(Closed) Where is your wedding and how much are you paying per person?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 47
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re getting married in Brooklyn, NY for 120 pp, which includes full premium open bar, 8 appetizers, salad, pasta, choice of chicken/salmon/steak, and cake/cookies/ice cream.

Post # 48
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had a little reception at the college’s conference center, but no alcohol. Then we had a pig roast (with all the trimmings)the next day with keggers and other assorted beverages. So I am going to guesstimate about $30 pp.

Post # 49
46 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

$20 pp for food and open bar. but only wine and light beer and a sig. drink.

not including cake, location, etc.

our menu is:

roast beef au jus

baked chicken

green beans

roasted potatoes

caesar salad


crab dip, spinach artichoke dip, cheese dip station

chocolate fountain with fruit

coffee bar


Post # 50
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

$230 pp, cocktail hour with 6 apps, 3 course dinner, desserts, and full open bar.  But still, it’s NYC, so it was a suck it up moment.

Post # 51
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Okay bees here’s a question from a newbie trying to make a budget.. when you say pp does that usually include cost of the venue or just food/drink? For example if we have $7500 to spend on both (venue on food), should we say 5K for venue (or whatever.. it’s a ballpark guess) plus $50pp for food = 44 guests allowed. Or do we say the whole $7500 should be divided up equally to calculate pp cost (allowing for 144 guests at $50 pp with 0 for venue separately). Not sure what people’s pp includes. Thanks in advance!

Post # 52
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We live in Pittsburgh but are getting married where I’m from which is 1.5 hours north of the city in a smaller town. Can’t beat the price! We are looking at roughly $40 pp and this includes plated dinner, appetizers, tax/gratuity, linens, AND drinks! Prices may fluctuate depending on how much booze is drunk, but ultimately we were quoted $40 as the average price. We are expecting around 220 people. The venue is the nicest place around in the entire area. It’s in a boathouse on a small recreational lake. There are weddings there every weekend. So excited!!

Post # 53
108 posts
Blushing bee

ugh – $210pp plus 22% gratuity and 8% tax.  pp cost is where we are putting our money… pretty pumped though! 🙂

Post # 54
1712 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are getting married in Southern New Husband, at a country club/golf course.

$52 pp includes 4 hors d’ouevres, 2 hors d’ouevres displays, 3 course menu, event coordinator, private bridal suite, table linens & napkins, candles on tables, and coffee & tea service.

Ceremony fee is $600… and there is no room rental fee for the reception.

Post # 55
6377 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are getting married at a lakeside resort in The Adirondacks. The normal cost for what we are getting is around $100 per person but because I have thrown 2 bridal showers and a rehearsal dinner at the same venue, we got it for much cheaper. For $59 per person (including tax and gratuity) we are getting the following:

5 hours beer, wine and soda open bar
Cocktail hour with 2 stationed hor dourves and 2 passed
Champagne toast (I personally think this is a waste of money but Fiance is insisting)
Sit down dinner – Choice of chicken cordon blue or Grilled NY Strip Steak. Both come with our choice of potato and veggie accompaniment

There is no dessert included so we will be bringing our own cake. The venue doesn’t charge anything extra for standard linens (white or ivory), napkins (choice of color – tons to choose from), chairs, tables, silverware, etc. They also do not charge a cake cutting fee.  

Post # 56
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m in Seattle. The food and drink is $50, plus all the service fees we are paying for the reception comes out to about $140 per person (ouch!) – that does include rentals like tables, linens, etc. I went with a place that does it all, so I don’t have to worry about it!

Post # 57
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

100$ plate/ including open bar!  That is the norm where I’m from.

Post # 58
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Philadelphia here.  I am paying $130/person.  Includes open bar, cocktail hr, the entree.  It is in an old Victorian Mansion

Post # 59
369 posts
Helper bee

Vancouver, BC: ~ $60 /person for a 3 course meal, including tax and tip on the meal.  However, all alcohol costs will be consumption based at $7/drink + 12% tax + 15% gratuity.  This does not include the room rental fee, but it does include all linens/etc and there is no ‘cake cutting fee’.

Post # 60
2042 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wedding in – Dana Point, CA (Orange County)

$175 pp for 1 hour cocktail with open bar & 4 appetizers, 3 course dinner, wedding cake, wine service with dinner and champagne toast. $3500 extra ceremony location fee at the same venue.

Post # 61
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

 Food and Drink on Miami Beach with Ceremony on site about $89 per person.


Without Tax or Gratuity, with Full Open Bar, Apps, Dinner and Cake.

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