(Closed) Saturday Night Venue–What was your after tax cost per person for your wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How much are you paying per person INCLUDING additional fees (tax and admin)
    $1-$50 : (4 votes)
    9 %
    $50-$75 : (3 votes)
    7 %
    $75-$100 : (6 votes)
    14 %
    $100-$125 : (9 votes)
    20 %
    $125-$150 : (8 votes)
    18 %
    $150-$175 : (6 votes)
    14 %
    $175-$200 : (4 votes)
    9 %
    $200-$225 : (2 votes)
    5 %
    $225-$250 : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    962 posts
    Busy bee

    We have an all inclusive venue (food, drink and venue are all included). Per person it is about $160. This excludes music, flowers, decorations, etc. This is just the cost per head for food, alcohol and venue

    Post # 5
    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Are we just talking for food and drinks?

    Post # 7
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Our per plate cost at the venue ranged from $8 for kids up to $17 for our most expensive dish. By the time the 4 kegs and punch, etc, was thrown on with tax, I think it ended up being about $28/guest. This included linens, napkins, salad, dinner, coffee/milk/water, head table set up and back drop, etc. Our centerpieces and such were our own, and the DJ was there for dinner music because of a deal we got, but it was also covered in the venue cost, as well.

    However, we did not have an open bar, just open kegs as long as they lasted (not long, we party hard!). If you incorporate just the inside bar tab for our crew, it probably bumps the total to $33/guest, but I know that they drank even more at the actual hotel bar right outside of the hall. Not enough to get us to $50/person, though.

    Post # 8
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Ours is 110 per person before taxes and 139.70 after taxes and fees. It includes cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, cake, linens, tables and chairs. It doesn’t include decorations, flowers, music or the ceremony. And this is in NJ in August on a Satudray. Most of the comparable places were a lot more and included less.

    ETA: Kids under 12 are half price and kids under 5 are free.

    Post # 9
    17 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014

    IF we do the vienese hour which is FI’s only request, with tax and grat. we’re at 216pp

    Post # 10
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Ours was was just over $200 a person after taxes and service fees. That 22% will kill you!

    Post # 11
    21 posts
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Ours is $28pp for a family style dinner, inclusive of everything except cake/alcohol (which we’re providing). 

    Post # 12
    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We’re landing around $135 per person for food, space, rentals, booze, cake, centerpieces.  


    My venue is NOT inclusive at all, so this is the venue + preferred caterer + outside cake and centerpieces + tax.

    Post # 13
    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My cost includes food, alcohol, lines, tables, chairs, and venue (but no cake) and my cost per person after taxes and gratuity is $100.33 and here is the menu:

    One Hour Butlered hors d´oeuvres
    Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
    Oriental Egg Rolls with Duck Sauce
    Petite Quiche Lorraine
    Scallops wrapped in Bacon

    Caesar Salad

    Maryland Crab Cake with Filet Mignon

    Menu is subject to change

    Post # 14
    1652 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    Ours will be about $160 per person – that may go up or down depending on how many people actually attend, but it’s based on my estimated number in attandance.  The place is all-inclusive, and includes the venue (both ceremony and reception), food, alcohol, cake, valet parking, and even a DJ.  That number factors in tax but not service charges (which they don’t charge).

    Post # 15
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    ours is $95/pp. including deluxe antipasto bar, and deluxe open bar, champagne for toasting, 2 pastas, veal chop w/ sides, salad, seafood platter, dessert, then deluxe sweet table afterwards, for sat night, for 200-250 pple. 

    we got a great deal by marrying off season, bartering, and cashnotax deal. normally in our area nice halls, start at 110 in prime season.

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