Post # 1
I just want to get a feel for what everyone is paying for food. I recently told someone how much our reception dinner is going to cost and they flipped their freaking lid. I think we’re getting a great deal (or at least a normal rate). We had a tight budget for this wedding, so we’re not paying for alcohol, but I still don’t think we’re paying too much. I’m interested in knowing what some of you are paying for food/beverages, and if you think our costs are reasonable.
Appetizers (for our guests while we take photos) are about $5 PP.
The plated dinner (including a salad and bread course) is $30-$35 PP.
Unlimited tea/soda is $2 PP.
Post # 3
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
We paid $19 per person for everything including alcohol.
Post # 10
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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.