(Closed) How much?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

This seems crazy expensive to me. Most caterers in our area charge $18-35 per person. Plated is usually more because they need extra staff but the cost per person is the same.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

There isn’t really a “right” answer. It’s a regional thing. In some areas, $95pp is ridiculous, but in some it’s average or even low. It just depends. 

I don’t know how much I’ll be spending yet, but it’ll for sure be less than that. Average prices in my area are a lot lower, and I’m not doing dinner. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are having light refreshments, cake, coffee and punch after our evening wedding. About $18/per. And it is being held in a rather posh conference center and yes, it’s being catered!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Since I am also in Ontario I will share my reception costs. I hope this helps. 

We are getting married at a yacht club setting, and paying $65 per plate for a plated 4 course meal and $45 per person for unlimited open bar that has everything. This place has a great reputation for weddings. Its pricing is about standard in most mid range venues in Toronto. My friend is paying $85 per plate at a pricier place in the same city for a 4 course plated meal, so I think yours are a bit high.

Feel free to PM me as my friend and I looked at a lot of venues. We have a giant binder!

ETA i also have info on some caterers I use for formal dinners I plan for a club I belong to. The food is amazing and about 65$ per person

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

Depends on where you live, but it seems like you should hopefully be able to find food for less per plate.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Mine is 5 course and $108/pp. Another venue that was smaller (but equally as nice) was $53. It really depends on where you go! 

For open bar we’re paying $60/pp.

ETA: I just realized you’re in ON. Like another poster said, I toured tons of venues, and have most of their menu/cost pdf’s saved in my email. I easily toured like 40 places.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine is going to be $22.00 per plate. But I agree with PP that its really just were you live and were you go.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

With a lot of help from family and friends (my dad cooked some, a family friend cooked some etc) and no alcohol since 98% of our guests don’t drink, we probably spent around $5 a person for a full meal, bufett style, two meats, several side dishes. I know this isn’t the norm though!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Hollllly cow!  We’re spending $22 per person for a really yummy buffet and desserts (cupcakes and cobblers). That doesn’t include any booze – we will bring beer and wine in separately.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

93 pp here for 4 course main entree surf and turf

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