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Wedding caterers have an important role to play—making sure the food and drink are top notch on your big day! Whether you’d prefer a casual buffet-style meal or a formal plated dinner, wedding caterers will create a delicious menu your guests won’t soon forget. Be sure to read reviews on WeddingWire of wedding caterers in Charlotte before booking!

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Spotlight Holly Tate Fine Catering
Holly Tate Fine Catering
38 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Holly Tate Fine Catering is a wedding caterer serving central North Carolina out of Winston-Salem. The founder, Holly Tate, originally trained in Paris and began by opening the Everyday Gourmet Cooking School over 15 years ago. Now, she has catered hundreds of events in the Triad area and beyond.... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Spotlight Chef's Kitchen Catering & Events
Chef's Kitchen Catering & Events
12 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

A full-service catering company in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chef’s Kitchen specializes in providing mouthwatering cuisine for weddings and special events. This catering company has catered more than 1,000 events, so you can be confident you’ll receive exceptional service and quality dishes that... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Spotlight LKN Weddings & Events
LKN Weddings & Events
21 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Mooresville, NC

LKN Weddings & Events Catering is a premier wedding caterer in Mooresville, North Carolina. LKN offers one of a kind experiences for their clients, building a personal relationship to understand your style and tastes. With plenty of menu options and event design services, there is nothing this... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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PB & J's Catering
29 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Concord, NC

PB & J’s Catering is a highly-rated catering company located in Concord, North Carolina that also services the Charlotte area. As Concord’s premier wedding, special event and corporate event caterer, PB & J’s is dedicated to not only meeting, but also exceeding each couples expectations on their... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured DELECTABLES by Holly Catering
DELECTABLES by Holly Catering
29 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Delectables by Holly is an award-winning catering company located in Charlotte, North Carolina & has been in business over 25 years. We specialize in serving clients with higher expectations and design completely custom menus for every event. Food plays an important role in a reception and we seek... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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The Southern Gourmet
15 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

The Southern Gourmet is a wedding and special event caterer based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Southern Gourmet can assist you in creating the wedding of a lifetime. The company offers a catering staff that has been named one of the best in the business. With over 25 years of experience,... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured Blind Pig Catering
Blind Pig Catering
15 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Blind Pig Catering is an exquisite wedding catering company based out of Asheville, North Carolina. For the past seven years, this dedicated team of culinary artists have been providing couples with an array of diverse dishes for wedding celebrations of every type. This company sources much of their... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured Dining Innovations
Dining Innovations
27 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Dining Innovations is a full service catering company complete with a mobile bar located in Asheville, North Carolina. With over twelve years of experience in catering wedding events, from small and intimate to large and lavish, Dining Innovations is one of Asheville’s premier caterers. Services... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured Nana's Porch
Nana's Porch
18 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Concord, NC

Nana’s Porch is a catering company located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Nana’s Porch has been offering Southern cuisine with an uptown twist at weddings and other events for years. As a family-owned business founded by Chris Payne and Hannah Coleman Dickerson, the company celebrates the strong... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured Black-Eyed Susan Catering
Black-Eyed Susan Catering
32 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Black-Eyed Susan Catering is a catering company located in Asheville, North Carolina that services Western North Carolina. They have been catering Weddings and special events for 13 years. The team has established themselves as caterers who care. They have built a reputation on excellent food and... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Sweet Potato Jones
Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Charlottes Most Fashionable Soul Food! We have been catering weddings and wedding showers all along the east coast for the last 6 years! At SPJ we are dedicated to making sure your day is YOUR day! Flexible menu items and can build with your suggestions! Need a kids menu for the special day as well?... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Royal Fluff
Wedding Caterers · Davidson, NC

