(Closed) How much are you paying per head for catering?

posted 9 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much are you spending per head on catering?

    Under $10









  • Post # 47
    1767 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Absolutely! We got married at UC Irvine. Btw, that was one of the cheapest options… we were on a tight budget. They have options up into the $40+ range, but we couldn’t afford that. We had chicken at our wedding, and it was delicious!!


    If you want pictures of anything at the venue, let me know and I can PM you 🙂

    Post # 48
    350 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    After seeing so many prices, I really hate living in the Northeast lol 

    We are paying $200 per person for cocktail hour, 4 course meal, open bar, vienesse hour, gratuity, and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember right now…ugh

    Post # 49
    315 posts
    Helper bee

    $8.80/pp incl. tax and delivery.

    Hummus, baba ghanouj, tzatziki






    Spinach pie



    We’ll get our cake and nonalcoholic drinks separately, then alcohol and heavy apps for the rest of the night, too. It’ll probably work out to another $4-6/head.

    Post # 50
    1741 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted $51-60 based on the cost of food only.

    Post # 51
    3054 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Under $10 a head. The caterer was a small business located in the Inland Empire that my husband and I frequented while dating. The food is fresh, healthy and very delicious. The owner gave us an amazing deal while providing food and drink for double the amount of guests attending.

    Post # 53
    3372 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We’re paying $135 per head, which includes:

    Full open bar

    Butler served dinner


    Appetizer –


    Buffalo Mozzerella, fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar




    Sadad –






    2 entree options:


    Filet Mignon with a red demi glaze


    Grilled Chilean Seabass with a lemon mint vinaigrette


    Wedding Cake




    This $115 does not include the food for the cocktail hour – we haven’t narrowed that down yet so it will be added later when our final decisions are made. It also doesn’t include the dessert bar. It’ll probbaly end up around $160-180 per person




    Post # 54
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We are paying about 70 pounds, which is about 106 dollars, per person, for the food. 

    Here’s our menu:

    Buck’s fizz and canape reception after the cememony:

    -Goat’s cheese croquette

    -Roast beef and caramelised onions

    -Smoked Salmon with parsley and caper butter

    -Stilon and walnut on rye


    Wedding Breakfast Menu:

    Starter -Butternut Squash and Thyme Veloute or Pork Belly Turrine with melba toast, calliflower piccadilly

    Main- Chicken supreme with a wine wine and tarragon jus, fondant potato and panache of vegetables or Leg of lamb with mint sauce, roast potatoes and root vegetables

    Dessert- Toffee cheesecake with a chocolate biscuit base or Mille feuille of white and dark chocolate mousse with burnt orange sauce

    Coffee and Wedding Cake: Continental coffee and Dalhousie confection with our wedding cake. 


    Kid’s Menu:

    Starter- Tomato soup or melon with berries

    Main- Pizza and chips, burger and chips, fish fingers or fish cakes and chips, chicken goujons and chips or cheesy pasta

    Dessert- Jelly and ice cream or fruit salad


    Evening Buffet: 

    – Assortment of sandwiches

    – Sausage rolls

    – Chicken drumsticks 

    -Tea and coffee

    – Wedding cake

    Post # 55
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    For our venue, we’re paying $60/pp – normally I would have said this is WAY too much, but the deal maker was that it also includes open bar (there’s a TOOOON of drinks available), included tax & gratuity already, plus we got 2 free upgrades including 3 appetizers/pp.

    Post # 56
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    $265 per person. Includes:

    6 Hours Open Bar (Beer, Wine, Top Shelf Liquor during cocktail hour + 4 hours following dinner, wine table service during seated dinner hour)

    Cocktail Hour:

    Bruscetta with Tomato, pesto, Aged Goat Cheese

    Seared Beef and Gorgonzola Crostini

    Watermelon and Goat Cheese Skewer

    Teriyaki Beef Skewer with Grilled Scallions

    Mini Cheeseburger with Tomato and Pickle

    Brie and Pear Quesadilla

    Plated Dinner:

    App: Dungeness Crab Cake with Lemon Aioli on Crunchy Lettuce

    Salad: Harvest Salad with Butter Lettuce, Orchard Fruit and Candied Pecans

    Entree: Choice of three —

    Roasted Chicken Breast, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Wild Mushrooms, Tomato Confit, Gnocchi

    Grilled Filet Mignon, Yuokn Gold Potato Puree, Parmesan Asparagus, Merlot Sauce

    Crispy Polenta, Portobello Mushrooms, Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Peppers and Yellow Squash

    Champagne Toast

    3 or 4 Tiered Wedding Cake

    Hosted Valet

    We did a tasting and it is all AMAZING!

    Post # 57
    782 posts
    Busy bee

    Ours is 80 per head, but that includes a buffet, beer & wine, the cake, and the venue.  

    Post # 58
    192 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m paying $11 per person. We are having BBQ. We have sausage, chicken, brisket, beans, coleslaw, potato salad, fixings, tea, and lemonade. It also came with all plates, silverware, etc.

    Post # 59
    6 posts
    • Wedding: July 2013

     We are paying  roughly $37  per person for venue,  buffet dinner  with appetizers,   soft drinks/ tea/ coffee, wait staff,  tables,  chairs,  linens,  plates,  silverware,  napkins,  cake cutting,  set up and tear down. 🙂

    Post # 60
    19 posts

    Wow!  I’m so glad we live in a rural community where wedding receptions are not expected to feature “gourmet cuisine”, just good “homestyle cooking”.  Our daughter and her groom requested roast turkey for their sit-down reception dinner in the church gymnasium–turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, carrots, rolls–which his parents paid for at $9 a person.  The caterer was a friend of the groom’s family who puts on community suppers with generous portions and flavorful taste.  Our family paid for all the decorations, linens, favors, etc. and provided extras like butter, salt and pepper, cream and sugar, tea and coffee, punch and ice cream, as well as the wedding cake (three graduated layers iced with buttercream frosting and draped in roses and pearls–made by a friend for $150!) 

    Post # 61
    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We are having a full salad bar, roast beef, pork loin, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and “edible fruit art”. There is NO alcohol at my reception (and there are very personal reasons for this) so it includes lemonade, iced tea, water and coffee

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