Jade Newman
Jade Newman 26 Nov 2018

How much should you spend on catering?

How much should you spend on catering?

16 Comments
Kate Rayner
Kate Rayner 27 Nov 2018

Depends on budget I think and the venue. If all included in a package deal then depends on what you want included. On food and wine with the meal I’m expecting to spend £50 per head upwards to £75.

Shauna McIlhennon
Shauna McIlhennon 29 Nov 2018

Ours is a package with hotel and including evening buffet works out £40pp for day guests

Kayleigh E Alman
Kayleigh E Alman 29 Nov 2018

The venue we were gonna get married is was £95 a head, but he venue we are now getting married in is £35 a head and the food is exactly the same!

Ainslie Greer
Ainslie Greer 29 Nov 2018

We managed to get our prices down to £25 a head in a package deal!

Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson 29 Nov 2018

Ours is included in the package deal for up to 70 adult guests. Any additional adult guests will be £80 per head, young adults (12-17 years, same menu as adult) is £40 per head, and children (child's menu) is £20 per head. This includes reception drinks and canapes after ceremony, wine and three course dinner, plus champagne for toasts, and an evening buffet/BBQ.

Nicole Gomer
Nicole Gomer 29 Nov 2018

For the daytime meal we are serving a carvery style Buffett, which is only £17ph. Then in the evening we are having dumplings at about £6ph.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Nov 2018

Definitely depends on venue places we looked varied between £70 a head and £200 a head. Some venues offered the room for free others were £5000 for sole use etc. So check everything out to ensure no hidden costs. X

Jordan Alexandra
Jordan Alexandra 29 Nov 2018

There is a huge array of prices and services.
We are paying £4k for
60 3 course meals
Arrival and toasting drinks
100 person buffet
(Room, plus a few added extra which are thrown in, honeymoon suit and breakfast, 1 year anniversary meal)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Nov 2018

Our package is £100 per head which includes £60pp 3 course meal, arrival drinks, wine on tables and toasting drinks, and £15pp for hog roast on the evening. All together it's come to £8000 Just to feed and wine the guests we don't mind though, as one thing people will always talk about from a wedding is food.. and I've had some awful food at weddings so the price reflects not having that really.

Cheryl Jackson
Cheryl Jackson 29 Nov 2018

Completely depends on what you want and what Your venue allows/offers. We didn’t want a traditional wedding sit down meal. So when looking for venues specifically choose one we could organise our own, we are having a bbq and cold buffet at £6.50 ph and then “takeaway” pizza for our evening buffet which im still getting quotes for x

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 29 Nov 2018

I spent £12.50 per person & Highly recommend if you are in Berkshire to use Rosalie from cutting edge catering ....
Xx

Caroline Larner
Caroline Larner 29 Nov 2018

Depends on number of guests but for canapes, an afternoon tea, pizza in the evening (for 80), two welcome drinks, 1 toast drink and at least half a bottle of wine per person for 60 guests I'd say around £3500? And don't forget to add VAT on top of that too!

One of the most expensive parts of the day unfortunately but certainly one of the most memorable. People always remember bad food! 😂

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Nov 2018

See what you can afford and work your way back. Otherwise you end up spending more than you want to.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Nov 2018

Depends on how many guests you have, if you're having a wedding breakfast, what time your wedding is, if you're buying drinks too. But £50/head seems to be about the average across the many venues I've looked at (obviously some are more, some are less). Most expensive was £200/head. Some venues will allow outside catering, which gives you greater scope to be more creative - you could look at hiring food trucks, which could cost as little as £6.50/head. Breakfast is the cheapest meal of the day. Your venue and catering should take about 50% of your budget though

Andrea Lawlor
Andrea Lawlor 29 Nov 2018

Mine was around £3500, that included:
3 course meals for 30 people,
A full drinks reception (7 bottles of bubbles and non alcoholic alternative),
Canapés,
Half bottle of wine (or non alcoholic alternative) per person for the meal.
Full buffet for 60 people
It also included feeding my photographer and some bubbles for getting ready.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 29 Nov 2018

There’s no right answer for this, it depends completely on how many people it’s for, if you want meals served or a buffet or both ie over day and night, what kind of food you want and even where in the country you are.

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