo. Haha. We are definitely willing to pay more for the venue, I’m just curious!
Post # 2
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
I’m assuming that’s for dinner? Ours was $65 per plate for a luncheon reception.
Post # 4
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
We’re paying $70 per person for an umnlimited buffet.
Post # 6
That is a good price in Boston.
Post # 8
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 # 9
Yes it is for hors d’oeuvres, salad and plated meals with two sides.
I’m from PA, Lancaster/Harrisburg area!
Compared to other places I’ve looked into, it seems comparable but I was just shocked at prices. But like I said, I’m new to all of this! Most venues I’ve looked into require a specific caterer or will charge you more for outside ones. Alcohol is not included but the bartenders are. Linens are also included.
Post # 10
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
that sounds about right then. I was also shocked at how much basically EVERYTHING for a wedding costs lol.
Post # 12
No, it’s just food cost. The price of the venue itself is separate.
I know right?! I’m just glad it’s in 2018 so we have time to prepare. Hahah.
Post # 13
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
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
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).