Post # 1
So I just sent an email out to a restaurant owner to discuss the possiblity of having my wedding dinner there. This is a somewhat upscale and funky restaurant.
Through some research, I’m getting the idea that something like this will cost me about 3k for just 15 guests – I would like to have 20 to include some friends, but I don’t think that will be possible.
Does this seem like a lot?
Post # 3
What are they providing? Just food? Open bar? Decor? Centerpieces? Depending on how much they are offering, that’s either a good price or too much.
Post # 4
Ya that seems like a lot that is $200 per person!
Post # 5
That sounds like a lot. We’re paying $30 per person, not including bar (which is by consumption) but including cake, at the nicest restaurant in our town. However, we’re in a small town in the middle of nowhere. For 15-20 I would think the prices would be much closer to whatever a normal dinner would cost at that restaurant, rather than a special catering price…
Post # 6
For cake, food and bar you shouldn’t spend any more than 125.00 per person and that should include tax and gratuity
Post # 7
Totally depends on where you live, what you’re including, and what kind of place it is.
I often plan events for my office and I live in a large city. I’d pretty much never pay more than $100 per head for a multi course dinner at a nice restaurant. We’re more likely to keep the budget at about $50 per head for food.
If you’re doing a full buy out of the restaurant you’ll likely have a significant minimum to meet, however, with 15-20 people that’s probably not the situation, right?
If you’re adding in an open bar that sky is the limit! In my area they charge a minimum of about $5 per piece for drinks. An alternative would be to go with wine on the tables and allow people to go to the bar for additional drinks.
Post # 8
We had ours in the private dining room of the Legal Sea Foods in Burlington. It was just over $100 pp for food, alcohol (just a champagne toast and wine with the meal), tax, and tip.