(Closed) reception cost

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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socalgirl1689:  our venue + table/chair rentals + catering (not including cake, etc.) was about $210pp not including taxes, etc. We did it all separately. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

For catering alone ours is $115 a head, this is in Los Angeles for seated service and 120 guests. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

Ours was all separate as well. Our room rental was $800 for 4 hours, and did not include any decor other than tables. Our catering was done by a family friend, so mine is probably on the lower side, which worked out to be ~$20 per person. Everything, room, rentals, food, cake was about ~70 per person. (All this totaly depends on where you live, as well. Big city weddings cost WAY more.)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We haven’t signed a contract yet, but our two top choices look like this, for 100 guests.  They’re both in the Charleston, SC area.

Venue #1:  Room rental + exclusive caterer.  Includes tables and chairs.  Does not include linens.  $4900 rental fee (June, saturday evening).  $30-$70 per person for catering, we’re interested in the $50-$70 options, which include a full open bar and sit down plated meal.

Venue #2:  Room rental fee, includes tables & chairs.  You have the option to use their caterer, or use outside catering for a $500 fee.  Rental fee is $4000, their catering prices range from $30 to $60 pp, plus bar packages from $12 to $21 pp (we’d be paying ~$81pp).  For the $500 fee, we could easily find a caterer for under $60 pp.

For 100 guets the venue totals (including food and beverage, not including tax + gratuity) come to:

Venue #1:  ~$12,000

Venue #2:  ~$12,000  with catering, ~$10,500 outside caterer

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Our venue was about $650 to rent. (An armory that they did a lot of work to so it actually looked pretty nice) It included tables, chairs, and use of kitchen. Our caterer charged $13 pp for 350 guests. This was for 2 meats and 4 sides and bun. Alcohol we purchased kegs and put 2000 towards the bar tab for a dRINK Buy down  (common in my area). Linns we were able to get at cpat through our catereer. I dont remember the toral bit it was cheap.. We spent 300 on our cake. We got married in small town in the mid west. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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socalgirl1689:  catering was about $102pp, venue and rentals $108pp

We had a blank canvas venue, so we had to rent everything from tables to utensils. It racks up quickly on top of the venue rental fee. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My venue, which includes tables, chairs (but not particularly nice chairs….upgrades cost extra), china, glasses and silverwear, is $5,500 (for both ceremony and reception).

I am hiring an outside caterer for somewhere between $15 – $20 per person (we’re still finalizing the menu).  Caterer can use the venue’s kitchen but not their pots and pans, and caterer must supply servers.

Over and above those costs, I still need to rent linens, and pay for alcohol (venue is a vineyard) and decorations.  The bar will be just beer and wine.  I haven’t priced the beer yet (it will come from a local craft brewery) but the wine is $18 per bottle.  We are estimating 1.5 bottles per persson.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Our venue including alcohol, but not including food is around $14,000 

100 people
venue alone is $8000, 

Alcohol is around $6000

Caterer is coming in around $6000

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by  janedw.
Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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socalgirl1689:  Cost will vary by region.

I am in the MidWest. My venue includes 2 day- full building (indoor/outdoor), all tables, indoor chairs, and audio system. Caterer includes 4 hour open bar (Craft Beer/Wine), all china, and menu.

If I add those cost with the “cake” cost, we are paying $80 per person.

The linens are not included in that cost but I haven’t chosen those yet. Outdoor chairs were donated to us.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - His Way Church & Chesapeake Room @ Downs Park

Venue rental for 8 hours = $660

Separate catering total = $800 (this is a flat rate that includes the food, utensils and table cloths) and for 50 guests, that works out to $16 per person!

Total = $1,460

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

We have 160 people, buffet dinner and an open bar for $102 per person, which includes the $3,300 facility fee.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My venue is anywhere from $59 to $75 a person. It includes the venue, linens, dinner and appetizers, open bar for 5 hours, wine at dinner and champagne toast, centerpieces and head table flowers, and the cake. I specifically choose this golf club because of these. Plus there is only one reception hall so we will be the only wedding there that day.

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