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

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 18
30 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

To a bride on a small budget…. that seems so very expensive! I see it as this – if you have the budget to do it, don’t worry. You DO get a lot included. Make sure they don’t charge you for cake-cutting; or negotiate. I think 105 + 130 (origionally) = $235 per head is VERY expensive.

It IS a very nice venue, but you may not need to have 3 different entre choices for instance. make it 2, or even 1. If it’s a general likeing of most people (like chicken) and I’m sure the resort makes it into a fabulous looking dish! shouldnt be a problem?….

now for 45 people – you’re origionally looking at maybe $10,575 not including other things you need.

I don’t see the point in spending TONS on a wedding, especially since we do not have parents who are paying for it. I gave myself a 10k budget. In Columbus, OH. We do, however get to use a venue where I work at no cost to rent. Just the room is no cost, and the caterer includes linenes, small centerpieces, hourdeurves, salad, meal, and icecream if we want, haha. No alcohol or No cake, but no fee either- nice. Buying our own alcohol and factoring in the cost we will probably be spening around $36 pp. And with 150 people. (and vendor meals). so about $5,760 give or take. It gives me so much room for the rest of costs and I’m so proud I’m doing very well right now on budgeting!! 😀

I bought my dress out of budget 😛 and also some accessories and nick nacs… but that was my choice. and some DIY – which I love to do. So far I’m getting the perfect beutiful wedding I would want.

Sorry for rambling! But I think that it comes down to what you feel is reasonable for your budget and self. If you feel you may be getting pipped off, ask about it.

Happy planning to you and I hope it IS Beautiful and best wishes!

Post # 19
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re paying about $75 a head and that includes a plated dinner (with 3 choices) with no dessert (first course of soup or salad is included). Wedding cake will be the dessert for now. We are having an open bar for 4 hours. The cocktail hour food is also included and that will consist of 1 station (deciding between fruit and a raw bar) and four passed hor d’oeuvres. Our venue is also near the beach with the cocktail hour on the terrace with the reception inside.

Post # 20
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

when all is said and done $200. That inlcudes served salad, served dinner, wait service, open bar, cocktail hour with passes foods and a table of food, cake cutting, cake serving AND rentals. For just food without everything else it would be like $50.

Post # 21
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

yay for all the south florida bees! Im getting married at a country club in Tamarac and we are paying $56 PP With open bar 3 menu choices linens etc its all about negotiating my ladies! 

Post # 22
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are paying $130 per person for a canepes on arrival + 3 course sit down menu

I live in australia so its interesting to see what else its like around the world. Ours is on a big hill top of a tourist park looking down onto the park and city.

Post # 23
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Okay…this makes me feel like I got a fantastic deal…$44 dollars a person and this includes:

Use of the facility

All linens/china/decorations/etc

Choice of two entrees (well I guess technically three as there is a vegetarian option)

5 hour open bar (not top shelf by any means, but I don’t care because I’m not a drinker and I figure if people are getting free alcohol, they can drink what they have there or not drink)

Shots for the bridal dance

Cake cutting service

All taxes and gratuity EXCEPT a 60 dollar bartender tip (though we will probably tip more, but this is the minimum required)

We are paying an extra 250 to get married lakeside at their gazebo and and extra 400 to have champagne on everyone’s table with a monogrammed label.


We are having approximately 145 guests.

Post # 24
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

With tax, gratuities, and bar I think it will be near $200.  On paper, just the food and the one hour of included bar was $110, IIRC.

Post # 25
6377 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We’re paying $65 per person including tax and gratuity. However, I’m getting a discount because I have a past relationship with the venue coordinator (I’ve thrown multiple bridal showers there). Our venue is located in the Adirondacks (Upstate, NY) on a gorgeous lake.

For the price we are getting the following:

5 hours limited open bar (beer, wine, soda and 2 signature drinks – carmel appletini and hard apple cider (fall themed wedding))

Cocktail Hour:
Mini Cheeseburger Sliders
French Fry Cones with a condiment bar (10 or so different sauces/toppings to use on the fries)
Imported Cheese Display
Crudite Display

Sit Down Dinner (choice of):
Grilled NY Sirloin Steak
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Pasta Primavera
(all served with salad, starch, veggies and hot rolls/butter)

This price also includes chairs, tables, linens, china, silverware, etc…

Post # 26
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m also in south florida, and my venue sounds very simlilar to yours- we’re paying $110 per head (before taxes and gratuity) which includes tables & chairs for both reception & ceremony locations, food, drinks, cake, & champagne toast. Granted, my wedding will be tiny in comparison to most, so we probably would have gone with a different venue if we’d had a larger wedding…

Post # 27
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

About $20 a plate for a high-end meal, we might lower that a bit,  but that doesn’t include the cake and just includes champagne.

The reception site is about $300 to rent including tables, chairs, linens, plates, all that. They have their own chef and gorgeous kitchen at the reception site so that has made the catering easy. 

Getting married in a small town has its advantages, looks like this is a lot cheaper than what a lot of peolpe are spending!! 

Post # 28
16 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m having my wedding about 2 hrs from new orleans, kinda small town…ours is about $35 a head, we have full catering which includes appetizers, full bar, and a buffet with carving stations… And they do all the setting up and clean up, I’m gettn a great deal!!! Lol

Post # 29
805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

FH and I hate dancing (weird I know….but I have a fused spine, and he has two left feet!) so we are doing a churrascaria instead! It started as a tradition for us when we first started dating that all of our special meals were celebrated with this type of restaraunt so I’m THRILLED! Plus we don’t have to worry about music, decor, catering, parking, etc! We are paying $54 per head for a seated dinner. That includes everything (gratuitiy, drinks, room, etc). It’s all you can eat too! And all the servers are dressed in Brazilian outfits and serve the meats on these big long skewers with big knives (it’s kind of theatrical). My favorite is a garlic sirloin (yum!) and my FH’s fave is the bacon wrapped filet mignon (of course!).

Post # 30
15 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are paying about $11.70 pp.  That includes open bar and heavy hor d’ourves only.  Opted for a cocktail style reception 🙂

Reception space is $200 to rent which includes all linens, tables, clean up and we are able to setup Friday night!

Post # 31
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Actually just posted this in another thread.  My wedding was $225 per person – Our venue was The W Hotel in New York City.  So the $175 included:

Cocktail Hour – 8 passed apps, pasta station, meet & cheese station

Main Course – Soup and Filet or Salmon

Wedding Cake

Also top-shelf open bar for 6 hours

With tax 8.75% and 22% mandatory gratuity, that added another $50, taking the whole total to $225 a head.

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