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

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 62
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s so interesting to see the disparity depending on region. I can’t believe some of you are getting so much food for under $50 pp, where as in NYC and NJ you’re going to pay ATLEAST $100pp if not more like $150 or $200.

I’m so jealous of those of you in “cheaper” regions. Grrr

We haven’t picked a venue yet, but I can imagine it’ll be at leat $120pp when it’s all said and done.

Post # 63
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Location: Gloucester, MA

Est. Cost total: $25k or less

Est. # of people: 125-140

What’s included: I’m only paying for the food at this location.  It’s $125pp + tax, which comes to about $133pp.  If we times that by our estimated 125-140 people I’m probably going to pay $18k for the food(including cocktail hour), location, two rooms & ceremony area.  They also give you two food options plus special menus for those with gluten or vegetarian needs.

I’m guessing that alcohol will cost us $1000 or less (we get to supply our own & we know a supplier)

My wedding gown cost $250 (can you say running of the brides?)

DIY save the dates cost me about $2

Invitaions will cost me about $100 between my special navy blue envelopes, watercolor paper, silver pens & stamps

Decorations:  I’m hoping around $200

DJ: $1500+ depending on if he stays longer

Photographer $800

Misc: $200 est.

Rent-a-priest (j/k) $300?

Probably DIY’ing my cake

Probably DIY’ing my flower decorations and buying bouquets for everyone.

Post # 64
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m getting married in Quebec, which is just across the river -literally – from where I live in Ontario.

Cocktail hour appetizers have been priced out at roughly 530$ – this includes (all of these are hot & passed) : 6 doz lobster rolls in phyllo pastry, 6 doz veggie spring rolls, 3 doz smoked salmon w/ dill cream cheese, 3 doz “mini quiche lorraine” & 3 doz spanakopita. I might add to the quanities, or add a couple of different types of appetizer (those chicken satay’s with peanut sauce looks mighty yummy, or the tandoori chicken skewers) but not sure yet.

For dinner we’re paying 39$ pp for a standard, sit down, four course meal – soup, salad, entree with side & then dessert. (we’re getting butternut squash, still undecided about the salad, then a walnut crusted rack of lamb with a rosemary reduction, served with seasonal veggies & a ‘chefs selection of accompaniment’, and still have to decide between the creme brulee with fresh berries or the classic cheesecake w/ fresh berries & raspberry coulis for dessert).  This price also includes fresh baked rolls & butter during dinner & coffee/tea served after.

Our wine for dinner should come to about 350$ for their house wine; it will of course increase if we choose differently.

Wedding cake, DIY candy buffet/bar & *hopefully* a mini milkshake shot will round out the evening as our late night nibbles. There is no cake cutting fee. HOORAY!

(The mini milkshake shot isn’t currently offered, but I’m going to ask if it can be done for us. FI & I originally met while working for a fast food chain famous for it’s super thick “milkshakes” & I thought it would be a super cute to tie in how we met in that way. Plus they’re just plain yummy & cute too! We’ll see though, based on first if the chef says yes and then price)

Everything is, of course, charged tax (QST & GST) and automatically given a 15% gratuity. 🙂
And it will either be a half-price bar or full cash bar. Still to be decided. The one drawback to this venue is they charge on a per drink, per person basis, at regular bar prices, which, quite frankly, gets incredibly expensive incredibly fast. And we just can’t afford an additional (easy, I’m thinking) 5,000$ just to spend on alcohol.

Post # 65
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Arrgh. Stupid 1 hour limit.

Kay. Basically:
Apps will be about 530$
Wine (1 red/1 white per table x 10) is 189.50.
4 course, sit down meal: 39$ per person.
Sales tax: QST & GST (8.5% & 5% respectively) added
15% gratuity added to all food & beverage sales.

So, all told with tax & tip it should work out to be around $62.39 per person.

The only other cost is the lodge rental of 559$. It doubles as our deposit as well and includes – floor length linens, napkins, serving staff, chair covers, friday set up, ceremony on site (no set up fee! HOORAY!), cocktail hour & bar area in a different room, back to the transformed dining room for dinner, and then guests can go next door to dance until 2:30am or stay in the dining room to quietly chat to each other. There’s lots of free parking outside & and if you so wish, you could invite even more guests after dinner – the lodge can hold up to 500 people. Oh and the Lodge is completely reserved for your event the entire day. <3 my venue!

Post # 66
5879 posts
Bee Keeper

I need to stay out of threads like this. like the other poster said, it really sucks how NYorkers get raked over the coals. Very frustrating


Post # 67
41 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are having a full VT Country Breakfast Buffet.  With food & all other venue costs it will be about $25 per person. 

Post # 68
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re having our reception in Bristol, R.I and spending $110 pp which includes, cocktail hour with passed hors d’ouervres, open bar, 3-course meal, cake, linens, rental chairs.  This does not include venue rental fee, tax, or gratuity.

Post # 69
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My wedding was in Washington DC. We paid $50/head for the dinner and about $7-8 a head for hors d’oeurves. We paid for the bar by consumption, and that ended up costing a little under $40/head. Overall, I’d say our price per head came to about $95. If we did cake from the venue (we did not have a cake), it would have been an additional $9/head. There was a 30% markup on all of this for tax and gratuity.

Our rental fee was $700, which included all of the linens, chairs, servers, etc.

Post # 70
2 posts

We are getting married in Europe this coming summer and it worked out to 40 Euros pp (which is about $53 USD) and it includes everything. 

Post # 71
226 posts
Helper bee

our wedding was on Long Island.  It cost $210 per person, not including tax, gratuity and ceremony fee.  as far as food goes it included cocktail hour with 6 passed hors d’ouevres and 6 hot stations (sushi bar, raw bar, carvings, etc), 3 course dinner, wedding cake and premium open bar.  it was definitely a lot, but the place was so magical, we have no regrets.

Post # 72
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

$53/pp included hor s dourves (sp?), salad, rolls, chicken, beef, fish, pasta, all beverages and top shelf open bar.  Buffet style with servers and 2 bartenders at each bar (2 bars one on each end of the room). would have been $3 cheaper if i hadn’t opted for chair covers.  Also the food was realllllly good. Oh plus tax

Post # 73
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I live in London, England and we’re having the wedding just outside town. Cost per person $225 per person.

That price includes a couple of drinks during cocktail hour, canapes, a three course dinner with wine and coffee and an outdoor barbecue late in the evening. No bar charges are included though, we’ll have to add that on top of the $225. I realise it’s a very high number compared to other posters but the venue cost comes as a package including venue hire fee, staff, tables, linen, food etc.

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