Royal Fluff is a wedding catering business based out of Davidson, North Carolina. They delight in providing delicious cotton candy designed to remind couples and their guests of fun childhood memories from days gone by. The company has a variety of event packages available to accommodate a range of... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro Brown Bag Catering & Restaurants
Brown Bag Catering & Restaurants
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Brown Bag Catering & Restaurants is passionate about complementing weddings with their mouth-watering cuisine. Preparing memorable meals for special events since 2009, this catering company is passionate about seeing newlyweds savoring their favorite foods.... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Catering By Tara
120 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Catering by Tara is an award-winning catering company located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company provides custom menu planning for all your delicious occasions. Couples personally meet with Chef Tara, who helps them to create the menu of their dreams for their wedding events. The team at... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Pro Maxwell Catering
Maxwell Catering
34 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Maxwell Catering is an award-winning catering company located in Charlotte, North Carolina that provides on- and off-site services locally to Concord, Gastonia and Rock Hill, as well as any location in North or South Carolina. Equipped to handle the biggest or smallest wedding events, the team at... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Catering by Cordrè
27 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Catering by Cordre is a catering business located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Chef Manuel Webb is a talented and creative chef with more than 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of Sullivan University School of Culinary Arts and has experience as an Executive Chef for fine dining restaurants... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro King of Fire
King of Fire
Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the King of Fire is a world-renowned pizza chef that can cater to any sized wedding. With a wood-fired pizza oven and delicious appetizers, this family-owned business brings handmade dishes that will delight and satisfy your guests. Using high-quality, local... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro An Affair To Remember Catering & Floral
An Affair To Remember Catering & Floral
Wedding Caterers · Bessemer City, NC

Providing couples with an experience they will remember forever! I will create a beautiful event with food, flowers and decorations! I have extensive experience with local venues and other vendors and value my relationships with them. Me and my team of expert servers, bartenders and decorators will... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Catering By Tracy, LLC
23 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Mooresville, NC

Operating out of Mooresville, North Carolina, Catering By Tracy, LLC delights in preparing delicious wedding meals. Serving couples across the Lake Norman area and beyond, this business has been feeding newlyweds since 2006. Boasting eclectic menus and a range of attractive services, Catering By... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro Smash Events
Smash Events
66 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Smash Events Catering & Event Planning is an award-winning catering and event planning company located in Asheville, North Carolina that services the Charlotte area. The team at Smash Events loves their work and are dedicated to making each couple’s wedding a memorable, cost-efficient and fun... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Roots Catering
38 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Roots Catering provides unique, delicious, and locally-sourced catering in Charlotte, N.C. for weddings, social gatherings and corporate events. But, we see it as so much more than that. For events both large and small, the event specialists and professional chefs at Roots can supply everything... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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2 Gals Kitchen
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Concord, NC

2 Gals Kitchen is a home-grown, professional wedding caterer based out of Concord, North Carolina. This cuisine provider specializes in eclectic comfort food selections, all curated by Belinda and Mary, the co-owners of 2 Gals Kitchen. They began their business in 2013, using Belinda's passion for... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Carrasco Catering
24 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Carrasco Catering is a farm-to-table wedding catering company with creative cuisines. The culinary services are available for weddings, events, fundraisers, and more. Ricardo Carrasco, the chef, utilizes fresh ingredients and organic, grass-fed meats to produce... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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How much does wedding catering cost?

Food and drink are a major part of the wedding experience (no one wants hangry guests!), so it’s no surprise that you’ll spend a big amount of your total budget on your wedding catering. The average wedding catering cost in the U.S. is about $4,000 with most couples spending between $1,800 to $7,000. Note that wedding catering prices do vary widely depending on your wedding’s location and many other factors, like guest count—but no matter where you’re getting married, delicious and plentiful food is essential to an amazing wedding reception experience.

Lower range

$ 400 or less

Average cost

$ 4000

Most couples spend between

$ 1800 - $ 7000

Upper range

$ 13000 or more

Costs displayed in graph are based on spend from thousands of couples who recently reported pricing for this service within their WeddingWire review. Pricing varies based on factors including, but not limited to, vendor’s experience, level of expertise, event guest count, date, and geographic region.

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What is included in a wedding catering package?

Your wedding catering may be provided by your wedding venue, or you may want or need to hire an outside caterer. Reading a wedding catering contract can be a bit confusing, but in general, your wedding catering cost will be priced on a “per person” basis. A standard wedding catering package includes the following:
  • Food: The wedding food cost is the most obvious part of a wedding catering package. You’re paying for the actual food that your guests will eat during cocktail hour and the main meal. Whether it’s served plated or buffet style is up to you and your caterer.
  • Beverages: Your caterer will likely provide beverages, both alcoholic and not, for your big day.
  • Staffing: From your event manager to cooks, servers, bartenders, and more, there are lots of staffers that will go into making your wedding day a success. It’s important to work with your caterer to make sure that you have enough people on hand to ensure a smooth reception.
  • Rentals: Your caterer may also provide rentals, from tables to chairs, dishes to glassware, utensils, and more. Some venues provide these rentals, or you may need to hire a separate rentals company.
  • Additional fees: Caterers may charge additional costs and fees, including cake cutting fees, corkage fees, and more. Be sure to read your contract carefully—and ask questions—to make sure you understand your wedding catering cost.

