(Closed) What did you spend on catering and what all is included?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: What did you spend on catering?
    Under $1000 : (4 votes)
    5 %
    $1000-$2500 : (15 votes)
    18 %
    $2500-$5000 : (25 votes)
    30 %
    Over $5000 : (40 votes)
    48 %
  • Post # 3
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We’ll be spending just over $5000 (like $5006) and that includes:

    • hot canapes and cold canapes (20 dozen pieces) (half of these are fancy things, half of them are not)
    • 2 large cheese trays
    • 2 large fruit trays
    • 2 large vegetable trays
    • 20 bottles of wine (no corking fees)
    • 80 plated dinner meals: salad, main (chicken, salmon) and a dessert (and bread/butter)
    • all service fees (all setup, service, take down)
    • all gratuities
    • 10 hours of bertender service (cleanup and tear down)
    • all taxes (13% in my area)
    • an extra 5% because of my venue
    • all rentals (linens, glassware, dishware, etc.)

    I thought that was pretty good. It works out to about $63/person total which for a really nice dinner out somewhere with 2 glasses of wine, is decent.

    Post # 4
    1271 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We are spending over $5000 for a four course dinner (Served), plus hors d’oeuvres (passed) plus bar service. Our food is french fusion and its app. $67/pp [not including taxes + tip]. Because we’ve used this caterer/restaurant for a number of family functions he is throwing in the hors d’oeuvres for free. His food is divine and I am sooo excited for it!

    Post # 5
    9549 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    $14.50 per person for dinner. $5 per person for 1 each of 3 hot hors d’oeuvres (which willl be supplimmented by our DIY options). Plus %20 service fee and %6 tax.

    Post # 6
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    A little over 3000 for 50 and it is: 10 hors d’oeuvr, non alcoholic drinks, barman for the alcohol that I can buy, personnel and rentals (tables, linens, dinnerware, oven rental for the prep kitchen)



    Post # 7
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    we have the sheraton hotel,which will include a

    cocktail hour with buttlerd(sp?)hors d’oeuvres and 2 food stations,

    sit down dinner,

    beer and wine for 4 1/2 hours

    all tablecloths,napkins,dinnerware

    center pieces


    champane toast for all guest

     a suite for the night for my husband and i with a bottle of champane and maybe rose petals everywere

    a ceremony room and a bridal suite

    all tax,tips included

    we are only paying $75 a person,right now we are paying for 60 people and it might go up before i send out my invitations,but at 60 people i think we are around $4800.

    i hope not to go over $6000 for my total wedding buget and that will include my dress(almost paid off),my sons tux,daughters Maid/Matron of Honor dress(already paid),bouquets flowers for myself and my 4 girls,and other flowers for the bridal party and parents(silk flowers from a florist from ebay),my make up(im doing myself)my shoes,our DJ,photographer(both are friends and getting a great deal)officant,and im looking into a videographer,so we might go a little over $6000,but i hope not much

    Post # 8
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    over $5000 (about $5500) for approx 50 guests (buffet).  This includes:

    • fruit and cheese trays
    • vegetable crudites
    • appetizers: chipotle bbq wings, spanikopita, mushroom and fontina cheese puffs
    • mixed green salad
    • garlic mashed potatoes
    • grilled chicken breast with creole sauce
    • sliced sirloin in garlic cabernet sauce
    • farmer’s market vegetable medley
    • cake
    • 4 hours open bar
    • all rentals (linens, glassware, dishware, etc.)
    • bartenders, servers, etc
    • set up/clean up
    • tax (8.25%)
    • gratuities
    • ceremony location (set up, tear down, etc)

    Since my venue is also the hotel my guests are staying at, they’re also handing out my Out of Town bags for me.  Since most of our guest list is traveling in from out of state, having everything at one location has made it really easy to coordinate things.


    Post # 9
    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We’re spending around $4500 for 160 guests. We’re having a buffet with:


    3 passed apps

    3 entrees

    3 sides (veggies/starch/salad)

    set-up, tear-down

    bartender to serve wine


    servers to replenish buffet



    We personally think we’re getting a great deal, cause the food choices are delicious!


    Post # 10
    3296 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

    $26.95 pp and includes all linens, glassware, flatware, etc…

    Tomato mozzarella salad and Caesar salad

    Marinated artichoke salad and Olive tapenade

    Meat lasagna

    Gnocchi with tomato and herbs

    Eggplant Parmesan

    Garlic bread

    Tiramisu and assorted cheesecake

    Tea and coffee

    The chef offers a pretty wide variety of foods, so we may change our mind after the tasting ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 11
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Our food and beverage is 5200 for 60 people That includes:

    A fruit and cheese tree (yes, tree!)

    Shrimp cocktail

    crab fritters


    island salad with mango’s, walnuts and feta cheese

    roasted red skin potatoes

    chicken, mahi mahi, prime rib station

    open bar with call liquor

    That includes gratuity, but its about 1,500 more for the site fee and all the extra decorations, etc. that we added (we are having our ceremony here too though) but the food only was 5,200

    Post # 12
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013


    Unlimited Apps for 1 hour (7 choices)


    Duo Pasta

    Chicken and Salmon combination entree


    Midnight Seafood and sweets buffet Inc. Baby Lobster, Crab, Shrimp and 2 ice sculptures

    Full open bar from 5pm to 1am

    Price is for 200 adults ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also includes all linens, set up, takedown, decor for head table etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 13
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    $3800 for 50 people

    Breakfast buffet

    Assorted egg tortas (3 diff kinds)

    Baked brioche French toast casserole 

    Bacon, sausage, homefries skillet 

    Assorted mini muffins, scones, and pastries

    Seasonal fresh fruit selection

    3 different juices, milk, and a coffee bar

    Kitchen setup

    Chef, manager, 2 waitstaff

    Specialty rentals (fancy china and flatware)

    Table linens

    Complete setup and breakdown 

    Post # 14
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    $1700 for 80 guests. There’s a brisquet, three vegetables, a vegetarian option, fruits, drinks and all of the utensils and plates are included. We haven’t finalized the final menu yet, but that is the estimate that seh gave us for just a basic meal. 

    Post # 15
    4687 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I’m seriously jelly of all your catering fees. NY is so goddamn expensive.

    $11,200 for 120 people (YIKES) but it includes a lot:

    • alcohol- full open bar 4 hours
    • day of coordinator
    • basic linens (I ordered more)
    • 6 hand passed apps for cocktail hour
    • veggie/ fruit/ cheese/ cold station
    • champagne toast
    • all tips and cork fees
    • bartenders
    • tax
    • cake
    • 3 course meal- bread/ salad
    • choice of 4 apps- crab stuffed haddock, filet, chicken francaise, or eggplant parmesean
    • rehearsal coordinator
    • set up
    • clean up

    we have to do nothing but show up and be wined and dined! But it’ll cost us lol


    @Elky:  1am?!!!! awesomeeeeee! mine’s only til 1030 ๐Ÿ™

    Post # 16
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We’re spending about $6200. That includes:

    Selection of 4 canapes (melon and parma ham; smoked haddock fishcakes; tomato, mozzarella and pesto en croute; baked figs wrapped in bacon) for 52 people

    3 course wedding breakfast (starter TBC; main course is a choice of pan-fried salmon fillet, with spring onion and herb crushed potato and white wine veloute, coq au vin or sirloin steak (both served with wilted spinach and sauteed potatoes), or spinach, ricotta and wild mushroom lasagne; and a dessert of apple tart tatin with vanilla ice-cream), again for 52 people

    Evening buffet for 80 covers, with 5 different choices; choices TBC.


    England is not cheap :-s

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