(Closed) Go to Restaurant or Hire Personal Chef: 1 Year Wedding Anniversary:

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
1839 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i have no experience w/personal chefs, but i’m pretty sure going to a restaurant would be more affordable.


Post # 4
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d rather go to The Melting Pot over having a stranger in my kitchen any day- that would drive me bonkers & I’d feel like I should be helping them lol.

That said, I’m not positive but pretty sure it would be cheaper as well. Since with the chef you’re paying for thier time, travel, plus the actual food.

Post # 5
3142 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

You can have a meal at the melting pot for about $100. A chef will certainly be more than that. 

Post # 6
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve never tried to hire a personal chef but I think going out would be cheaper if you are considering the Melting Pot. 

Have you thought about doing a cooking lesson? You get to learn to prepare a meal and eat it. Just wanted to throw out another option if you want to do something different.

Post # 7
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

i’d say a restaurant and I think The Melting Pot’s 4 course feast is about $50/person.  Also, you may want to check Groupon, Living social, dealfind, etc as you may be able to find a good deal there at a ‘fancier’ restaurant.


Have fun!

Post # 8
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve never hired a private chef, but from some quick google searching you can expect to pay between $40-$85 an hour PLUS the cost of food for a private chef. Melting pot would probably be cheaper.

What about cooking a fancy meal at home together? Splurge for a really good cut of meat and some nice wine. 


Post # 9
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Going out and getting dressed up for the event is more romantic and you can be sure it will be a night to remember! Staying home, even with a personal chef, isn’t much of a big deal…

Post # 10
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

How much have you budgeted for dinner?  

If you want to cut costs,  you could get a friend who can cook to make you something and turn your dining room into a romantic setting – but, for the time/effort/energy/clean-up/setup – I’d opt to go out.


Post # 11
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

A picnic may be even cheaper and more intimate.  You could order things from a nice Deli and go to a beautyspot/park close by.

Post # 13
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Okay, so we’ve done the personal chef thing, and it is NOT cheap. We do it every year for DH’s birthday, and honestly, it’s a big splurge, but it’s worth it!!! It’s about $500 plus a tip for the night. When I was researching chefs, I did find cheaper ones, but there was something about him that stuck out to me, so I just went on gut instinct. We don’t eat out much or really go out much, so this is like our entertainment budget for the year in one night, LOL! Our chef is phenomenal and we ended up hiring him to cater our wedding, that’s how much we love him and his food. He also has his own tv show now (going into their third season I believe, woohoo!), we’re so happy for him!

We did a picnic for our first anniversary and it was wonderful 🙂  We’ve also done a Groupon for a chocolate making class as a date night and that was loads of fun! I think anything that gets you out of the box is always a great thing!

Post # 14
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Definitely think restaurant is more affordable, but personal chef is more special for your 1 year!

Post # 15
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@asilver615:  A radio DJ in my town did that for his wife on valentine’s day I think and he said on the show that it was one of the best decisions he ever made for a gift BUT he focused mainly on the irritations of going out on valentine’s day and not the price so I’m not sure which would be more affordable. 

Post # 16
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I definitely think going out to a fancy restaurant is a cheaper option and personally that is what my Darling Husband and I would prefer. We will most likely go out to a fancy place to eat cuz we’re taking a trip to Salem MA for our 1 year anniversary.

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