(Closed) restaurant reception how much are you paying pp and what are you getting?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1020 posts
Bumble bee

i considered a restaurant reception but have changed my mind back to a banquet room reception. i love the intimate feeling of hosting my reception at a restaurant but the one i love is too small for my number of guests.

with that said, i’ve done researches on pricing for holding reception at restaurants. $100/person seems VERY high.. is it a very high-end/luxury restaurant? i would think a range between $40~$60 would be more reasonable.

Post # 4
888 posts
Busy bee

Doesn’t actually seem high to me for what you are getting – esp given you are in a major city like boston.

Post # 5
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If your getting all the other stuff included it sounds good, I think you could do a little better though.

Mine was at a banquet hall and it was 65 per person, that included top shelf open bar all night total of 5 hours. The cocktail hour had champagne and strawberries served upon entering, 8 butler passed h’ourdervous (sp?), 3 chafing stations. Then for dinner there was a salad course, a pasta course, and a choice of prime rib or chicken franciese (sp?). Dessert was our cake and that was included as well as coffee and tea. This price also included all tips taxes and gratuities. Dessert buffet would have added another 8$ per person, and chair covers were $4 a piece so that would have put us at $77 a person.. we made our own centerpieces, but you could rent theres for 15 a table so pretend 8 people at a table that would be about 1.90 per person, i’m rounding up so if we had included everything they did for you it would have been roughly $79 per person. Granted it is a special they run but I think you could do a little better. Maybe get a competitive number and bring it back to the place you really want and see if they could do a little better.

Or maybe you could get rid of dessert buffet and just go with cake or something.

Good luck!

Post # 6
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

$36 per person for dinner- salad, dual entree, 2 sides

$21 per person for drinks- this was only an estimate because it is done by consumption

Then there is the 8.25% tax and 20% service/gratuity charge.

We are considering adding some passed appetizers which will be around $12 per person for 4 of them.

Post # 7
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We looked into doing that here in Milwaukee. The resturant we liked the most had a $8,000 minimum, which for our ~100 guests would have been about ~$80 a person. Too rich for our tiny budget. I’d say $100 a person seems too high, but I don’t know Boston prices (lovely city BTW! I was there a few days ago and really like it!).

Post # 8
13 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that sounds great. Esp. for Boston. I am doing a restaurant wedding in Frederick, MD. Our buy-out fee is $6000. We are doing a 6 course tasting menu with a wine pairing. It’s about $135 per person, but we are only having 40 ppl.  We also get all the linens, chairs, etc…

I’m super excited b/c the chef is on this season of Top Chef!!  He happens to be a good friend of finacee’s too. 

Post # 9
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ours is costing $75 per head incl canapes to start and 3 course meal (fine dining)

Beverages are not included

This is pretty good value in Australia, its not uncommon for it to be $100 per head for standard food, depending on the venue.

Post # 10
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think that sounds very reasonably especially since it includes an open bar.

Post # 11
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

it’s not too bad. We hve $65 a head at a private country club though minus the room fee… does the $100 include a room fee, if yes, then go for it. If no, i would see if there are any ways to cut costs.

Post # 12
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sounds like a great deal to me in that area with open bar and chair covers, etc.

I am getting married in New Husband and looking at about $135 pp after adding open bar, floor length linens, chair covers, etc. It’s not at a restaurant though, not sure how much of a difference that makes.

Post # 13
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

Ours came in at about 50$ a person for the rooms, servers, buffet lunch, beer and wine.  We have to decorate ourselves and they don’t inlcude champagne so we have to add that (with a 10$ per bottle corking fee).  Honestly, the inclusion of the open bar makes this sound like a pretty normal deal to me (not great, but certainly not outrageous)  If it’s where you want to be and it can be done, I’d say go for it!

Post # 14
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ours came in at $85/person.  We are getting married on a Friday.  If it were a Saturday, it would be $95/person.

We get:


Cocktail hour w/appetizers

Open Premium Bar – all night (no corking fees)

A strolling cocktail reception with mini-entree stations ( a ton of choices)




Comes w/Chavari chairs


Tables (different sizes)

and since I threw him almost $20K in business from my work, he threw in an extra $10/person to use where I want. So I think we’re renting lounge furniture because we want the reception to have that ‘feel.’


Post # 15
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we’re having a restaurant reception. they have a minimum bill policy as opposed to a room fee or per head fee. if i work it out… it’s about $60/person depending on how many people we actually get. that will probably be enough for a 3 course meal and some drinks. plus they supply all the linens and do all of the set up.

Post # 16
2472 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You sound like you are greating a great deal, especially if your wedding is in Boston.

We are paying $125 a person for a Friday wedding.  It would be almost $150 a person for a Saturday.  We get:

No ceremony fee

Cocktail hour with 4-5 hors devours per person

3 course seated dinner w/wine

4 hour open bar

Wedding cake


All taxes and gratuities included.

All the table/chairs/linens/dinnerware is of course included.  However, I do think we have to pay an extra fee for each bartender we use.  The parking there is also a $10 (maybe $12 now) fee per car, and we may end up footing that bill.


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