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Budget for wedding caterers

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by Louisa Henderson, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. I’m getting married by the end of this year, and I’m struggling with the planning! Do you have an idea how much should I prepare when hiring professional caterers? What amount is considered too cheap or too expensive? One of my sisters suggested this San Diego catering service to me, but I just want to be sure about the costs before proceeding. Thanks!
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  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Louisa Welcome to SMF I unlinked your link we don't allow them but people can and will google it.
    We have members who do catering maybe not in your area but they should be able to get you in the ballpark for prices. Your menu of course will determine a lot of the cost pulled pork is a lot cheaper than prime rib and both are very good smoked
    Personally I'm doing a wedding for 250 next month but it's family and free so not much help
  3. From my own experience, some 30 yrs ago....open bar - less food....but that was 30 years ago...
  4. DustyJoe84

    DustyJoe84 Smoke Blower

    I catered BBQ for my rehearsal dinner a year and a half ago. I think we had roughly 60 people. Let me dig around and see if I can find what I paid.


    So with tipping the caterer I paid about $550 for approximately 60 people. We had 2 meats and 2 sides I believe. I think it was around $8-9 per person. We had plenty of leftovers too! If you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer.
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  5. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Depending on the part of the Country you live in I'm sure prices vary, I would think 8 to 10 bucks a head would be about average unless you are really going formal and high dollar eats.
    I cooked for my Grandson's wedding around a 100 probably was about 8 - 9 bucks a head.
    I did Brisket, Pulled Pork, Ribs, Chicken, Sausage and Beans