Jacqueline
Newbie June 2019 Ontario

Average costs

Jacqueline, on 31/January/2018 at 14:37 Posted in Plan a wedding
Hey Ladies!
I am newly engaged and I am looking at venues and caterers etc. I have NO CLUE what an average cost is per plate for people or for a venue etc.

I do not know what a decent budget is for a wedding etc.

What was the cost per plate at your wedding?
What was the cost or percentage of your budget that you spent on your venue?


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  • Rachael
    Devoted October 2019 Ontario
    Rachael ·

    The venue my fiancé and I chose does catering, and our package costs $145 per person. We will be having h'or oeuvres after the ceremony, followed by a four-course plated dinner during the reception. Majority of our wedding budget is going toward the catering and venue.

    I'm not sure what the average cost per plate is as it depends on a number of factors such as the style (buffet, family style or a three to four-course plated dinner), the caterer, and your venue (as many have fees on top of the cost per plate that go toward paying bartenders/waiters/waitresses).

    According to several sources (including Global News) the average cost of a wedding in Canada and the U.S. is around $30,000, but it can cost more or less depending on what you are looking for!

  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    We used King's Plate Catering. Darren Lawn is the Chef/Owner. He is awesome!


  • Holly
    Featured June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
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    We haven't hired the caterer yet, just have some quotes. The venue is country church and wedding barn in Chatham, we got SOOO lucky with booking them..they booked us then closed ALL availability till 2021 to spend more time with family. So we booked them right on time, thankfully!
  • Natalia
    Newbie May 2020 Ontario
    Natalia ·
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    What catering company are you using for the buffet?

  • Natalia
    Newbie May 2020 Ontario
    Natalia ·
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    What catering company are you using for the buffer dinner?

  • Natalia
    Newbie May 2020 Ontario
    Natalia ·
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    Those are great prices! What venue and catering company are you using?

  • Holly
    Featured June 2019 Ontario
    Holly ·
    We have a private venue so it was a bit more expensive. It includes full access for the week of the wedding, both ceremony and reception rooms, parking for guests, all the table and chairs, discount on select decorations and linen as well as day of coordination for $2500.
    As for catering we are expecting around $25-$35 per plate/person. But we are considering a family style service so we are unsure if this charge is different.
  • Bianca
    Featured August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    I had a feeling it was going to be Universal as soon as you said modern!

    We’re getting married at The Terrace ☺️
  • Carmela
    Frequent user April 2019 Ontario
    Carmela ·
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    I’m getting married at Universal event space. How about you?
  • Cathrine
    Devoted April 2018 Ontario
    Cathrine ·

    My venue is doing $60/plate, including cocktail hour hor d'oeuvres. That's for a salad, main meal and dessert. We are doing late night which costs more too. That does not include the alcohol. We are paying for a bar package on top of that. My venue is in Toronto.

  • Bianca
    Featured August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    Ooo what venue are you getting married at (if you don’t mind me asking)? Also getting married in Vaughan so I get excited to hear there’s someone else on here too!
  • Surina
    Frequent user March 2018 Ontario
    Surina ·

    We are getting married in march on a friday evening. we are doing a buffet dinner that costs $98/ person. this also includes 4 hour open bar and 2 glasses of wine each with dinner and also a cocktail hour. our biggest expense is the venue and it was still the cheapest we could find that also was not a dive..lol we are getting married in oakville. having our ceremony and reception at the same hotel. our total cost of venue is $7000 and that encludes dj supplied by them. the lady is a gem to work with. and i am also doing or have done most things myself already. make appointments and talkl to people.

  • Carmela
    Frequent user April 2019 Ontario
    Carmela ·

    We are getting married in a low costing season (Jan-April) in the city of Vaughn. Our hall is beautiful and very modern. The price we are paying for is 150$, which is low for what they wanted for peak season in October. This includes a antipasto bar, unlimited and premium bar/alcohol, a meat and fish, pasta, dessert and fruit, as well as late night menu of poutine, ice cream and porcetta. My guest won't stop eating so it seems lmao.

    If your going to a hall in Toronto, be prepared to spend money, unless you go out of the city.

  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·

    Our venue was free as it was family property. Our catering cost about $54/person I think. That was for 3 types of hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour, buffet dinner with roast beef, chicken, 2 veggie sides, mashed potatoes, 2 salads, dinner rolls and a few vegetarian meals, and also a late night snack of sliders.

  • Taylor
    Frequent user June 2018 Ontario
    Taylor ·
    We booked our local agricultural hall which is 15$/person for buffet dinner. This includes one meat, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salads, pickles, dessert, coffee and tea.

    O ur budget is about $10,000 and the majority of it went to our photographer at about $3000. I always wanted a barn setting and the hall inside actually looks like one so that worked out well! And the hall runs the bar, which will be a cash bar, we are making our own wine at about $4.50/bottle for table wine to serve with dinner.
    I called around to all of the local vendors before deciding and making sure I had a checklist of what I wanted so they could price accordingly.
    If you're doing a hackyard wedding, I would look into and local BBQ vendors, they seemed to be a cost efficient vendor
  • Jacqueline
    Newbie June 2019 Ontario
    Jacqueline ·
    Hey Everyone!!
    Thank you all so much for your advice, kind words and information. I live in Beamsville but my parents live in Rockwood. I am open to getting married anywhere from here to there really.

    I know I want a rustic style wedding so outdoor ceremony and maybe reception in a barn like setting. I have the option to get married in my parents backyard they have ten acres which would be great.

    I love the style of Cambium Farm but if I choose them as a venue I have to choose their caterer which starts at $150/plate (7hr open bar included in this price, three course meal all the tables chairs cutlery and gratuity). It seems like alot of $$.

    I have a draft of our guest list and it is at 160 people! I have been trying to cut people out but it is hard to do.

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