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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 Columbus before booking!

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Spotlight Russo's Catering and Events
Russo's Catering and Events
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Zanesville, OH

Russo’s Catering & Events is a wedding caterer servicing greater Central and Southeast Ohio, specializing in catering at venues that do not have an in-house caterer. Led by Owner/Executive Chef Anthony Russo, and his brother, Owner Vincent Russo, this successful family oriented business has... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Featured The FoodSmiths Catering
The FoodSmiths Catering
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Dublin, OH

The FoodSmiths Catering is a wedding-catering business in Dublin, Ohio, managed by a team of professional foodie-driven chefs. As purveyors of fine food, these culinary artists pride themselves on their commitment to delivering high-quality and delicious cuisine that genuinely enhances any occasion.... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Featured All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
18 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Waldo, OH

All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility is a full-service wedding and event catering company located in Waldo, Ohio. This family-owned-and-operated establishment has been serving delicious dishes with a friendly smile since 1982. The talented team behind this business takes great pride in helping... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Featured Barrel & Boar
Barrel & Boar
Wedding Caterers · Newark, OH

Barrel & Boar is a wedding catering business based in Newark, Ohio. Specializing in smoked meats and BBQ meals, this company is passionate about producing exceptional celebratory feasts. With over 30 years of experience, their friendly and professional staff strives to leave a lasting impression on... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

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Featured PC Events Catering, Inc.
PC Events Catering, Inc.
141 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Powell, OH

PC Events Catering, Inc. is a wedding catering company based out of Powell, Ohio. This company specializes in excellent cuisine, and they consider customer satisfaction a high priority. The vendor has been in service for over two decades and holds many positive client testimonials. Along with their... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Featured Road Hog Willy´s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
Road Hog Willy´s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
Wedding Caterers · Mount Vernon, OH

Based in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Road Hog Willy´s Real Pit Bar-B-Q offers delicious BBQ cuisine for weddings across Central Ohio. Owner and seasoned pitmaster Bill Wheeler has been preparing authentic All-American dishes for couples and food-lovers alike since 2003. Using premium meats, time-honored... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Featured L.A. Catering and Event Center
L.A. Catering and Event Center
6 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

L.A. Catering and Event Center is a wedding catering company based in Columbus, Ohio. This company is a division of LifeCare Alliance, who has provided the community with many health programs. When choosing L.A. Catering for your wedding cuisine, all profits are invested into LifeCare Alliance.... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

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Featured City Barbeque
City Barbeque
Wedding Caterers · Grove City, OH

Serving up delicious feasts in Grove City, Ohio, City Barbeque is a restaurant and caterer serving weddings. With years of experience smoking prime cuts of meat to perfection, guests are sure to love the team’s wedding meals. They bring their experience and culinary flair to the service of... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Featured Emelio's Catering
Emelio's Catering
32 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Emelio’s Catering is a wedding catering & event design company located in Columbus, Ohio. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving customers since 1960. Couples are able to personalize their wedding cuisine to fit their needs. With their amazing cuisine, Emelio’s Catering is... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Knife, Herb and Fire Caterers
Knife, Herb and Fire Caterers
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Knife, Herb and Fire Caterers is a wedding catering service operating out of Columbus, Ohio. Available for gatherings of all shapes and sizes, this passionate team of culinary experts brings years of professional experience to every once-in-a-lifetime celebration. They offer an extensive menu and a... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro 5 Star Planning
5 Star Planning
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

5 Star Planning helps those celebrating their wedding day to create unforgettable events in Columbus, Ohio. This team of experienced planners and seasoned events specialists stays by the side of couples as they navigate their wedding journey. They combine a detail-orientated approach to creating... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro The Syndicate
The Syndicate
Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

The Syndicate is a wedding caterer and restaurant located in Bellefontaine, Ohio, just under an hour away from Columbus. From 1946 to 1993, the property served as Jackson’s News Stand, and today it still features historic accents from its past. This caterer’s facilities can also be used as a venue... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Bob's Backyard Barbeque
Bob's Backyard Barbeque
Wedding Caterers · Lancaster, OH

