Determining Food & Beverage Cost
When having a wedding ceremony and reception, the part of the day where the majority of your funds will be allocated is the venue rental and the food and beverage fees. The amount you spend on this specific portion will correlate with how many guests you are inviting. Most venues will offer a price per meal and a separate bar fee. If you are having your ceremony on site, there is typically a separate ceremony fee.
You should designate a certain amount that you want to spend on venue, food and drink, understanding that the percentage of these will be more than half the total. A few factors that will affect the total food cost is if you are having a plated dinner versus a buffet, cocktail hour, or special add-ons like a dessert bar. That is why it’s important to set a budget you are comfortable with, and selecting the items you need and then you can add extras if the budget allows.