(Closed) How much are you paying per person for full-service catering?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much (per person) are you paying for full-service catering not associated with your venue?
    $20-30 : (17 votes)
    21 %
    $31-40 : (8 votes)
    10 %
    $41-50 : (8 votes)
    10 %
    $51 - 60 : (10 votes)
    12 %
    $61 or more : (39 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I think the region plays a big factor into the cost per person for catering…as well as Friday vs. Saturday and time of the day, and time of year too…GOOD LUCK!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Our caterer quoted us $3150 for 100 adults and 12 kids. That included apps, buffet dinner, coffee/tea/soda, disposable plates/flatware, service (including food, alcohol, and cake), gratuity). I think the final total was $2650 for 77 adults and 14 kids. We purchased alcohol ($400) and cake ($400) separately. Linens and tables were provided.

    If you count kids as half that’s $30-$32 / person plus alcohol and cake.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Ours was on the expensive side (food important to my parents).  They did the napkins (linen), china, appetizers, buffet, cake cutting, and cake plates and champagne flutes. 

    It all came out to about $6,000 for 180 guests. 

    Our beverages (soda, beer, wine, champagne) were included with our venue

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I agree with ranunculuslove that region will make a big difference. Also some have minimums so if you have less than the minimum you’ll be paying more per person than if you had more than the minimum.

    Some people will say their quote includes china, flatware and linens, but others will only be for food. Some include bars and others don’t – so you’ll find a really broad range of quotes.

    I think your best bet is to pick a number of guests (not exact) and start getting quotes from places near you. Then you can compare them against each other.

    Post # 7
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    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I am alos very interested in this info, because the quotes I have gotten are hard to swallow….. *BUMP*

    Post # 8
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    There are so many factors involved in the price and that is not taking into account the most important of all, which many people don’t realize or care: where you are located in the country determines the ballpark price you pay. Someone in Smalltown, Iowa will automatically pay less for the same food and service that someone else in Largecity, Anywhere will pay. Bottomline: never assume you will be paying the same or similar as anyone else on an international messageboard. Even in the same town, no two caterers charge the same for the same service and food. You can get price quotes for caterers and restaurants (nearly all of which offer catering) in your area, but that is what you are limited to.

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I do understand the prices will be different in different regions. I was just interested to know compared to what I have been finding, which even in my location ( SW Florida) are all over the board. But thanks:)

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ours was 12.95 a plate. That included 1 meat, 2 entrees, 3 salads, vegetables, pickles & cheese, buns, condiments, china, cutlery, fruit tray, meal served to head table and coffee service for the night.

    Post # 11
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    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Saturday night in NYC is 230 pp, eek.

    Post # 12
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    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    OMG. I am so glad I don’t live in NYC.

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We’re doing brunch, and we’ve found that around $20-$30 usually gets us a buffet with a few hot stations.  However, add alcohol (even just champagne!), and that easily tops $35-$45 pp.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Our total was just over $9k.  And that was for 55 adults and 5 kids.  CT prices are OUCH!  On the bright side, though, we had a ton of compliments about it being the best food anyone had ever had a wedding.  And they gave us a ton of leftovers to bring home – didn’t have to cook for the couple of days between the wedding and when we left for the honeymoon!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Originally we were planning on about 90 people showing up. The quote we got was 3700 for a chicken entree, veggie lasgana, salad, rolls, two sides, cake cutting linens, 90 chairs (not chiavari lol), 3 outdoor tables, burlap table overlays, china service, cake cutting, complimentary fruit and cheese display, complimentary champagne toast, free vendor meals, free iced tea, lemonade, and coffee, two bartenders, and a 2 dollar corkage fee pp. 

    That made it 46.99 pp with tax, service, and gratuity. So not bad at all. In my area you can pay about that much for apps and cheap plates. Another caterer wanted to charge 4100 for 80 guests. That included heavy apps, linens, and disposable plates. Nothing else!

    Now we’re probably paying closer to 2500 for fifty guests. Same stuff included.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    By The Way, it is totally worth it to look for restaurants that do catering. My caterer is actually through a local pub turned restaurant near a college campus. They have excellent food and a great reputation. I am so glad we’re going with them instead of a traditional caterer. 

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