(Closed) What are you paying for food?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It completely depends on where you are.  We’re paying about four times that (our bar tab is per drink and we won’t know the total until everyone’s finished drinking).  I think that’s a great deal either way!

Post # 4
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We’re at $50 per person with food including passed apps, really nice buffet, all rentals, staffing, etc.  Add cake and it goes up $4.85.  Add booze… well, I don’t even want to think about it as it’s consumption based.

Post # 5
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We paid $110 per person for passed apps and a 4 course plated meal. It included all service, linens, china, silverware, taxes, and gratuities. All food was organic and locally sourced, which was very important to us.

Post # 6
1473 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We got a great deal and we are only paying $11.99 for the food. And with linens and silverware, it is still only $13.99. Our alcohol which is through the art museum where our recpetion is has a vendor’s license and they are charging up $12 per person. So with food, alcohol, linens and silverware it is only $25.99 a person and that’s pretty decent around my area!

Post # 7
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re around $26 per person for dinner, apps and non-alcoholic drinks (our alcohol is separate and semi-DIY) but it is a buffet and we’re in a fairly low cost of living area and it won’t be really involved food. I don’t think what you quoted is unreasonable.

Post # 8
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

we are paying 90 a plate. that includes apps, antipasto bar, two pastas, entree w meat, dessert, late night sweet table, and an open bar. it includes linens, and taxes. 


Post # 9
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We paid $19 per person for everything including alcohol.

Post # 10
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our package was $76 p/person including tax and gratuity for a formal sit down. It included…

  • Limited open bar (beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea) for the cocktail hour and reception 
  • Butler passed apps: beef hibachi skewers, wild mushroom risotto served in Asian spoons
  • Stationed apps: imported cheese display, crudité and dip
  • Salad bouquet: they serve the salads in a bowl type of thing made out of cucumbers. They’re pretty funky.
  • Entree choice of Chicken Cordon Bleu or NY strip served with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and butter

Our venue handled the cake cutting, late night snack set up (apple cider donuts and mini milk cartons) and threw in chair covers (normally $8 p/person) all for free.

Our cake and late night snack were arranged separately. Our cake was almost $9 per slice and the late night snack was around $3 p/person. 

Grand total to feed our guests: $88 per person. Yikes!

Post # 11
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Lol I am prolly not as helpful because were having a local favorite Mexican restaurant with AWESOME food cater our wedding for about nine bucks a person. The alcohol we are doing ourselves so add on about 2 bucks per person. no apps or anything. To me your menu sounds really expensive, but then again I live in rural Minnesota so who knows.

Post # 12
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our dinner was $19 per person. If we would have had an open bar it would have added $11, the cake was about $2.

Post # 13
3297 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat



That is terrifying :O


For the venue we want, a full course meal is $29 pp. I think for drinks we are going to have wine and beer, and a regular pay bar for anyone who wants specialty drinks.

Post # 14
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Chicken and vegetarian dishes were $75/each.

Steak/fish combo plate was $95/each.

The price included 3 passed appetizers choices (bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, and mini beef wellingtons) and salad (we choose Caprese). 

4 hrs open bar was $58/per person.

Everything had an additional 22% tax plus 6% gratuity added onIto the base price.

Cake/dessert was a separate cost.

Wedding was on Sanibel Island in FL.


Post # 15
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Eek…just read the rest of the responses.  Seems like we paid a lot more than everyone else.  And we picked a venue on the Island that was less expensive thanether place we really wanted to get married at.  

Post # 16
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re looking at $5,300 for 100 people. This includes $1,000 towards an open bar, and $43/person. This is also including everything: linens, chairs, tables, security, catering, dance floor, waiters/waitresses/bartender, china, and is the more expensive catering option–carving tables. 

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