(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 # 62
    276 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @kateisstoned:  Mine is about $45 per person, for about 70 guests on the beach, but that doesn’t include the bar, cake, or any of the venue charges/gratuity. Adding in those (estimated) charges, probably about 115 per person. The cake is about 525, and the bar is per drink, our site gave us an estimate for how much an average bar bill costs so it could be more our less. Our food is going to be:


    Shrimp cocktail, crab fritters, bruschetta and a fruit and cheese tree


    Main course:

    Island salad

    Prime Rib

    Mahi Mahi meuniere

    Pineapple Chicken

    with roasted red potatoes

    Post # 63
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I believe it was 250 per person for food only, not including alcohol or other drinks.

    Post # 64
    21 posts
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Claire7137:  Yeah, I am Australian too and it is super hard to find cheaper but still nice food/reception places in Sydney.

    Post # 65
    45 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    50 guests at $75 pp, just catering- but includes tax and service charge.
    3 passed apps:
    Mini buttermilk fried chicken and waffle with blueberry sage syrup
    Mac N cheese spoon with smoked duck
    Puff pastry fajita bites with smoked cheddar sauce
    A Charcuterie station with assorted meats and cheese with brulee’d Brie wheels and grilled breads, topped with bacon jam

    Roasted and smoked chicken with italian herb infused chimchurri
    Short Rib stroganoff with crimini mushroom, caramelized onion cream sauce

    Baby kale and arugula salad with grilled peaches, goat cheese, candied walnuts and white balsamic vinagrette

    1 side dish:
    Herb roasted summer squash with rainbow carrots and cannellini beans

    Beverage dispensers filled with infused water, lemon/ mint ice tea and strawberry/ basil lemonade


    Post # 66
    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    About $170/pp including all rentals (tables, chairs, linens, everything else on the table, votives), several waiters and a personal butler for us (!), tax, tip, delivery.


    The Menu:



    Hot apple cider station pre-ceremony, Open bar all evening with top shelf liquor, about 7 wines (we actually got the booze ourselves for cheaper, but I’ve added into my total), Prosecco toast

    Cocktail hour: 5 passed appetizers

    Crab cakes, Risotto cakes, Leek asparagus soup shooters, Steak caprese skewers, Potato cups with creme fraiche, duck prosciutto a bit of caviar,

    Dinner: Buffet

    Corned beef carving station (w/ several trimmings on the side)

    Chicken kiev

    Rockfish spiedini (shishkebabs)

    Smashed potao bar (w/ several toppings including truffled mushrooms)

    Pumpkin ravioli

    2 hot veggies: Cider braised kale and grilled zuchini

    2 salads: Panzanella (bread salad with olives, mozzarella, etc) and Leafy green salad with beets and goat cheese

    Assortment of breads

    Desert: Cake bought separately for $650

    Ice cream bar, S’mores station


    Keep in mind location is everything – for those of us in metropolitan areas like DC/NY/Boston these are typical prices if you want good quality, I’m sure in other parts of the country it may seem ridiculous.

    Post # 67
    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    $155 four 3 hot canapes a person for cocktail hour
    4 course meal, 6 hour open bar, and late night snack table.
    This price also includes taxes and tip, and the venue fee as well.

    Post # 68
    2292 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014


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    @PrincessBride27:  Anyone who lives in New York City, London or Australia is unlucky when it comes to weddings. The fact I lump Perth in with NYC and London is insanely unfair in my mind, but it’s a fact. Boo!


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