Bob's Backyard Barbeque is a wedding catering service based in Lancaster, Ohio. Offering a mouth-watering spread of stunning dishes, these expert caterers are here to provide you with a fitting feast for your special day. Founded in 2015, this team works with each client to create a custom menu of... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Carfagna's Catering
Carfagna's Catering
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Carfagna's has been in the food business for over 80 years. Specializing in Italian and American Cuisine. Our reputation for providing Quality - Handmade Foods and Outstanding Service has been a Central Ohio Tradition for 4 Generations.But what makes Carfagna's stand above the rest is our ability... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Berwick Manor Banquet Center & Catering
Berwick Manor Banquet Center & Catering
202 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Berwick Manor Banquet Center & Catering is a wedding catering company based out of Columbus, Ohio. This family-owned and operated restaurant was originally founded in 1955 by Tony and Maria Susi. For more than 60 years, the Susis have served gourmet Italian cuisine and other favorites to their... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Morenos Catering
Morenos Catering
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Congratulation on your engagement, how exiting and so many plans to make. With twenty plus years of catering experience we would enjoy helping you with the next steps of planning and doing your wedding and reception. This is a big day for you and we would love to make it special for lasting memories... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Creative Cuisine Catering
Creative Cuisine Catering
52 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Creative Cuisine Catering is a wedding catering company based in Columbus, Ohio. This company not only has delicious cuisine but has nearly 40 years of experience in serving their clients and customers. Their focus is providing only the best food possible for your wedding day, and they are dedicated... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

Pro Paddy Wagon
Paddy Wagon
10 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Columbus, OH

Paddy Wagon is a wedding catering company based in Columbus, Ohio. This vendor specializes in serving American street food. They are a fun and unique food truck with a police-themed truck and cuisine. Paddy Wagon is devoted to accommodating your needs for your wedding day and will go the extra mile... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

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NorthStar Golf Club
NorthStar Golf Club
59 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Sunbury, OH

NorthStar Golf Club is a classic country club and wedding venue located in Sunbury, Ohio. Sporting an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse, couples have an assortment of event spaces in which to plan their ideal celebration. Work directly with their professional staff to coordinate your dream wedding down... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

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The Trout Club
The Trout Club
38 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Newark, OH

The Trout Club is a rustic country club and resort located in Newark, Ohio. Couples can take advantage of wedding packages that include shuttle services, lodging, on-site day of wedding coordinator and a variety of other event services. Come spend your special day at The Trout Club, where modern... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

StillWater Event & Conference Centre
StillWater Event & Conference Centre
29 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Chillicothe, OH

Located in Chillicothe, Ohio, StillWater Event & Conference Centre has been and remains a local favorite full-service ceremony and reception venue. With its charming rustic nature, indoor and out, it is the perfect place to host your special event. The space is over 10,000 square feet in total with... (Wedding Caterers Columbus)

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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.

Wedding Caterers in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio’s capital city of Columbus boasts the largest population in the state as well as a thriving food and arts industry, making it a great contender for wedding events. Low costs have drawn in entrepreneurs looking to test out products, ideas, and experiments, cultivating a growing culture of creativity. Boosted by innovation, culinary experiences have taken off in the city, providing a food scene that is continuously thriving and evolving.

Columbus Catering for Wedding Events

Caterers in Columbus often receive their stock from artisan producers in the surrounding region. This means that menus are curated with fresh, local, and well-looked after ingredients that make for one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Famed culinary experts Cameron Mitchell and Jeni Britton Bauer hail from Columbus, showcasing the talent that takes root within the city.

Event hosts can explore the city, sample some tasters, and choose their favorite caterer. There are many providers available in Columbus, so couples will have a wide selection to choose from when whittling their options down to the right provider for their wedding. After selecting their caterer, couples can keep track of them with our vendor management tool. If saving money is a priority, couples may want to consider some of the options discussed in our article about keeping wedding catering costs down.

Cuisine Beyond Columbus

Couples exploring nearby cities may find themselves drawn to Cincinnati, Ohio. Nestled beside the Ohio River, this urban hub hosts European-inspired neighborhoods as well as plenty of neon signs. In terms of cuisine, Cincinnati is famed for its chili. What sets this dish apart is its unique blend of spices, sometimes including cocoa, combined with layers of ground beef, spaghetti, and more. A three-way chili includes cheese, and four and five-ways add onions, beans, or both.

What to Know About Columbus and Ohio