What are the different ways to serve wedding reception food?

When determining your wedding food cost, a big factor will be how you’re planning on serving the meal. There are a few serving style options for weddings:
  • Plated: Otherwise known as a sit-down meal, your guests will be served their meal at their table by a member of the wait staff. There may be a single entrée option served or several entrée options, which your guests can either order in advance (usually on their RSVP card) or at the event. This is the most formal and traditional of wedding serving styles.
  • Buffet: For a more casual serving style, guests serve themselves from a buffet station. Fifty percent of couples choose a buffet-style reception.
  • Family-Style: Servers provide large platters of food to reception tables, and guests pass the trays around and serve themselves.
  • Cocktail-Style: A more modern service style, food is served via passed hors d’oeuvres and at stations. This allows guests to walk around, and mix and mingle during the reception instead of sitting at their tables.

What is the average wedding catering cost per person?

The average wedding catering cost per person varies depending on your wedding’s service style. For a plated meal, the average cost of wedding catering in the U.S. is $40 per person. For a buffet, the average is $27 per person.

Is a wedding reception buffet always the cheaper option?

Most of the time, a wedding reception buffet is indeed less expensive than a plated dinner. While you’ll pay less in staffing and rentals for a buffet-style meal, you’ll need more food since guests are serving themselves. To keep your buffet budget-friendly, avoid serving costly foods (shrimp, for example) buffet-style or have a staffer on hand to serve your guests from the buffet to keep the portions under control.

What is the average cost of alcohol for a wedding?

Alcohol can comprise a major part of your total wedding catering cost. In general, the average starting price in the U.S. for bar service at a wedding is $15 per person.

Choosing A Wedding Caterer In Charlotte: Your Guide to Queen City

The biggest city in North Carolina, Charlotte is a hub of activity and industry. A great spot for sports fans, it is home to both the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Art and culture buffs can also appreciate this sprawling city as it contains several museums, while history enthusiasts can partake in a range of tours which can be seen by foot, bike, or bus.

Culinary Delights in Charlotte

Charlotte boasts a great foodie scene, serving classic cuisine in a contemporary way. There are 50 craft breweries in the region, and the city also hosts seasonal ‘Food Truck Friday’ events where locals gather to sample culinary creations from the area. Many of these food trucks also double as wedding caterers, for couples who want to serve something a little different or treat guests to a late-night snack.

Wedding caterers in Charlotte cost about $4,000, which is right on par with the national average. Various services can affect the cost of this, such as whether the caterer will also be providing drinks or staff to serve. Some caterers even bring rental items such as chairs and tables, which will streamline your planning, but might push up the price.

Exploring The Cities Of North Carolina

Just a couple of hours away from Charlotte lies Raleigh, North Carolina's capital. Known as ‘The City of Oaks’ thanks to its abundance of towering trees that add to the city landscape, it is also one point in the Research Triangle Park, as the campus for North Carolina State University is located here. Perhaps it is no surprise that this city contains several impressive museums, including one especially for children, that are popular backdrops for nuptials.

Wedding Weather

Charlotte has a humid continental climate, with the average humidity ranging between 60 and 75 percent. Summers are hot, with temperatures starting at 80 degrees, which is ideal for outdoor events and cookout celebrations. They do reach above 90 degrees for about a third of the season though, so it might be a good idea to have a shaded area to make sure guests are comfortable. Cold winters are the norm here, when temperatures drop considerably. Throughout January, which is Charlotte's coldest month, the average low is about 30 degrees. The months between March and May or September to November offer the mildest weather in this location.

What food is Charlotte known for?

Charlotte might be best known for its barbeque and American-style cuisine, finished with doughnuts for dessert. Thanks to its location, many wedding caterers also offer fresh seafood dishes.

Is Charlotte easy to get around?

Charlotte is a super accessible city, thanks in part to the Charlotte Light Rail, which boasts 26 stops and stations, and let you hit all the must-see places.

What's the best way to get to Charlotte?

For wedding guests who are traveling from afar, the Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers over 160 flights to both international and domestic locations, and is only 7 miles away from the city.