Post # 1
I’m wondering how much other receptions are costing brides/families. How much—per person—is your food costing? We’ve shopped around and the place I like the best is about $34 a head; I’m just curious to see if we’re paying around the average.
Post # 3
About $33 / head (including appetizers and bar setup (we provide the alcohol))… Thats a pre-tax and tip number…
Post # 4
@jesstagirl: can you be more specific? Are you including the whole package or just dinner? A caterer or your venue providing food? What style of dinner (buffet, family style, plated)? Does that include tax and tip?
Our venue is providing the food and it is going to be about $42/person with family style dinner, and only wine for alchohol. That doesn’t include dessert, but it does include tax and tip. Hope that helps!
Post # 5
Wow – mine was way more expensive. I think it was $80/person, which is pretty much the average I found looking at places. That included beer and wine (plus champagne toast), passed hors d’oevres plus fruit/veggie tray and dips at cocktail hour, 3 station dinner, and cake buffet for desserts. It also included tables, chiviari chairs, and linens.
Post # 6
We haven’t really figured cost yet, but I’m expecting it to be fairly reasonable, as we are planning to do it ourselves with the help of very talented and generous family and friends. I’m hoping things go well, as we haven’t budgeted for a caterer!
Post # 7
My venue provides the food because they don’t allow outside caterers. After tax and price for open bar (beer/wine/premium liquor), the price is $28/pp. I am in the Michigan area and the place is fantastic but about 25 min outside of Detroit so reduced cost due to it not being in the city. But, my ceremony and reception will be held there so it’s no big deal. Every other place I researched was at least $38/pp or more.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
Our wedding is in PA, and we chose a caterer who we feel is doing something pretty fabulous for our budget. We’re paying $39/per person for food (no cake no beverages). We could have gone a bit cheaper, I think we saw some prices in the 20’s but the food didn’t appeal to us as much, think 3 different kinds of meatballs as appetizers. I think your price is pretty close to average depending on your location.
Post # 9
That sounds pretty inexpensive to me! Every wedding I’ve personally known the costs of have been at least $40 and up to over $100 per head.
Post # 10
@Latte, sorry about that! I’m talking without alcohol, but including tax and tip!
My dad is just freaking out that it’s a lot of money (which it is!), but I’m trying to explain to him that it’s the norm these days! Thanks for your input so far, ladies!
Post # 11
Our’s was $60 (including tax and gratuity) this included an appetizer (soup) a choice of 5 entrees (chicken, beef, pork, fish, veggie) and dessert (mini cakes).
I could definitly have done it cheaper, but I really wanted the location for the location itself and the quality of the food. If these factors were not important to me I certainly would have chosen a cheaper option.
It comes down to what matters to you. If it’s food, you may have to pay a little more 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2020 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception
Ours is $31 a head, which includes the cocktail hour appetizers, the dinner, gratuity and tax.
Post # 13
Our is $55 per head for drink mixers (we’ll provide the alcohol), soft drinks, tea, coffee, four passed appetizers, and four stations (shrimp, beef tenderloin, veggies/fruit/cheese, and mashed potatoes).
Post # 14
I paid $40/ head which did not include tax or tip. This included appetizers for coctail hour, a plated salad. a buffet with 2 meats, 2 starches and a vegtable, a childrens buffet with mac and cheese and chicken fingers, and coffee, tea and water. The buffet was served and plated were cleared by wait staff.
Post # 15
Ours will be around $40/head not including gratuity in Western MA. That also does not include drinks of any sort.
Post # 16
I have been quoted $56-$62 per person. This is for all the food, but we are buying our own alcohol. I know it could be cheaper, but it’s very important to me to have great food (more so than other areas) and I’m including special stuff like spicy tuna rolls, a scallop salad, lemon sorbet between dishes, etc.