(Closed) Is it me or are Chinese banquet prices expensive?!

posted 8 years ago in East Asian
Post # 17
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are having our reception at a Chinese restaraunt and we were quoted anywhere from $30-$100 per guest for the traditional 10 courses (food only).

I was quite pleased as most of the other venues I looked at were around $80 per person minimum.


Post # 18
10362 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@zaakaawaa:  A cashiers check is not cash because it has to go through a bank, meaning there is a record of it. Chinese restaurants ask for “real” cash so that they can avoid paying taxes on a large portion of the sale. Hence they need no physical financial record of the transaction.

Post # 20
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


When we were searching for venues, my fiance and I considered both Western and Chinese venues. I personally wanted a Western venue because every Asian wedding I had ever been to in my life had exactly the same 10-dish meal. While the food is (usually) consistenly good, nothing is ever personable about it. It was all very cookie cutter, and I almost never like atmosphere of the restaurants. Thankfully, neither of our parents cared much whether we decided to go for a Chinese or Western banquet, but we scoped both out anyway to get an idea of pricing. Our guest list quote was about 150-170, and the minimum spend requirement would have ended up costing about $90 per head, which we didn’t think was worth it considering the menu list for that price point. We weren’t allowed to include alcohol in the minimum spend requirement either. For the Western venue, the quote was cheaper, at about $55 a head for a buffet. The venue had actually been my first choice and the food is amazing, so it was a no brainer.

Post # 21
4 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

My Fiance is Puerto Rican and Im Vietnamese. We decided to have our reception in Chinatown Philadelphia. I had to make a deposit to save my date but the remaining balance isnt paid until the partys over. The restaurant I chose has 3 different menus: $538, $568, and $668. That cost is for a table of 10. We have decided with the $568 menu. They all have pretty much the same thing except the middle option has peking duck and crab meat claws while the most expensive option has roasted pig. Each menu has 10 hot dishes and 2 desserts, wedding cookies and fruit. Honestly, i wanted to steer away from the asian style reception but when it came down to costs, this option will save me alot of money. 

Post # 22
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@crayfish:  Wait – really?  That is shady as shit!  For something as big as a wedding, why would one want to go with a business that is not 100% “on the books”?  I mean, does on really want to cut corners on their wedding day??

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