Post # 1
There is always a lot of talk about the cost of weddings and it seems to vary greatly across the boards. For fun I was wondering where you are having your wedding and what the cost per person is for your reception (not including dj, photographer etc.)
I am from Boston but am having my reception in Southern, New Husband to save money. The lowest price plate starts at $80 per person. Once we added on the bar and the tax and gratuity (27%), it comes to about $140 per person just for food and drink.
Post # 3
Maybe its a good idea to pst your menu also that way we can see what people are getting for that $. For $32 PP in South Portland Maine not including tax, tip or any drinks
Tossed Green Salad
Penne Pasta Sautéed mushrooms, spinach in tomato sauce
Pork Loin with sundried tomato and rosemary demi-glace
Roasted Potatoes With oregano, cracked pepper, and olive oil
Italian Lemon Mist Cake
Triple Chocolate Cake
Post # 4
Our food is pretty cheap ($23 per person) and we can bring in our own alcohol (woohoo) but our venue does everything kind of piece-meal. Like there is a venue fee, staffing fee, renting the china and barware, etc. Overall for EVERYTHING for the reception (food, bev, rentals, tax, gratuity… but not including decorations or cake) we’re paying about $7,500 for 110 people. Which comes out to $68/person.
That is factoring in us bringing in about $750 worth of beer and wine (no liquor) and the following menu:
veggies and dip
fruit and cheese/crackers
chicken and veggie lettuce wraps
chicken and veggie eggrolls
general tso’s chicken
lo mein noodles
beef and chicken fajitas
chicken and cheese/onion enchiladas
rice and beans
Note: this includes the extra charge to hold the ceremony in the same location as well.
Post # 5
Our wedding was in Houston.
Passed hors d’oeuvres- bruschetta & mini crab cakes
Salad- mixed greens with grilled apples, gorgonzola, cherry totatoes, & walnuts
Dual entree (seated)- Filet mignon with grilled shrimp & parmesan crusted chicken served with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus
$48 for dinner + $20 for open beer/wine = $68
+ 20% service/gratuity and 8.25% sales tax (on food only)
TOTAL: $85 per person
Our only other expenses for the reception were a $250 room fee, $700 dance floor rental, and $5 per car.
Post # 6
We had our wedding at a hotel.
We decided to go with a plated meal instead of buffet for $23 per person. Bar was $2 per drink for guests then DH’s parents picked up the other $3 of the drink cost.
Post # 7
WOW – Maybe I should have rethought the getting married in New York City thing. Our is $150/person for food and drink. That is concidered cheap because it is in the middle of January. Our venue is normally $225/person. And it isn’t even in a really fancy place. I am pretty sure the Plaza is $700/person just for food and drink.
Post # 8
We are having our wedding in Gray Maine. Our’s is going to be about $15pp and is bbq/smokehouse themed food.
Double Baked Mac n’ Cheese
Scallops w/ bacon
Roasted Red Potato Salad with Bacon and herbs
Corn Fiesta Salad
Post # 9
Forgot to add all non-alcoholic drinks are included and since it is bbq themed we made it byob for our guests who would like to drink, with the exception of the champange we are supplying for the toasts!
Post # 10
Your dinners all sound delicious!
Post # 11
Brooklyn, NYC at $120pp plus tax and gratuity. That price is a 3 course meal, cocktail hour, all drinks and champagne toast. So, not too bad.
Post # 12
@magilnyc: Hey fellow NYC bride!Where is your venue? I havent chosen one yet…
Post # 13
Our wedding is in Cleveland, Ohio and our per person about is $90. We got a 10% discount because our wedding is on a Sunday, so our person will end up being $85 with tax and gratuity.
The per person costs covers an open bar for 4 hours, 3 passed hors d’oeuvres, cheese and fruit station, plated meal and coffee/tea station.
Post # 14
Passed Hor’Dourves – Coconut Shrimp, Veggie Spring Rolls, Mini Beef Wellington, Lobster and goat cheese in puff pastry
Filet Mignon w/ bearnaise w/ whipped potatos
Salmon w/ Orange Basil Sauce w/ rice
Chicken with newcastle brown ale sauce with whipped potatos
Full open bar for 4 hours
Post # 15
Our food is $30 per person plus the 20% service charge and 8.25% tax, the open bar is $22 plus service fee/tax per person. If you were to actually divide up the cost of everything for the wedding, though, it would be, sadly, $400 per person ($27,000 for 66 people). Our venue is realllly expensive, and we are spending about $2500 for our hotel for the week and a half leading up to the wedding, since the wedding is in San Diego and we live in Boston (that money is included in the per head could for the whole shebang)
Post # 16
@nycbrde2011: Bridewaters at the Seaport. I also loved the Central Park boathouse. Dykers beach Golf Course in Brooklyn is also nice and less expensive if you like the country club feel.