(Closed) How much was your reception food per plate per person?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much per plate?
    less than $60/plate : (193 votes)
    51 %
    $60-80/plate : (51 votes)
    14 %
    $80-90/plate : (17 votes)
    5 %
    $90-100/plate : (24 votes)
    6 %
    $100-110/plate : (23 votes)
    6 %
    $110-120/plate : (11 votes)
    3 %
    Above $120/plate : (56 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    do you mean just the dinner or all the food (cocktail hour, dinner, dessert)?

    Post # 4
    971 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    Our post wedding meal was $300 for 13 people and that included drinks and gratuity.  We had 5 kids and 8 adults.  The kids plates cost less than the adults, of course, as did their beverages.  However, if I take the total bill and calculate it out, it was $23 per plate. 

    Keep in mind that we went to our favourite restaurant for dinner after our JoP ceremony, so it wasn’t a traditional reception. 

    Post # 5
    661 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Ours is $86 a person, but $100 is not out of this world depending on the venue your looking at.  (it was about the average at the places we looked at – and the only reason why ours is less is because they took the average between 2 plates that we gave as meal choices).

    But, thats ONLY if it includes an open bar.  Ours includes it.  If it doesn’t include that, then yes, its way too much.

    Post # 6
    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Wow, ours for just dinner will be under $20 per person… are you all talking dessert/cake, as well? I never realized people spent that much on it, but I guess that makes sense if you’re serving steak, lobster, etc.?

    Post # 7
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We haven’t picked a caterer yet, but our venue gives us a choice of 5.  Without any specifics they all quoted around $28-$40 per person.  I hear the food is good and plentiful though.  That is for just food, not liquor or cake.  I thought $100 pp was standard before I started calling caterers and I was so scared of paying that much.  Our venue isn’t in a fancy place though, so maybe that’s why there is such a difference.  BTW it’s for a Saturday night.

    Post # 8
    182 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Is that all you have to pay for or is there an additional room rental fee? What is included (linens, centerpieces, flatware, stemware, drinks…)?

    My venue had no room rental fee and included the linens, flatware, stemware, tables, chairs, mirrors for the centerpieces, and 3 votive candles per table. Plus, it was in a hotel so we got 2 free VIP rooms and the penthouse suite!

    Per person it was around $30 plus tax and service charge. It included salad, the entree, and water/ice tea/coffee.

    It depends on where the venue is though. My wedding was in Minneapolis MN.

    I looked a one venue that’s cheapest meal was $100 per person plus tax and service charge, but it included appetizers alcoholic drinks, salad, and the entree.

    Post # 9
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    Ours will be well under 20$ a plate with drinks, dinner, and cake.

    Post # 10
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ours is $43/person.  It includes a buffet with 3 entrees, fruit table, pasta salad bar, dessert table (that will be refilled until the end of the night), 6 hours of full open bar, bartenders, security, room rental, service charge, tax, etc.  The only things we’re paying for separately are the cake & the DJ.  It includes basic white linens, but I think we might rent colored ones.  The venue also has a wide variety of things we can use for centerpieces, so we’re just using their stuff plus some flowers we’re buying.  Pretty good deal for our area.

    Post # 11
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    $100 is pricey but not totally outrageous. Ours would have been that much if we didn’t score a deal from our venue.

    We’re paying $65 per person including tax and gratuity for a sit down dinner (choice of: grilled NY sirloin steak, chicken cordon bleu or pasta primavera), 5 hours of limited open bar (beer, wine and soda with a few signature drinks) and our cocktail hour hor d’ourves (mini cheeseburger sliders and french fry cones with a condiment bar and a few stationary cheese and veggie displays). This also includes all tables, chairs, linens, silverware and china as well as an on-site coordinator. We’re getting one hell of a deal. 

    Post # 12
    436 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    $19 per plate here

    Post # 13
    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    for us (sydney australia), $100-$130 per person is pretty normal


    Post # 14
    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Our was $92 per person, but that included the food, open bar, room rental with linens, and even the cake.

    Post # 15
    299 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We just got our quote and were really suprise with tax and gratuity it came to about $42. That includes our cocktail hour, dinner and our ice cream bar. Cocktail hour will be 4 passed hors d’ourves including mini grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters, mini crabcakes, black and blue flatbread, stuffed mushrooms and a crudite table. For dinner we are having pretty simple, but yummy food served at different stations one being sliders, a topping bar and fries, a pasta station with grilled veggies, a cuban station with black beans and rice, salad, and mini cuban sandwiches, and an asian station with a large wok were guests can choose from chicken, steak, or shrimp stir fry. Our cake isn’t included in the price, but our ice cream sundae bar is. No drinks are included in this price either… we are anticipating the bar bill being more that the food bill lol

    Post # 16
    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Our dinner, which included tea, water, bread, salad, entree/sides and coffee service was $20 per person.  With the cake price it would be about $22 per person.  The bar was extra (not a per person price though) and we paid a $400 room rental fee.

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