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Danielle
Master June 2019

Catering: Assuring fh

Danielle, on January 24, 2019 at 9:34 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 50
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Hey ladies! As you all know, vendors are expensive, lol. And I want to assure my FH that we are getting a really good deal/price for our catering. FH's Aunt is our caterer, and she owns her own catering business. I know the price she gave us is really good, but it is still a little higher than we imagined in our heads. So, just to put his mind to rest, I'd like to have some average costs to compare it to. I realize this is something that varies depending on: type of food, buffet vs plated, region, guest count, etc. But would y'all mind sharing what you paid for your caterer, just so we have something to compare it too? **And PLEASE don't take this in any way as being ungrateful. I'm sure any couple working with a small budget can understand. We are extremely grateful, but just wanted something to compare it to since we have no clue what "normal" catering usually costs.**

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Latest activity by Sara, on November 6, 2019 at 2:28 PM
  • Allie
    Master August 2019
    Allie ·
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    For a buffet in my region, the prices I got were anywhere from $10-$25 a person. For a seated dinner (depending on how many options you offer) ranged from about $26-$50 a person. Not including alcohol of course.

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  • Porterpoppin
    VIP March 2019
    Porterpoppin ·
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    My moms friend is a caterer and is doing our wedding for $9 per person. It’s buffet style with brisket, chicken, Mac & cheese, green beans, rolls & salad. Water, lemonade & tea. We provide our own plates, cups & silverware. So $1350 for our 150 guests which is a great deal!

    Ever other qoute we received was on average of $12/pp and higher with 1 entree 2 sides. $15/pp for 2 entrees 2 sides
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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    We are paying $55 for an hour of hors douevres, salad, and an entree (that price does not include drinks though)
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  • Jessica
    VIP June 2020
    Jessica ·
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    We are getting our meal catered thought a company the venue works closely with. We are having a buffet style dinner... 2 types of salads, 2 typed of mac and cheese, baked potaotes with all the toppings, beef brisket and pork loin and corn bread. For cocktail hour assorted cheeses, pulled pork sliders and buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips and an open bar. $66pp. We live in NY. We are having about 100 people.

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  • A
    Dedicated February 2019
    Anna ·
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    We are doing a buffet, but our caterer provides the plates, silverware, napkins, water glasses, water, tea, coffee. Then for our buffet we'll have a salad, chicken, beef, potatoes, veggies, rolls. It is roughly $30/pp including the food, servers, & rentals. That does not include appetizers, alcoholic drinks or dessert.

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  • Jessica
    VIP June 2020
    Jessica ·
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    Mine also includes all the place settings table clothes and everything.

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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    I'm sure mine skews things a bit as it includes a lot more than just food. (Hotel reception!)
    Ours is just over $90/pp
    All linens, utensils and centerpieces are included.
    But food wise ours is a buffet .

    Cocktail hour has veggie trays, cheese and cracker boards and 5 passed hor d'oeuvres. First course has salad and fruit cups,
    Buffet has 3 entrees and 2 sides, and a mashed potato bar.
    Our cake and a dessert table are also included.
    Also open beer wine and soda bar.
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  • Annie
    VIP October 2018
    Annie ·
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    Overall we paid $8,200 for food, labor, and rentals. We did a a bruschetta bar for cocktail hour, buffet dinner ,and had an ice cream bar for dessert which came to about $48 a person. We were able to provide our own alcohol. We got married in Charlottesville, VA, which seems to be wedding central and costs are a bit higher.

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  • 5/18/19Mrs.h
    Dedicated May 2019
    5/18/19Mrs.h ·
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    Were coming in at just under $1400 for 90 people for bbq buffet in central Florida. 2 meats, 4 sides, bread, tea, lemonade and disposable plates and utensils if we decide to use them plus 1 hour of serving
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  • Maggie
    Super February 2019
    Maggie ·
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    We're paying $22 a plate for a seated luncheon, includes salad, bread, main dishes and dessert. Apps are between $75 and $110 for 50 pieces. So for our 90 count guest list I'm guessing we'll pay about $2500 plus 20% gratuity. Not including alcohol.
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  • Rachel
    Super July 2019
    Rachel ·
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    $45 a person for some passed apps and dinner will have a buffet of cedar plank salmon, tri tip, Waldorf salad, regular salad, fresh fruit, roasted veggies, bread, au gratin potatoes, and wild rice! They will also cut our cake.
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  • Jamie
    Dedicated October 2019
    Jamie ·
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    We are paying about $48/person for a plated dinner, passed appetizers & a dipping station during cocktail hour. That doesn't include our rentals (linens, utensils, glasses), labor, or the bar.

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  • Maria
    Super October 2019
    Maria ·
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    We are doing a buffet at $10.50 per plate which includes pretzel/chip snacks, 2 meat entrees, 2 vegetables, potato choice, salad, rolls, soft drinks, plates/silverware, and busing service. I'm located in rural Indiana.

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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    We are also in the kc region. Our guest list will consist of 152 people total (pre RSVP) including 4 children's' meals and 5 vendor meals. We are currently looking between $5000 total (tips and tax included) for a simple BBQ buffet and $8000 total (tips and tax included) for our preferred caterer with a plated meal

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  • A
    Expert August 2019
    Ami ·
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    Getting married in California, paying $59 per person for buffet with salmon and prime rib. Also includes passed around appetizers for cocktail hour
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  • Daisy
    Savvy September 2019
    Daisy ·
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    We’re closer to $7100 for ~100 guests, which is for 3 hors d’oeurves, dinner buffet with 2 entrees, 2 sides, salad, bread/rolls, water/lemonade/soda/ice. It also includes cake cutting fee (we ordered our cake elsewhere), 2 bartenders and kit (not including the alcohol), 2 servers, event captain, linens, china, flareware, glasses, simple center pieces (tea lights/lanterns), and the service charges as well (~6 hr event on top of their setup and breakdown). It sounds like a lot (and is lol) but we looked at several other companies and received similar proposals. We’re gettjng married in Utah ski country — it’s just expensive. But we opted for china to try to be a bit “greener” so that’s several hundred dollars on a personal choice lol. Only ~30% of the guests drink, so we won’t take too bad a hit on beer and wine, which left us room for the hors d’oeurves.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    For just food we paid $134pp for cocktail hour passed appetizers, a cheese and charcuterie display, and a 4 course plated meal in Carmel, CA. That included gratuity but alcohol and rentals etc were not included in that price.
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  • Stephanie
    Dedicated April 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    Were doing a plated dinner and it’s $32 per person for just food, we added the alcohol package too Which was an additional$13 per person. With the appetizers it’ll round out to around $55 per person total.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    For our appetizer & dinner food, it's $36.90 per person for our semi-formal wedding in Denver. It includes 4 appetizers, a plated salad, 2 proteins & 2 sides. That doesn't include serving staff, china or linens, desserts or drinks.

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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Our venues provided the food. For our wedding, our family-style dinner was $165/person before tax, tip (alcohol separate). At our local reception, dinner was $45/person.
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