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Nova/dc area: Open bar and catering

Judith, on March 17, 2021 at 2:05 PM Posted in Virginia Planning 0 7
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Those of you got married in the Northern Virginia/DC area, how much did an open bar + catering cost you roughly per person? Just wanted to get an idea so we are not overpaying for the venue and are budgeting properly. We are interested in plate course and not buffet styles. Thanks in advance Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Lilliana, on April 1, 2021 at 4:54 PM
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    Marianne ·
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    I'm kind of close to the NOVA/DC region (Baltimore) and am paying $109/person, which is my caterer's middle-priced package. A few caveats, though: We're providing the alcohol (caterer is providing all other beverages) and estimating $7-12/person. We also have a separate cake vendor, which will be about $4-5 per person (cutting costs by doing a small tiered cake and supplementing with sheet cakes). So our F&B grand total per person should be $120-125ish.

    Oh! And this is for a plated dinner. The $109 includes 5 appetizers + market display during cocktail hour, first course, main course, and sundae bar.

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    Lynnie ·
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    Hi Judith! Catering & open bar can easily run from $90-$150 per person!!

    Here's a great tool you can check out as well to help understand average pricing:

    Wedding Catering Cost Guide (Washington, DC)
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  • Sierra
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    Sierra ·
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    Hi Judith Smiley smile

    We found a place locally that ranged from $89-109 a person, which included an open bar.

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    Judith ·
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    Thank you so much! That helped!

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  • Judith
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    Judith ·
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    Thank you for the link!

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  • Judith
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    Judith ·
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    Thanks for the details! A sundae bar sounds awesome!

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    I found that the going rate at both caterers and venues that do the food on site starts at about $150 per person for plated dinner and open bar, before tax and gratuity. As a rough estimate when planning out the larger budget I used $200 per person as the all-in number food food and beverage. Of course, there are venues and add-ons that can increase that cost. Doing food stations or a buffet is generally more expensive in the DMV area (it seems counter-intuitive, but they can't predict exactly how much food people will eat so the food costs are higher).

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