Sticker Shock??

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Not exact on our figure yet, but our catering will be somewhere between 6 to 7k for a buffet. This is Minneapolis. 

Post # 3
1263 posts
Bumble bee

We paid about 3k for 55 people. That included 3 passed apps, a cheese and cracker display, soup, salad and choice of prime rib or chicken. It was definitely the priciest item for our wedding.

Post # 4
1399 posts
Bumble bee

I think we’re about $20-ish per person for food, dessert, and nonalcoholic beverages. But I don’t know exactly without looking at my contract.

Post # 5
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

Ours is $95 per person (including taxes) for a sit-down dinner (which was actually less expensive than a buffet). We are expecting 100 guests.

Post # 6
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We are using Endive for catering (in the Atlanta area). We also did a tasting with Simply Catering. We went with Endive because they do a bulk of the cooking on site and were closer to the venue (so less time with food spent in transit).

For ~150 people, it costs ~$68 pp, not including tax and gratuity. We are having 3 passed appetizers, a buffet with 6 items (one salad, 2 meats, and 3 sides). The cost also includes linens, silverware/ plates/ glassware, water service, and full bar set-up (they will be the bartenders and bring all mixers, and we bring in the alcohol). They gave a very detailed proposal, and honestly, I was shocked because food is only ~50% of the cost. All the other stuff (set-up, bartenders, equipment, etc.) is pricey and adds up.

ETA: Throughout the whole process, we’ve been pretty upfront about what we want to pay per person. A good caterer will work with you. Endive has been incredibly flexible with our requests and helping stay within our budget.

Post # 7
1258 posts
Bumble bee

Our reception was in the private room of a restaurant.  We paid about $100/person, including open bar.  It was in December so we got a bit of a price break.

Post # 8
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I’m in Florida, guest count is 180. For passed appetizers, buffet, and open bar, we were quoted:

4Rivers BBQ/Southern style – $9200 for initial quote which includes bar service. Alcohol is BYO and I’m budgeting for $10,000 with our minor changes. They have an Atlanta location, their catering menu is pretty standard fare, not casual bbq sandwiches, I hope they cater in your area!
Fancy caterer – $20,000 / $113 per head with tax + 23% svc charge
Popular/standard caterer – $19,620 / $109 per head w/ tax + 20% svc
Newer co., locally-sourced food – $12,621 for food and bar service (BYO alcohol) or $70 per head 

Post # 9
2842 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

We live in an extremely low cost of living (rural) area and we are paying right at $1000 for 100 people. We wanted something delicious but budget friendly so we are doing pulled bbq, marinated chicken breasts from the local meat locker (they are soooooo delicious!), fresh garden green beans, macaroni and cheese, and homemade potato salad. Our caterer is also close with my parents so we are getting a slight discount. 

Post # 10
566 posts
Busy bee

We’ll be dishing out 6k for about 40-50 people.. cheapest venue & food we found for August of this year! This is in Western Canada. Sorry can’t help in terms of Atlanta, but its certainly interesting to see what other’s are paying in different places. 

Post # 11
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

We are around $24/head on a buffet. Which is more than I wanted to spend… Here I was thinking I was doing a $17/head buffet until I did the math. Bah! Right now we are planning on 240, but after we did a will “they/won’t they” round with the guest list, we figure that we are going to have about 160 that will for sure show up. We decided to get away from the same “chicken/salad/roll/hot side” menu, and went crazy choosing bites for people to eat that had a really great variety.

It includes:

3 antipasto trays (cocktail hour)

2 salads to choose from

Beef mini-cocktail pasties (a Butte, America tradition)

Beef Chimichurri Skewers

Fruity Bruschetta

Cheeseburger and pulled pork sliders

Chicken, Egg salad, and cucumber Silver dollar sandwiches

Bacon wrapped Apple Rumaki

Crab cakes

Bacon wrapped chicken skewers


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