(Closed) What is catering costing you per person?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: Catering per person (what are you or did you pay)
    $0-10 : (9 votes)
    7 %
    $11-20 : (17 votes)
    13 %
    $21-30 : (20 votes)
    15 %
    $31-40 : (11 votes)
    8 %
    $41-50 : (13 votes)
    10 %
    $51-60 : (12 votes)
    9 %
    $61-70 : (10 votes)
    8 %
    $71-80 : (7 votes)
    5 %
    $80 + : (32 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Are we including alcohol or not?

    Ours is at a country club and it’s going to end up being about $50 per person including alcohol. Without alcohol, it’s about $35 or so.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Might have to detail what’s included. For example, with or without bar? Because my total cost per head includes: cocktail hour with passed hors’d., full open bar and plated dinner… so there’s a lot included (and it adds up quickly!)

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @pinkpinstripes: I forgot to add in hors’d….I guess that ups the cost a bit.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    Our catering is $75pp. That includes all food (including hors d’oeuvres but NOT including dessert), all non-alcholic beverages, and staff. Since our wedding is off-site, it also includes table and chair rentals, linens, silverware, dishes and glasses.

    It doesn’t include booze.

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    $20 per person. This doesnt’ include alcohol (we’re doing an open bar through a different company).

    This includes:

    • Unlimited food/servings for all our guests (It’s a BBQ style meal with steak, prawns, chicken and salad)
    • Supply and clean up of plates and dinnerwear

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    MIne includes tax, gratuity, hors dourves, raw bar, full open bar and tips…  a little over $100 per person….

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    I just did some math – with what we’re paying for booze and cake, we’ll be paying $90 pp total.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    we are at $130 pp all in. Include 5 hr open bar, hirs d’oeuvres, gratuity and service charge.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Oye, I forgot to include cake.

    Ok so for hord’s, a buffet with prime rib and chicken, salad bar, sides, a dessert bar, a cocktail hour, cake, and alcohol ours is running about $60 per person.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I clicked $41 to $50 because my food per person is $38, plus tax and tip. If I add the cost of the bar, for which I’m bringing in my own alcohol and bartenders, the cost is another $10 per person. Add dessert bar, and it’s another $8 per person. Finally, for the rentals I had to get because my place doesn’t come with those included, its about another $5 per person.

    So grand total is right around $67 per person.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Ours is running us $150 per head, but it’s the 10.25% Chicago sales tax and 22% service charge that kills…making it $200 pp.  This includes passed hors’d, champagne toast, full open bar, and 4 course sit down dinner.  We’ll let guests choose a fish or beef entree.  Children under 12 will run us $35 per head thank goodness, plus the tax and service too. 

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I initially clicked on $11 – $20, but after including tableware/flatware, alcohol, and servers, it’ll be closer to $25 or $30, which I still think is pretty good considering that I’m looking at 250 people for a served buffet.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We are about 245 pp, including cocktail hour, hors dourves, 4 course dinner, dessert, and alcohol, (plus tax and tip).  A lot more then I thought it would be but I am told pretty normal for NYC.  

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    $30 a person including hors d’oeuvres, cake and non alcoholic drinks.  Alcohol is open but by consumption, so we won’t know that exact cost until the day of (though of course we are having them keep us updated on the running tab so it doesn’t get too high for us to handle!)

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