Imagine treating more than 100 of your friends to dinner at your favorite upscale restaurant. With wedding catering costs averaging $63 per guest, it's easy to see how food is one of the biggest wedding expenses couples will face. In fact, with the average wedding guest list topping out around 149 guests, catering can easily surpass $10,000! This figure doesn't even include the cake, which can add another $500 to $5,000 to your food budget, depending on its size and design.
A rehearsal dinner can increase catering costs even further, though you may get a break if you use the same company for the rehearsal dinner and the reception. Don't forget: You'll also have to pay and tip your servers at both events.