(Closed) What are you paying per head for your reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Your venue sounds amazing! Based off your description I would say that you are getting a great deal! I would say if your worried about the cost but don’t want to change your venue, I would look at your guest list. Is there anyone on it that your iffy about? We went with this choice and agreed on 25 people. This was a tough descision but ultimaltly we are sharing our marriage with the most important people in our lives.

Anyway, I’m on the opposite coast, in Oregon. I think weddings tend to be cheaper in the NW but I’m not sure. We are getting married at a hotel in Downtown Portland and  paying about $100 per head for 4 different appetizers, a new york steak (chicken and fish options will be about $85 per head), for the children and the guests that don’t drink, a full non-alcoholic beverage service or three premium cocktails/beer. Alcohol is the touchy area, to keep the cost down we are choosing to stock the bar with only a few types of alcohol and ‘recommending’ drinks so that we don’t run over on our bar tab.

I think your fine! It will be a great time and worth the money!

Post # 4
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Wow. We’re paying about $25-$30 a head for buffet for 150…but we are hiring a culinary college. That’s also before tax and any gratuity, and also without cake and alcohol.

Of course, we are also at a NON-all-inclusive venue, meaning that I’ll need to hire my own bartenders/DJ/coordinator and pay to rent the space. And the fact that we’re at a community center in Tulsa, Oklahoma makes it quite a bit cheaper, too. Guess it’s like comparing apples and oranges….

Post # 5
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

About $110 per person, includes brunch buffet, semi-open bar and nonalcoholic beverages, wedding cake, tax and gratuity.

Post # 6
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it’s pretty darn fair!

We are paying $145 a head and getting 1 hour open bar for cocktail hour, two plated and three passed hors d’oeveres, soup or salad, surf and turf dinner with starch and vegetable, champagne toast, wine service during dinner, and our cake. It also includes our linens.

This is in Southern Maine.

Post # 7
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My reception is at a hotel and we are picking 2 dishes out of their ‘dual entree’ plates to offer with salad and soup and bread etc, with 4 hour open bar, premium liquor, 5 hot or cold butler passed hors d’Oeuvres, champagne or asti spumante toast for everything, we have the ballroom until 1am even if we don’t extend the bar and we are getting 3 free rooms to use anytime that weekend and a special room for the bridal party to use during cocktails for the guest. They do not provide the cake so we are bringing one in, and they do not charge to cut it. Our total cost per head is about $73. We were offered incentives to book when we did, so depending on which one we choose, we may get some $ off that cost and if I decide to not use the ‘provided’ florist that allots me $35 per table in centerpieces that will also come off that $73.  I can see why you think your cost is a little high, but that may be due to location or time. There were a few places I looked at where their prices were close to what you’re paying and didn’t even include half of what I’m getting now.

Post # 8
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

sounds very fair to me.  also, amazing and beautiful.  i’m completely jealous.  we received a great deal…$90 a head w/cake, centerpieces, tax & gratuity included.  most places in the philadelphia area start at $125 a head with out the extras we are receiving.   it helps that we shopped around, are having the reception at a restaurant, and are having the wedding on a friday night. 

Post # 9
374 posts
Helper bee

That sounds about right plus it is Florida at the end of the season, but still in season.  Do cupcakes instead of cake and that will cut down some of the add on expense because you won’t have to pay for a cutting fee.

I think that’s actually right where people have to pay nowadays because you haven’t factored in the music which raises the actual cost pp. for your wedding.  But for what you are getting, it is a good deal. Price pp depends also on what you get for that dollar.  You are getting alot so you can’t compare your price pp with someone else’s in Fort Lauderdale.  It may cost less, buit they get less.  And that your venue was willing to work with you on price, you got yoruself a good price for a fantastic menu and beverage plan.

A plus for shopping!

Post # 10
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

lol, i grumbled about paying $30 per person!  but that’s because i am at an all-inclusive resort where we eat for free all day every day, but for weddings that charge you for the meals!  i can almost understand that, but i don’t understand being charged for alcohol during dinner when its available unlimited all over the resort!

to the OP, your wedding sounds pretty fancy though, so based on where i am from (big city), that sounds about right. i would have even guessed a little higher for all that!

Post # 11
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

$120 per plate, includes venue, 6 course meal, full open bar and sweet table

Post # 12
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

To OP…I am a little farther north than you (Melbourne) and we are paying about $34 per person just for the caterer…that does not include the facility rental, drinks or cake. After I figured all that in, we are paying about $55 person. We are having our reception in a clubhouse on the beach (Pelican Beach Clubhouse) for about 60 people. I think a couple of things that are saving us a ton is we decided to do heavy hors d’oeurvres instead of a 3-course meal and we are not serving liquor…just beer, wine and soda. I am happy with it though. 🙂

Post # 13
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are paying $32 a head.  Granted we are not having an open bar and wedding cake is not included in that.  It is a served meal, though they don’t get a choice of the entree.  If we did decide to give them a choice of 2 entrees I believe the price would be $42 a head. This is a little outside of St.Louis.  Hors d’oeurvres are also be served ‘complimentary’ of the venue, though I’m sure we payed for those somewhere in the cost of reserving it. 

Post # 14
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Based off what you are getting, the venue and location you are getting a good deal!

Post # 15
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sounds about right… But I am so excited to see another Fort Lauderdale Bee YAY!!!!

I live in Boca and will be having my wedding their too but it’s nice to know there’s more people on here in the area. I have an amazing photgrapher that is sooooo resonable with prices I can send you pics from our engagement and my calendar shot and give you her info if you private message me, that may help with your budget. And my cake is only $250 for 85 people (3 tier) a lady in Palm Beach Gardens is doing it I can send you her info.

I am only paying $33 pp but that’s because it only includes the food (3 types appts, buffet,  chicken, steak, veggies, rolls, salad and top shelf open bar. But you  have to remember I still have to rent chairs, linens, everything my venue offers nothing it’s not a traditional venue so I am doing everyting a la carte. I got a great deal becuase I am a mega bargain shopper and the company just started the catering biz they used to only do bartending services so I caught them before they got the big head. Now their prices are higher.

Point being when you book A.) on the beach B.) at a hotel you will always pay at least $89pp. And you rprobably don’t have to rent chairs and linens do you? (for me that’s another $500) So don’t feel ripped off you have a luxurious venue!

Post # 16
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We got our dream venue with a Winter Discount and Sunday Discount as well! So that took us from $100/person to $75/person with a 75 guest minimum! PERFECT! I love that I am saving so much and still getting my dream wedding!! =) And that is all inclusive, free flowing wine, champagne and soft drinks, coffee station, cake, buffet/sit down meal, ceremony, pianist, tent reception, centerpieces and choice of color linens!

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