(Closed) How much are you paying per person?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I live in Philadelphia, PA and found a venue for $68 pp. that includes cocktail hour and 4 hour open bar buffet reception and desserts and cakes. I was able to talk them down from the initial price by getting rid of some things I didn’t care for.

Good luck!! 🙂 

Post # 4
1212 posts
Bumble bee

I think so much depends on the individual. us the wedding at the Ritz Carlton or the VFW hall? Are you having hamburgers and hot dogs or filet and lobster? is the venue all-inclusive or you do have to get everything separately. Only you know what you can afford.

Post # 6
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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juliaGG:  I’m in the stl area too and we are looking at having our wedding where catering stl caters. They have packages where food and open bar ends up being around $62 a person. As for the venue, it seems that places around town rented from $1500 and up. Hope that helps?

Post # 7
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

We’re not really paying “per person”…. so I don’t have an exact value but if you’re only counting room rental – food – and bar…. I’d guess $50 per person. Venue rental is $1,000, dinner is $25/pp, and I don’t know what the “bar” is because we are buying/supplying our own alcohol and it hasn’t been purchased yet – but I’m guessing it’ll be under $1,000.  Our venue fits 100 people. We’ll probably have 95. 

Post # 9
4038 posts
Honey bee

My daughters – both booked 5 star, historic hotels, and had black-tie weddings. The one in DE had no sales tax and was about $50 p.p. less on a Sunday night than Saturday – $175 per adult package rate (5 hour bar- their max.). Central PA venue (6% sales tax), no discount for Sunday night, menu was a la carte, 4 hours bar (their max.) – $233 per adult (includes a $4500 facility rental fee/95 guests).  

Both include the cake, table linens, all china and glassware, etc. PA also sales charges tax on the gratuity charged (BLEH!).



Post # 10
2394 posts
Buzzing bee

About $50 PP including alcohol (30 PP for food, 20 PP alcohol, room rental included in the cost of food).

Post # 11
1904 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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juliaGG:  If I take the cost of the full reception and break this down by our 150 person guest list (however, we are working on possibly only 100 guest) the cost per person will be $46 to 56 depending on which caterer we go with. We haven’t chosen which caterer’s proposal to go with.

Post # 13
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m getting married in CT and it’ll depend on how the entree because we upgraded our beef option but we’re paying $113 for the fish and veggie option and $124 for the beef option.  We don’t have a site fee so this includes the site, food, beverage, and cake (which we also upgraded).  It doesn’t include the rentals which are about $3K for 100 people so that would add an extra $30 per person if we were to include it in the price per person.  It also doesn’t include the 20% service fee and 6% tax.

Post # 14
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

$75 per person. That includes:


Beer, wine & champagne bar plus 2 signature cocktails.



Photographer (Reception Only)

Room Rental, basic centerpieces & 4 uplights, inclusive of all tax & service fee’s with a 150 guest min.

We got an awesome deal & our venue is gorgeous! 

Post # 15
6518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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juliaGG:  i wish i paid $100pp!!!! I am in Brooklyn, NY and we paid $160pp this price includes tax ajd gratuity.

there was no rental fee, or site fee. We had a full open bar, top shelf liquor, 5 hour event (1 hr cocktail, 4 hour reception), wedding cake was included in this as well. White glove service, valet parking. I also loved that they only do one event at a time. So their focus is all on you. I was also provided with a Maitre D and Bridal Attendant. 

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