(Closed) Per Person Plate Prices

posted 10 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much are you paying per plate?

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  • Post # 62
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Whoa! American wedding prices seem insanely cheap. We’re having a VERY low key wedding at a VERY low key venue in November (off season) on a Friday… and the cheapest we can find is 15 pieces appetizer/person, 1 drink (bottom shelf)/person, for $47! And this IS the dinner. That’s all. Forget anyone who complains about wedding prices in Boston… that shit sounds aight!

    Post # 63
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @crayfish: Nope.. we’re looking at $100+ pp and the venue fee is $7,000 – $10,000 depending on where we hold it.

    The only venues that I have come across that don’t charge a venue fee are hotels.

    Then again, we’re looking at a 450 person wedding.  Perhaps some of the smaller wineries, golf clubs, etc. don’t charge venue fees.

    Post # 64
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m in Austin, Texas and we are actually getting a caterer for our location. It’s $20pp but then you add on the $500 package for plates, service, etc and it comes up to $34 pp. That includes, tea, water, 2 apps, and a custom buffet dinner as well as cake cutting, blah blah blah.

    Most prices I found in the area were $30-$75 depending on whether alcohol was included or not.

    Post # 65
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    My venue was priced $50/head for just the dinner. Adding in the apps and open bar, it came to about $95/head, plus 30% for the service charge and sales tax.

    Post # 66
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It’s so crazy how different the costs are depending on where you live! I got married in the Philly ‘burbs. We had 145 people and came in at $114/pp for cocktail hour with butlered h’orderves, 3 course seated dinner, open bar, wedding cake, and dessert/crepe station. This is actually considered cheap for Philly. And I got married on a Sunday, so this was the ‘discount’ price. LOL.

    Post # 67
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Ours is $100 a person, it includes taxes, tips, appetizers, cocktail hour, 4 hour host bar, champage toast, wine with dinner, the hall, and decorations (linens, chair covers, and head table decor ect.). It’s also half price for those under 18 and I think its like $14 a plate for kids.

    We ended up having to cut down our guests list but now we can have everything we want with all the people that really matter to us, instead of a larger wedding (with a lot of people we aren’t close with) and having to trim things down.

    Post # 68
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Our per plate price is $285 for a top hotel in Los Angeles on a Saturday night in summer. That price includes six passed hor d’oevres and a sushi station at the cocktail hour, a four course sit down dinner (appetizer, salad, tableside entree selection, plated dessert), the cake, premium cocktails and wine for five hours, a champagne toast, service charge, and sales tax. It’s ridiculously expensive but it makes sense for what we’re getting.

    Post # 69
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Oh my ladies! Im paying $4 a plate– YES $FOUR DOLLARS$ granted that is a discount because he is related to my Fiance but his normal price was $7.95  Thats for 2 entrees, a potatoe, 3 sides, rolls, salads and drinks – SERVED including China & linens. I understand girls that your $50 and up prices include different things however we are paying $4 a plate at 200 guest equals $800  the venue rental was only $500 for 2 days! and our alcohol was under $1000 including the security required! Im glad I live in a little town! Id go bankrupt in the city!

    Post # 70
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I am in Ontario, but the company we are booking with does an all inclusive package, so its $90 pp, for pretty much everything

    Dinner, apps, DJ, Cake, Decorations, Linens, Day of Coordination andopen bar!

    So its a pretty good deal, I think 🙂

    Post # 71
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    Honey bee

    Ours is 63 per head without open bar which will be about 15 per head extra.

    Post # 72
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Holy. Crap. I just developed a newfound appreciation for the low cost of living in Northeastern Ohio.

    I don’t have a venue yet… but the MOST EXPENSIVE one I found in my area would be $37 per person for a buffet including three meats, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, a carving station, and bread. Plus 4 hours of middle shelf open bar. Plus no cost for the rental of the actual ballroom.

    …I don’t feel so bad anymore.

    Post # 73
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    I live in Georgia and I was trying to stay about $20 per plate. I’ve seen anywhere from $25-$40 in my area for finger food type meals. However, my in-laws are caterers and finally told me they want to cater 🙂 So we’re getting a sit down dinner for extremely cheap. It will only cost how much the food actually costs at a discount price (from Sysco). Yay!!! 🙂

    Post # 74
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If we took our venue price (which includes food, drink, rental, cake) and divided it, I think it comes to about $80 per guest? Which, in the DMV area, is really really good. At least from the places we were looking at!

    Post # 75
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are getting married in Southeastern Ohio in a pretty rural area and I met with a caterer who said he would charge $9.95 a person for chicken marsala and some beef dish. A friend of Fiance is a chef and he said as a wedding present he would do the meal at cost, which would be about $5-$6 a person.

    I have to say that I am really glad I am getting married where I am just because of the lower costs. That’s one reason why we decided to do it there rather than Columbus, which is where we live.

    Post # 76
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    In Pennsylvania, the Hyatt and we are paying $120.00 pp and you have to a mininum of 175 to even book there BUT that includes 3 diferrent choices of entrees 6 differnt apptizers, NO alcohol at our wedding so we opt which is still included in our packge smoothie, diaqauri, sodas, juice the cake the centerpieces

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