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

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 62
3974 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We are paying $60 per head (plus taxes and gratuity), which includes the venue for the ceremony and the reception, our “cocktail hour” (which includes spiced hot chocolate and hot apple cider and maple taffy) and the all you can eat meal. Wine is about $500 on top of that

Based on what you’ve described, it sounds like the price is about right fr what you’re getting.

Post # 64
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

$52 a person. 

$48+$4(for an extra hour) includes: 4 hours, buffet style dinner, all brands liquor, tax and gratuity.

Post # 65
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our reception is in Livermore, CA and it will be about $80 per person, plus 20% gratuity and 10% sales tax (can you believe we’re paying sales tax ON THE GRATUITY??)

Oh yes, plus a venue fee of $2400.

I’m not sure why I was so delusional, but I thought a nice reception could be had for about $50 per person? My logic was that if we took everyone out for a nice dinner at a somewhat fancy restaurant, it would be about $50. Boy was I wrong.

For sure we could have found other places that would cost way less, but good reception food and location was absolutely #1 on our list, so there it goes.

Post # 66
4 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Vickey2OOO:  That is quite a deal you got!

We’re getting married on a yacht in NYC and the cost will be $133 per person.  For prices in these parts, we think we’re getting a pretty good deal.


Tax, crew fee, docking fees


Ivory linens

5-6 passed hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour

Open bar with top shelf liquor

Champagne toast

Seated or buffet dinner – salad, choice of 2 entrees, wine, tea, coffee

Wedding cake

4 hour cruise around Manhattan!

Post # 67
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yikes!! I don’t know what we would do if we lived in a bigger city!

Dinner will be about $28 – $35 a plate.

We’ll probably spend $5 – $8 per person for cocktail hour food.

Corkage/booze service is $10.95

So we’re looking at around $54.00 at the top end.

We have to purchase the alcohol as well, but we get the liquor license and we’ll return all the unused bottles.

Post # 68
90 posts
Worker bee

For our vow renewal we are paying $155 per head and that includes taxes and gratuities. Our ceremony and reception will be held on a yacht. The per head price includes:



  • 5 Hours Yacht Time (4 hrs Cruising Time and 1 hr for Changing and Set-up)
  • Choices of Fashionable Chair Cover, Sash, Tablecloth & Napkin Ensembles
  • Complimentary Champagne Upon Boarding
  • White Glove-Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • On Board Personal Cruise Director
  • Wedding Cake
  • Wedding Decorator Package
  • Elegant China, Glassware and Silverware
  • Hosted Standard Bar
  • Wedding Ceremony Performed by Licensed, Uniformed Captain
  • Buffet Menu

    White Glove-Passed Appetizers
     4 differant kinds of appetizers

    2 entrees

    1 salad

    Starch and veggies

    Dinner rolls

    Post # 69
    33 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @Vickey2OOO: If you don’t mind me asking.. were are you getting married in Westchester?? You got a great deal.


    We are paying $155 a plate which includes tax and gratuity

    All tables, chairs and linens included.

    Cocktail hour incudes 2 pasta stations, a pig, 2 carving stations, a fresh mozzorella station, passed hor d’oeuvres, 10 chaffing dishes, and 2 grilling stations, and a louge martini bar

    Dinner is a choice of 9 entrees

    Also included with dinner is salad, pasta, vegtable and potate.

    Our cake is also included

    and we are having vienese hour

    all alcohol is included



    Post # 70
    21 posts
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We did buffet style dinner in DC area, with open bar for about $55 per person.  I thought it was an amazing deal.  Linens, tables, etc., all included. I bought cake separately.

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