(Closed) How much are you paying per plate?

posted 8 years ago in New Jersey – South Jersey
Post # 3
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i think it mostley depends on the area. We’re paying $55 per person with one menu option (chicken) sit down style with open bar for 5 or 6 hours and some other things included. it’s a beautiful venue and i’m located in the metro detroit area. things aren’t crazy expensive here but it’s not cheap either. so it really depends!

Post # 5
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you will have a difficult time finding that.  Your best bet will be to find a place that allows you to bring in your own alcohol, or just have a restaurant reception at a restaurant that will allow that many people.

Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re paying $17 per person…which I thought was expensive but apparently its totally not! It doesn’t include open bar though. I’m not much of a help sorry!

Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We found a place in the South Bay (Los Angeles) for about $65.00 a plate and the package includes cake, chair covers, and the cocktail hour, which was a great deal – the venue is beautiful. All the other places we looked at were about $80 – $120 for a package. The bar is a separate fee, but the prices are very reasonable. My recommendation – shop around and ask vendors if they can throw something in to the package (maybe the corkage fee on your champagne toast?) for free or at a discounted rate.

Post # 9
1251 posts
Bumble bee

Our whole wedding budget averages out to about $133 per person. But only $20 of that is catering. We found an awesome caterer who does the exact kind of food we are looking for, that starts at $7 per person.

I am a bargain hunter.

Post # 10
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ours is $22/person (this is through a catering company so our recpetion site is seperate – $1750).  This includes an appetizer, meal (w’/ 3 choices), 2 sides, and a desert.  We are paying for $1000 to do a semi-open bar, and spending about $1000 on cocktail hour apps. SOOOOO if you add all that up its about $47/person.

Post # 11
1897 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Goodluck in NJ!   That sounds difficult…I know how expensive things are there.


Post # 12
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used to live in Hackettstown! I lived there for a year…NJ is very expensive. Mine came out to $90 per person including open bar and they came down for us about twenty bucks a head!

Post # 13
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re only paying 15 per person! But we’re using a separate catering company not our venue’s. A couple of my friends have used this caterer too and his food is DELISH so i know its not cheap because its gross. Also, i live in a small town in Louisiana so its definately alot cheaper than up north.

Post # 14
12 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m not sure of exactly where you’re trying to have it but there are a few places around Atlantic City. 

My sister is getting married in Avalon @ Abbie Holmes Estate for $45 a head but they’re providing their own alcohol. 

There’s also the Station House in Tuckahoe that I think is about $55 a head and they arrange the alcohol but technically you provide it…kinda weird but I know a few people that got married there & the coordinator says it comes out to about $11 a head for liquor.

My  boyfriend’s sister is getting married at Mays Landing CC for $65 a head w/alcohol included but there’s a minimum of 60 people & she’s doing a Sunday.

I also heard of a friend of a friend that got married at Tomasello Winery last October.  They provide everything, I think she had 100 people and the whole wedding cost $5000…

Those are the cheapest I’ve been so far…hope it helps 🙂

Post # 15
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re on the shore so I think it’s a little more expensive. It’s going to be about $150 per person, but that includes cocktail hour, the cake, all of the displays, etc. It’s definitely the largest chunk of our budget.

Post # 16
1 posts

@MrsJKH2be:Where in MA?  We’re planning a MA wedding from out of state (bride in TX, parents/GP in 4 different states).  Traveling to MA this month for 3 days to plan the wedding.  Trying to hold cost @$50 pp.  Any help/advice would be appreciated!

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