Post # 1
I’m trying to compare the costs of doing a welcome cocktail party at the hotel open to everyone vs a large rehearsal sit down dinner. I have an estimate for the welcome party and was just wondering how that compared to the traditional route.
How much did your rehearsal dinner cost (food & alcohol) at a nice restaurant?
I’m looking for actual restaurant prices, not backyard bbqs or pizza parties. We are all coming from out of town and Future Father-In-Law wants to do something nice for his family who has to fly in and pay for hotel costs.
Post # 3
We are spending about $40-50 per person, Fiance parents are paying for it and requested it be a nice dinner. Its the same price as our venue! But, if they are paying.. they get what they want. It includes a three course meal, salad/soup, entree, dessert.
Post # 4
Ours was around $8k or so for 40 or so people. It included a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a 4 course sit-down meal of a prix fixe menu and open bar (consumption bar not package so that adds up quickly!) Things that increased the cost that you don’t tend to think about: formal invitations, favors and centerpieces.
Post # 5
We had 80 people at our welcome dinner at a restaurant. With a cocktail hour, sit down meal, and an open bar, (based on consumption) it was around $5,500. (don’t remember the specific number). That comes out to about $69 per head.
Post # 6
I’ve thrown two showers and a rehearsal dinner. The cheapest option for a nice dinner would be to do the rehearsal dinner at a BYOB. You will save A LOT this way by providing your own wine!
I did two BYOB showers for $30 a head, but my rehearsal dinner at a hotel was $60 a head plus $9/drink based on consumption. I found the hotels to be totally over priced, especially for the quality of food!
Post # 7
I think food was $20/head and we did a consumption bar that we averaged at $12/head? This was in Seattle.