(Closed) Cost of catering? Anyone else shocked by this?

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much are you spending on catering?
    $500 or less : (3 votes)
    2 %
    $500-$1000 : (8 votes)
    6 %
    $1000-$2000 : (16 votes)
    11 %
    $2000+ : (114 votes)
    81 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    That is a very good price. I mean that’s like 7 dollars a head! I doubt you’ll get much better than that!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

    That is really, really cheap.  We looked into catering a picnic BBQ rehearsal dinner type thing (so similar to your wedding’s aesthetic) and it would have been around $800 for 50 people…. so I think you’re getting a smokin’ deal. 

    Post # 6
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    1715 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    That price is really really good. I cant believe the markeup is atleast 4 times what you would pay at a restaurant plus hall rental etc.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We had to up our wedding budget because of how much reception venues cost (catering included)… And I live in a small town in western NY! I can’t imagine how much they would be in cities 🙂  That is a VERY reasonable catering quote!

    Post # 8
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    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    we are spending 13$ per person for a mexican style buffet!

    Post # 9
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    902 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Prices Ive gotten from the 3 caters I called locally to me in Louisiana started at $11 per person and depends on what you wanted.  So with 100 guest that’s an easy $1,100 not including drinks and rental of the kitchen where I am having my wedding at.

    Which is why I decided to the food myself.  I am doing finger/buffer style so majority of it I can do Friday afternoon after we setup the hall and the things that will spoil or turn colors (veggies/fruits etc) I am getting made and picking up day of wedding since I am having an evening wedding.

    I am doing a low budget wedding as well and although its the one thing I really didnt want to do (the food) myself I figured I could use that extra money towards something else.

    So the price you have is very nice, because I’ll be spending that on food doing it myself! haha

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    To put this in perspective for you:

    That is cheaper than taking your guests to KFC for your reception.

    Food costs a LOT when you are feeding dozens and dozens of people!

    I think we spend avout $2500-3000 on our 69-person wedding, but that included appitizers for the cocktail hour and a large spread of food.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think that price is great!

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Mine’s gonna be pretty cheap, still thinking under $1000, but that’s because we are only going to have 30 guests and my fiance reallllly wants to have bbq and that isn’t the most expensive.  But I agree… I looked around and WOW it can get expensive really fast. 

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @missashley884:  I love that idea! Sounds so fun 🙂

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    That’s an amazing price!!!  I’m not trying to blow it up with my catering but I’m also not trying to be super budget savvy… we’re spending $51.85 per person just for the food/rentals/staff. 

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    For $7.50 per person that is really cheap even if you’re in the middle of Iowa.  I mean that’s slightly more than going to McDonald’s but you’re not getting McDonald’s food.  What were you expecting, just curious?

     

    I picked a venue in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that was $45 per person.  That was a deal for that area, but it was casual Western BBQ style food.  Other packages went up to $125 pp but included a champange toast, 4 hours open bar, wedding cake, plus 3 course meal for each person.   That was actually a deal too for that area since it was much fancier.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Jenlon:  thanks! Fiance and i are both mexican so we wanted something that was more fun than just the standard run of the mill catering hall food! street tacos, beans, rice, and a nacho bar!

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