(Closed) What is your per-person cost for food?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re doing a sit-down dinner and it’s $85/pp.

Post # 4
1223 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Our venue is all inclusive; 100 adult guest count minimum (usually 140 with this venue), seperate room for cocktail hour, wedding cake, ice sculpture, 5 hour top shelf open bar, centerpieces, 4 course sit down dinner, champange toast for all guest, signature drink butlered during cocktail hour, decorated head or sweethear table, private bridal suite with drinks and food during cocktail hour, choice of colored napkins, staff in tux/white glove attire, includes tax and gratutity. We choose to go with their winter special which is saving us a HUGE discount per person by $35 per person. If it wasn’t for the winter discount we would have never been able to afford at wedding during peak season at this venue. These are our entree selections;

Chicken Marsala-$75, Prime Rib-$80, Salem-$85, Vegetarian Pyramids-$77, Kids entree-$45 per person.

We are also getting married at this venue which is costing an extra $1000, but in a seperate room from the cocktail and reception room.

Here is a link to our vendor, the cost for a wedding his higher in the Philadelphia area.


Post # 5
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

It was $100 per person but with tax and service charge in it’s roughly $130 per person.  It includes cocktail hour with a ton of food, sit down dinner with salad, appetizer, main meal and dessert, our cake and a full open bar.  It sounds like a lot but it really is a steal for where we live and a Saturday night in September. 

Post # 6
756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

$30, this includes a cocktail hour with passed hors d’ouevres and a buffet dinner with 2 entrees, 2 salads, a side, bread, and non alcoholic beverages.  It does not include alcohol or plates, chairs etc which we are renting

Post # 7
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ours was $90 per head, but it was all inclusive (venue, chairs, linens, cake, etc) except for alcohol, which they allowed us to bring in ourselves. 

It was a buffet for appetizers (cheese platters and fruit trays) and also for dinner with tri-tip, chicken, rice pilaf, cheesy potatoes, and a few salads. I was worried about it not being classy enough, but it was delicious and I think everyone was really pleased with it! 

Post # 8
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

$25.50/person for food and that includes tax and gratuity. Buffet style (we could do a plated meal for a similar cost though). $3000 food minimum and we get use of the hall (owned by the caterer) at no extra cost. It’s a steal and one of the big reasons we chose this venue. It does include dishes, tables, chairs, linens, etc. The chairs and linens aren’t up to my standards though so we’ll be bringing in different linens and covers for the chairs for the ceremony, chiavari chairs for the reception. No room flipping, there is enough space for us to divide it off separately.

We’ll probably spend another $400 or so on light appetizers just as people are meandering to their seats. We aren’t having a real cocktail hour, but there will be 20 – 30 minutes after the ceremony lets out before we enter the reception.

The $25.50 includes:

– 3 entrees
– 2 vegetables
– 1 potato or rice
– 3 “sides/salads” (things like a basic tossed salad, potato salad, broccoli salad, cottage cheese)
– Rolls
– Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Coffee
– Cake cutting & serving (but we bring in the cake separately)

I want people to be full and satisfied, but I wasn’t concerned with trying to serve super gourmet food. My budget went to other items.

Post # 9
2121 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

70 dollars pp – 3 course plated meal (soup, surf and turf main of steak and shrimp, chocolate fondant)

55 dollars pp – 5 hours open bar

Post # 10
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ours is $100 per person with tax and gratuity. It’s 5 hour open bar, tons of cocktail hour food, sit down dinner with French style service, linens and chair covers, and ceremony included. Plus they’re customizing a menu for us. They really provide a lot, so I’m happy that I won’t be having to deal with a lot of different vendors.

Post # 11
2674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our venue is all inclusive. Its $140 pp after tax and tip. That includes the food (multiple course sit down dinner with white glove service, you order at your seat), 5 hour premium open bar, cake, linens, tables, chairs, valet parking, and two rooms (one for cocktail hour one for dinner and dancing) and an outdoor area. Its a steal for NJ, but probably overpriced for the rest of the country.

Post # 13
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did a buffet that was $38 pp plus 18% gratuity, and 12% tax… so about 50 each all in.

Post # 14
1759 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think ours eneded up being around $140/pp after our upgrades. This included linens, premium host bar from 6pm-1am, 3-course plated meal, passed hors d’ouevres, bathroom baskets, golf for 9 the morning of the wedding, bridal suite, midnight meal (BBQ), etc. Tax and gratuities included.

Post # 15
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

May 27th 2013 Long Island, NY


$77pp with a 175 person minimum. Pre cocktail hr. Cocktail hr with tremendous amounts of food. 5 hr, four course sit down dinner. 5 hr top shelf bar. Linens, ice sculpture, cake and 4 different choices of dessert all included. Great deal for a holiday and a Monday.

Post # 16
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@CarolinaCola:  A lot of it is affected by where you are – prices in the south are usually lower than in the north-east, for example or on the west coast. In NC, we saw estimates from $20/pp or less (bbq/southern comfort food) to about $70/pp (plated meals with everything included).

We haven’t finalized yet but with a restaurant reception at an upscale farm to fork restaurant in our area of NC, we can either do 3 courses at $55/pp (app, main, dessert) including tea and coffee or 4 courses at $65/pp (soup or salad, second app, main, dessert). This doesn’t include wedding cake nor anything from their extremely expensive wine list and cocktail menu. Then plus 20% gratuity and then tax.

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