(Closed) Chinese banquet , reception prices

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My Fiance and parents only looked around maybe 3 places and in general the prices are per table (10/table).  I prices range from 300-600+ depending on what dishes you plan to serve.  These prices are for some LA county restaurants (Monterey Park, Rosemead, etc).  Usually included is the mic and speaker system, a dance floor area, and the plates/glasses/flatware.  I booked my venue a while back, so let me know if you need more details and I can dig it up!

My mom also checked out a few restaurants in OC, but they were too small for the # ppl we are planning to have.  However, we aren’t from the OC so maybe we didn’t go to the right places!

Post # 4
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261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

How many people are you planning to have?  Some restaurants make you pay for dance floor and corkage and cake cutting but if you have a lot of tables they will probably waive most fees.  I think i have the menus and prices for most of the popular restaurants in SoCal.  I have seen everything from $300-$1k per table. 

Post # 6
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261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi.  You may want to check some wedding sites like The Knot or Wedding Channel to get a general idea of how much things cost in LA so you have some realistic expectations for your budget.  I think $10-$15 is probably close to impossible in LA for a chinese banquet because there are dishes that you do not want to leave out like shark’s fin soup.  Trust me, if your relatives are pretty "asian", they will think you are cheap if you don’t have sharks fin soup and lobster.  However, if you really don’t care about other’s opinion, then just order regular food for the banquet to get it down to $10-$15. 

If you have a nice backyard, you may consider having it in your backyard and having a chinese banquet catered there.  Here is a link I kept of a vendor that caters chinese banquets.  I have no information to provide about them regarding their food or service though.  Their lowest wedding banquet is $20/person which does not include sharks fin or lobster.  However if you can do it in your backyard, you will have to figure in the cost of renting tables and chairs and linen and decorations.  Therefore you may just want to go to a chinese restaurant to begin with.  I’d have to go back and look but I think one of the cheapest chinese banquet places is NBC Seafood on Atlantic Blvd.  I think the lowest banquet is $378/table (don’t quote me since this is from memory!).  Which would be about $470/table after 8.25% taxes and 15% tip.  Yes, most restaurants charge you tip on tax!!!  Oh, if you are on a tight budget, make sure you remember to think of everything after tip and tax because it adds up fast!!! 

http://www.gracecatering.com/index.html

Hope you find something that works for you!!!  Let me know if you need any other info!  I’ve done a lot of research for my May wedding already so I’m more than willing to share the info.  🙂 

Post # 7
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Hi, just a tip…with Chinese banquets, you can always negotiate the prices of things.  We got the cake cutting fee ($1.50/person) waived by taking  off the 10th course (red bean soup) from the menu. We figured people are pretty stuffed by the end of the 9th course and red bean soup AND cake may be a little too much food.  We also got them to calculate the tip off the price before tax and substitute some more expensive courses for less expensive courses to cut down the cost.  While its not $10-15/person…which is impossible for a Chinese banquet…it did help cut down our per person total.  HTH!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I did a lot of research for restaurants in the OC.  Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find a place that charge $10-15 per person.  The places that we’ve checked out has price ranging from $300-600 per table of 10 before Tax and service fee.  The champaign and sodas are included. If you have a lunch or sunday event, you can work in a deal with them, but you probably won’t get it down to your cost.  The best bet is hosting the reception somewhere inexpensive (like at home) and ordering the typical chinese food from the restaurant.  I’ve seen people do that, saved a ton of money and had an incredible party!  Good luck and I have recommendations for the OC restaurant if you’re interested.

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