(Closed) How much did your Buffet Style dinner cost? (including or excluding cocktail hr)

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@GamersBride:  We are not having a buffet style meal, but that is due to our room not being large enough to accomodate all of our guests plus buffet lines and also because the buffet was actually more expensive at our venue. The buffet prices run from $27-$32pp while the entrees we picked are $23pp (about average for their chicken/pork entrees). 

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@GamersBride:  mine was 21.95 a person. Open bar was 11.00 a person. For a total of 32.95 a person. It was the cheapest I could find lol. It was awesome food too.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think ours is about the same as yours…maybe 46 per person. I’m not sure of the exact number, but its pretty close. We are having shrimp cocktail, crab fritters, bruschetta and a fruit and cheese tree for apps then an island salad, red skin potatoes, pineapple chicken, a lemon sauce fish and prime rib.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@adillon1:  Wow, that’s a great open bar price! I live in the city you got married in, but I’m getting married in Wisconsin. Guess I should have gotten married in Ohio 🙂 

 

 

 

@GamersBride:  Yeah, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t have minded having a buffet but I liked this venue so much that we decided to just do plated dinners instead!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ok.. are you ready for your mind to be blown??  We’re doing a mix between my Vietnamese tradition (7 course sit down diiner) and my FI’s southern tradition (apps, carving stations, buffet, some tables but not really sit down).  So how did we compromise?  We are doing appetizers passed… and family style dinner (which is like a buffet except they just serve it on a big platter per table).  Comes out to $50.57pp (tax & gratuity included) (this also includes cake cuting fee, plates, silverware, servers & glasses).  Which was a great deal because this is what’s on the menu…

Apps for cocktail hour:

Boudin Balls, Mini Egg Rolls, Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms, Crescent City Caviar, Ceviche & Oyster shooters

Course:

Bread

Spinach & feta sald w a strawbery walnut vinaigrette

Smoke Duck & Andoulla gumbo w/ rice

Chicken & Sausage Pastalaya

Beef Tenderloins w/ Masala Demi Gloss

Crabmeat Augratin

Sides: 

Jasmine Rice & Steamed and season vegis.

 

And instead of doing a grooms cake, we’re going to have beignets passed around (since a lot of our guests have never had new orleans beignets.)

It is a little pricey but I really loved that our caterers allowed us to do something that incorporated both traditions … even food wise.  And they are handling all the vendors, set up, coordiations, everything.. it’s awesome!  So I don’t have to hire a coordinator or even a day of coordinator!   Premium Open Bar for 175: $2483 (tax & gratuity included)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our buffet is costing us $65/pp, and that’s the starting price for the buffet options wth our caterer.  Our cocktail hour food is $20/pp and allows us to choose six different hors d’oeuvres to be served.  

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@GamersBride:  Our menu will likely have to be completey redone for long and complicated reasons not worth writing out. lol At the time of signing with the caterer (back in September) this was our menu:

SALAD 

Butter Lettuce Salad

Oranges, Roquefort Cheese, Olives, Walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Marinated Haricots Vert
Baby Greens, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil Vinaigrette

 

ENTREE

Four Cheese Tortelloni – Vine-Ripened Tomato Sauce and Basil

Grilled Côte De Boeuf – Sautéed Celery and Sweet Onions, Bordelaise Sauce Stuffed Chicken Risotto and Wild Mushrooms
Halibut – Warm Tomato Fennel Vinaigrette
Ratatouille Style Vegetables with Tomato, Thyme and Parsley Cauliflower Gratin
Yukon Gold Potato Purée with Crème Fraîche

 

DESSERT

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Cookies ‘n Cream and Butter Pecan Ice CreaM Hot Fudge, Carmel Syrup, Mixed Nuts, Whipped Cream & Maraschino Cherries Nestle Butterfinger Bar, Nestle Crunch Bar, Chocolate Sprinkles, Rainbow Sprinkles and Crushed Oreos Sliced Bananas, Strawberries

 

ETA: fixed wonky formatting

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

100 per person included dinner, full open bar, tax and tip.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing our own buffet, and catering in fazoli’s – as well as doing a number of soups & bread bowls, it’s going to cost us around $900 for 50 people.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Buffets also seem to be the norm in my area too. The plated options were about the same price but I liked the buffet better since it had more variety. The buffet package we chose is around $26/pp though it’ll be around $32 after tax and gratuity. For that we get a salad bar, rolls, pasta salad, tomato/mozzarella platter, vegetable, rice pilaf, chicken picatta, and a salmon option. The buffet also comes with unlimited coffee and tea service. I’m still thinking about maybe adding a carving station but I’m not really sure it’ll be worth it.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsBeck:  lol that’s awesome. Most people have no idea where cuyahoga falls is haha

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