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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
42 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 LKN Weddings & Events
LKN Weddings & Events
23 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)

Featured City Barbeque
City Barbeque
Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Catering with City Barbeque in Charlotte is stress-free from the start, thanks to our dedicated catering specialists. Your planning begins with a complementary tasting to help you customize your menu. Take your pick of action stations, barbeque spreads, and mouthwatering add-ons—no matter what... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured Bear's Smokehouse BBQ
Bear's Smokehouse BBQ
10 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ is an award winning wedding caterer based out of Asheville, NC and South Windsor, Connecticut. Rated 5 stars by the New York Times. Staffed by friendly and experienced professionals, this catering service offers unique and flavorful culinary experiences. Choose from an... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More
161 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Total Wine & More is an independent alcohol retailer with stores based all over the country. Their employees are committed to their customers and to providing quality products at prices that suit any budget. Total Wine & More is pleased to offer a wide range of alcoholic delights for a couple's... (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)

Featured PB & J's Catering
PB & J's Catering
30 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 The Smoke Pit
The Smoke Pit
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Concord, NC

The Smoke Pit is a local group of restaurants serving award winning BBQ both in house and through our catering division covering the greater Charlotte/Concord region. (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Featured The Southern Gourmet
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 Black-Eyed Susan Catering
Black-Eyed Susan Catering
34 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)

Featured Nana's Porch
Nana's Porch
21 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 Dining Innovations
Dining Innovations
28 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Dining Innovations in Asheville, North Carolina is a full service catering company that specializes in wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, welcome parties and farewell brunches. With over twelve years of experience in catering wedding events, from small and intimate to large and lavish, Dining... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

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Breathe Cafe
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Breathe Cafe is a catering and private chef service business. We strive to to bring healing back to community and relationship building through food as a praxis. It is the vision of Breathe Cafe to create a world where we have the tools to grow, buy, cook, and eat healthy food that tastes good. We... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro The Uptown Catering Company
The Uptown Catering Company
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

If there’s one event in your life that ought to be magical, it is your wedding. Whether you are planning an elaborate affair for 400 or an intimate celebration in your living room, every detail must reflect the importance of the day. Allow Uptown Catering Company to make your day one that will... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro Visions Catering
Visions Catering
171 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Visions Catering is a premier wedding caterer servicing the Triad, Durham, and Charlotte areas of North Carolina. Visions Catering is known for providing exquisite service, from fresh foods to stunning displays. No matter what size guest list or how big your budget, Visions Catering will customize a... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro Priority 1 Barbecue
Priority 1 Barbecue
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Rock Hill, SC

Based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Priority 1 Barbecue is a wedding catering company with a unique background. This family-owned establishment has served the people of York County through emergency services for over 28 years. Now, they aim to provide their community with services in a different and... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro High Country Hops
High Country Hops
Wedding Caterers · Taylorsville, NC

Enhance your big day with High Country Hops! We are a mobile beverage dispensing and events company based in Taylorsville, NC! Our Tap Trailer is fully refrigerated and features 6 beverage dispensing taps, swing-away chalk boards, beautiful rustic shiplap paneling, recessed lighting, and a mounted... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro Viva La Noche LLC
Viva La Noche LLC
Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Viva La Noche is a professional catering and bartending provider for weddings in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. The team takes a comprehensive approach to create delicious dining experiences and provides couples with everything they need for an unforgettable wedding dinner. Services... (Wedding Caterers Charlotte)

Pro Catering By Tara
Catering By Tara
123 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)

Pro Roots Catering
Roots Catering
47 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)

Pro Sweet Potato Jones
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)

Pro Brown Bag Catering & Restaurants
Brown Bag Catering & Restaurants
6 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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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.