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

posted 11 years ago in Food
  • poll: How much per plate?

    less than $60/plate






    Above $120/plate

  • Post # 76
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    HappyCrickets:  Who did you use? We’ve been receiving quotes for food/set up (BYOB) only for $85+. It seems a little insane, but we do have a 200 person reception.

    Post # 77
    45 posts

    We’re doing an afternoon lunch at Maggiano’s; $24 a plate pp! And it’s family style so they will keep bringing food!  We’re adding alcohol since the mal is a good price

    Post # 78
    2319 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I guess ppl are including all drinks etc so ours is prob going to be 120 per plate for:

    Open bar

    4 Canapés per head

    3 Course Meal


    Midnight snacks

    Post # 79
    113 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    That seems standard- it depends on where you are geographically. We’re paying $90 for 3 passed apps, salad, and entree. If you include sundae bar, late night food, and alcohol (just beer and wine), it comes to $160. Add tax and required 20% gratuity on top of that though and it comes to $200. 

    Post # 80
    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Without taxes, rental fees or service charges, our buffet with 3 passed apps, a cheese and fruit display, and buffet with a plated salad, 3 entrees and two sides is $49 per person. For the Bay Area and being on the coast, it’s an incredible bargain!

    Of course, I’m renting chivari chairs and i had to rent salad plates because of the plated salad, and with taxes and service charges, it comes to just about $74 per person. All those rentals and fees add up!! Don’t forget to budget that as well!!

    Post # 81
    42 posts
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We’re paying $85 per person. It includes a full open bar, hors d’oeuvres, 4 course meal with both chicken and beef, sweet table and 2 late night savoury stations. It also includes all linens tax and gratuity.

    Post # 82
    599 posts
    Busy bee

    Everything was $107 per person.

    Post # 83
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I just calculated and our entire wedding, all the rentals, fees, food, booze, DJ, photographer, everything, was $65 per person. Our meal on its own was $19 per plate, and it was amazing. I can’t imagine paying $100 per plate, I thought $50 was outrageously expensive. 

    Post # 84
    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    100% depends on the area. I’m from a suburb of Cleveland. Paid $85 for an elaborate appetizer, plated dinner, intense dessert and top shelf bar. More standard weddings I go to are around $50.  Go to a downtown Cleveland hotel and that same $50 per plate will be $100. 2 hours east is the farming areas, average is prob $10-20/ plate with the standard reception and food being way more low-key. 

    Post # 85
    3797 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Ours was right around $75/person ($30 for kids), but that literally included the cost of everything related to our venue- Dinner (3 appetizers, salad, entree), open bar, dessert, DJ, complimentary suite for us night of wedding, valet for 10 vehicles, etc. The price was also the flat rate for the whole night. We used one space for both the ceremony and reception and we got a deal where she didn’t charge us extra to rent the space, so that price was literally almost everything except things outside (flowers, attire, photographer, stationary). 

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