(Closed) Food cost per person

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

It’s sometimes hard to compare prices because what they include can vary dramatically:  some quotes may include venue with in-house catering as well as servers, tables, linens, chairs, bar, china, silverware, and glassware, whereas others may just include food but not the venue, severs, bar, china, etc.  

Having said that, my PP catering cost for food was $23; there was a separate charge for servers.  That is just the cost for catering the food and did NOT include venue, china, bar, etc.   We paid my venue a separate (hefty) fee which included tables, linens, chairs, china, etc.  And then we also paid my venue a separate (also hefty) fee for the bar.   All told, if I were to combine how much we paid both my venue (including the bar costs) and the caterer, it woulld have come to approximately $140 PP.

ETA:  when I was getting catering quotes, the servers actually tended to cost more than the actual food.  This would not have been true if I had wanted a buffet, but I didn’t — we went with family style, and the cost for servers for family style was almost as high as the cost for servers for plated.

Post # 3
2156 posts
Buzzing bee

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vanerdly :  completley and totally relative to location. I’m getting married in the Hudson Valley (about 2 hours from NYC), and our cost is $165/person, including a full open bar. that’s very average for the northeast.

Post # 4
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

As someone in Vegas and searched pretty much every venue, it really depends what you are looking for. There are 3 types here. 1. Fremont chapels 2. Casinos 3. Off Strip. 

What are you looking for?

Post # 5
568 posts
Busy bee

Our cost was about $92/pp for food and alcohol combined (medium sized city in TN). We originally looked into Vegas venues though, and we found some for less than $75/pp. Have you tried looking at some of the casinos or nearby restaurants? I recall Joe’s being very reasonable!

Post # 6
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m currently looking for venues in New Jersey, where the prices per person range from “Hmmm, that seems like bit much” to “HOLY CRAP, HOW MUCH DID YOU JUST SAY?!” 

It’s a little stressful, actually. tongue-out

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin here. Our CPP is around $90/pp but that includes the venue (room rental fee, linens, tables, chairs, place settings, parking valets and the use of two shuttles), passed and tabled hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour, dinner, alcohol (1.5 hours open bar, 2 wine pours at dinner and then beer, wine soda all night), late night pizzas and cupcakes with cutting cake. All of this includes the mandatory 20% service fee.

Not too bad, but man, weddings are expensive!!

Post # 8
14 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

We are spending £17.45 (around $23.10) per head on food- includes servers, linens, all plates and silverware, set up and clean up. We went for an external caterer so this doesn’t include the venue, tables, chairs etc or the bar costs.

Post # 9
1730 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

 Ours was about $100 for just the food. That included appetizers during cocktail hour (passed and station) and a four course meal with three entree options. With everything else added in (alcohol, linens, chairs, etc.) we spent about $260/guest. We got married in downtown Boston.

Post # 10
6296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Prices vary SO much depending on what you want and where you live.

Our catering costs were totally seperate from venue as we picked a venue that allowed us to bring in all our own vendors. I think we paid $55/pp for a menu heavy in prime rib and seafood with a large coktail hour selection as well. That being said, we got a bit of a deal because a) I’m a fellow wedding vendor, and b) we also hosted our rehearsal dinner with them. That price was just food and labor and did not include alcohol, mixers, etc.

Post # 11
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

£20 ($26.52) for day guests and £5 ($6.63) for evening guests

Post # 12
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

115 pp NOT includng alcohol OR cocktails.

(Cocktails were $100 for sangria for every 25 people; cocktails were 1$pp, but we also purchased a tray for $100 on top of floating food.)

It all depends on what’s included. I paid an extra $5 pp so they could have the option of choosing their meal, but I also “saved” $5 pp because I took the dessert course out as I wanted to serve cake it its place. But I also upgraded another $3 pp so I could have an extra course (cold soup… I love cold soup, lol).

Post # 13
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I think the average seated wedding dinner costs about $100 PP in the Baltimore area. We’re doing a buffet-style BBQ for only $20-25 PP. I think the type of food matters just as much as the location in determining food costs.

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