(Closed) Per Person Plate Prices

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









    200+ (OMG)

  • Post # 107
    407 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Ours starts at $50 pp including cake cutting and champagne toast.  However this doesn’t include appetizers or other alcohol which is a must for my italian family.  It will probably end up being around $55-60pp. 

    I’m just outside of L.A.

    Post # 108
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Mine was $69/pp.  Ohio in May, however, we got a military discount…reception was at the Wright Patt officers club.  Price included all appetizers hot and cold (which were plentiful) and the full meal.  No alcohol included, we had a seperate $2500 bar bill (for 130 people), yay for an open bar I guess!

    Post # 109
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Manhattan wedding, open bar, passed apps, a few carving stations, seated dinner, cake and dessert course…$262 pp + tax & grat



    Post # 110
    11 posts
    • Wedding: March 2012

    $100 per person with, plated dinner, open bar and passes Hors d’œuvre.- San Antonio, Texas…. beautiful 5 star hotel on the riverwalk.

    Post # 111
    2904 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    OK. so mine includes the space, the tables, china, linens, centerpiece (candleabra–I have to do my own flowers to put in the middle), chair covers and sashes, DOC, cake cutting (but not cake), alcohol (full open bar with limited “mid to bottom shelf” liquor and decent beer, wine and bubbly).

    So… with two entree options: $105 pp plus 10% tax and 20% gratuity. So, just over $136pp.

    $5 extra pp because we had too many vegetarians. So… $140 pp.

    Then… we got a 20% military discount (only available on non-Saturday dates).  That brings it to $114 to 116 ish pp. Kids and vendors are 50% off.


    Location is a fancy ballroom in San Francisco.  YIKES.  My dad actually found this location.


    The Fairmount Hotel starts at $225 pp, not including any alcohol, tax or tips. The ceremony is free though. (I’m paying extra to do the ceremony there).


    My aunt’s wedding was in a cabin hall in SF,nothing too fancy, but still a lovely wedding– was closer to $30pp for passed hors d’ouevres and buffet dinner.

    There’s something for many budgets, but the minimums don’t go as low as other areas of the country, and they’re harder to find. The average is MUCH HIGHER and the maximums are higher (e.g. everal hundred pp at Cavallo Point with their 3 start restaurant catering. That food is AMAZING.)

    Post # 112
    3363 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    $75/person at a Winter Rate. Shit, I should have paid for everyone’s admission and gotten married inside Disneyland!

    Post # 113
    201 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    $112/pp after tax (8.75%) and service fee (21%). Includes passed hors d’œuvres, plated dinner, wedding cake, and 4 hours of premium open bar. Southern California (Chino Hills).

    Post # 114
    4334 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    In Ann Arbor, MI, at a nice hotel (it’s getting a lot more expensive starting next year I’ve heard, and I knew this was a deal when I read it!)

    $33pp for food (choose from 4 entreese)
    this includes the room, dance floor, champagne toast, horsdurves, centerpieces, cake cut (not the cake itself)
    and the cheapest bar option is $20pp for 5 hours, increasing with the number of hours and better quality alcohol. (I think we are going with the package that is about $23 for 6 hours.)

    Total: $56 x 21% gratuity = $68pp

    Post # 115
    654 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m paying $72 pp in Upstate NY, which is actually on the lower side of pricing for the area. This is before 7% sales tax and 18% gratuity, so even at my more “affordable” venue, it still winds up being $90 pp!

    Most venues I looked at were between $80-110 pp before tax and gratuity!

    Post # 116
    22 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Ours is $195 pp before 22% grat and 6% tax.  It’s at a Ritz-Carlton in South Florida. We are also paying $1,500 to use a particular room for the dinner (instead of one of their regular banquet rooms).  The $195++ includes:

    5 passed hors d’oeuvres pp

    5 hours of open bar (house/not premium)

    salad, dual entree (mahi-mahi and tenderloin)

    wedding cake

    It also includes typical hotel stuff like wait staff, valet, tables, chairs, silverware, candles up the wahoo, etc.

    I chose the Ritz because my background is event planning (and PR/marketing) and I’ve done many events there.  I found them to be the most reliable of all the hotels/venues I’ve worked with and I know what to expect with them.  Because of my background, I was able to negotiate a few things:

    the pp price actually only covers 4 hours of bar and I got 1 extra hour thrown in = 5 hours of bar

    i got complimentary damask linens

    i got complimentary chivari chairs (versus their regular banquet chairs)

    They upgraded my room from a beachfront room to a beachfront suite complimentary

    There’s a few other things that I can’t think of too.



    Post # 117
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Ours is going to come out at about $33 per person (including tax and tip). That includes full Tex Mex buffet with stationary hors d’ouvres during cocktail hour, assorted pastry desserts, tea, coffee, water, alcohol (beer and wine), and wedding cake.

    Post # 118
    2114 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

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    @EncoreBridetoBe: +1 .. I have only been to one wedding that isnt an open bar

    Post # 119
    485 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    we are paying $8.00 per plate per person. I guess we are lucky compared to some of the prices I’m seeing, lol. God bless Indiana.

    Post # 120
    485 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    OH! And we are paying $200 for bar. $20/hr.

    Post # 121
    18 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    $15 per person for a fairly simlpe heavy h-dvs buffett, water, lemonade, tea, and coffee in South Carolina.

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