(Closed) how much did you pay for catering?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 27
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are paying $4000 which includes (based on 40 guests)

-sit down dinner with a choice of red meat or chicken, veggies, salad and dessert.

-ALL tables, chairs, linens, flatware, glassware.

-set up, clean up.

-a bartender for 3.5 hours.

Post # 28
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hm….I thin ours will come out to about $4000 for 130 guests, including beverages. (wine and beer, we’re supplying)

Post # 29
1867 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Mine is a pasta buffet (different kinds of pasta/sauce/meats).  It’s about $2000 for 72 people.  I’m getting married in a rural area too.  It’s known to have a lot of weddings there, but it’s a really small town. 

Post # 30
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

My catering bill is about $2800, not inc. taxes or server fee, for 78 guests at a Sat night reception in SoCal.  This includes passed hors d’oeurves, cheese/fruit station, first course served salad, four main course entree selections with two sides (buffet style), beverage station (lemonade/iced tea/water), coffee bar and dessert bar.  The wedding cake with an outside bakery cost $225 for 75 slices. 

Post # 31
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are spending about $7000 on our catering, BUT that this includes:

  • 3 course plated dinner
  • 4 hour open bar
  • Cocktail hour with different cheese passed around
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • China
  • Set up/break down
  • Wedding cake with our choice of filling and each slice served with a chocolate dipped strawberry
  • Champagne toast
  • White resin chairs
  • And the venue rental is also included

This is for roughly for 80 guests as well.

Post # 32
7579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’ll be coming in probably right around $15,000 (based off of 300, so slightly less if the number is lower). That is just food, servers, bartenders, and bar mixers. We’re providing all alcohol, dishes, etc.

Post # 33
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

$1,000 for 200 people. all you can eat tacos with 3 different meats, plus made to order quesadillas. Rice, BEANS, onions, jalepenos and other fixings. And he cooks it in front of our guests:)

Post # 34
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - establishment theatre

ours ws roughly 2500 for 200 ppl. buffet with Roast beef, two potatoes, a cold salad, two veggies, rolls and butter, plus plates and silverware, that included tax and gratuity…


Post # 35
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our catering is 3,500. For 100 people that includes our meal, served apps, a bartender for 4 hours (were providing our own alcohol), linens, place settings, and they are providing a small amount of decor. Our wedding is in Orlando, so I think this is pretty reasonable! 

Post # 36
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours will be around $3,000 for a buffet style meal for 150 people. We’re getting married in a town about an hour or so away from Indianapolis (where we originally lived when we first got together) so I think that’s why we’re saving some serious money on the catering. That said, the catering is still the largest cost at our wedding by far.

Our bartender will be seperate from the caterer and will cost around $750-$1,000. We’re including unlimited beer, wine, and signature cocktails. Plus, people will still have the option to purchase “harder” drinks if they so desire. We’re playing around with the idea of putting down another $300 to $500 to cover the “other” drinks for people though if we end up having enough money in the budget. We’ll see!

Finally, the cake is going to be around $300. So altogether the food costs will be roughly $4,300 or so. Although that number seems high to me, after looking through this thread, I consider us lucky! 😛

Post # 37
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ok, so DH and I were talking last night about how we think we might actually be ripping our caterer off and I feel like you ladies just proved that we probably are.

We were told $11.99 / person for basically as many dishes as we wanted in whatever proportions. We are doing a Lebanese buffet and considering the HUGE tendancy of this restaurant to over-produce and also because we know not everyone will eat everything (for example, probably 1/2 of the people will have a bit of chicken but not everyone will try Kafta or Salmon) so we are ordering a bigger variety, does that make sense? They told us we will still be way over on food).

So we are having: 

    –> Fatoush Salad 
    –> Yellow rice 
    –> Hummus 
    –> Grilled Vegetables 
    –> Grilled Salmon 
    –> Shish Kofta 
    –> Shish Tawook chicken 
    –> Vegetarian grape leaves 
    –> Garlic Sauce 
We also using their serving stuff and staff, with delivery is going to be 200-300.
Basically after taxes we’re looking between 1500-1900 for about 80-120 people. However, we are having our anniversary party/reception in the Metro Detroit area which is really cheap and in a full scale depression, the party is on a Sunday, and there are a alot of competing Middle Eastern restaurants in the area that are obivously in competition with one other.
This does not include cake, alcohol, or bartender. 

Post # 38
3574 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re still negotiating but with a pig roast and sides (buffet) along with 4 different appetizer platters, no servers (this will change…mama is NOT cleaning up or asking her guests), we were quoted $22/pp for the buffet and about $750 for appetizers, totalling to $2500.  The crappy thing is that our wedding location is so remote that we’re getting charged a pretty steep delivery fee (roughly $500).  We also need to rent the chafing dishes since they’re not included.  Wah.


Post # 39
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

ours was 8,000 for 180 people. We had a plated dinner but it also included, apptizers, servers, bartenders and all the mixers for the drinks at the bar. I think that’s pretty average for around my area.

Post # 40
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

i’d like to see what people are paying still…is it silly of me to think that $20 p/p for food (only) is enough for a brunch buffet wedding? 

Post # 41
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My wedding is going to be in Los Angeles, and when I first saw the quote my venue gave me for 200 guests I almost fainted and DIED. It was $55,000 for food and alcohol plus 22% service charge. 

Then I checked out another venue that I liked….and got a quote for the same amount.

SIGH…I think I need to move the wedding to where some of you bees are. 



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