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  • Chef Cajun Mike's Catering

    Chef Cajun Mike’s Catering is a catering company that creates tasteful menus for weddings across Slidell, Louisiana....Read more Cajun and Creole cuisine has been at the heart of owner Mike’s upbringing. Learning the methods and recipes from his grandmother and great-grandmother, he has vowed to carry on their...

  • Pig & Pie Catering

    Pig & Pie Catering is a unique wedding catering company based in Nashville, Tennessee, that has serviced the Middle...Read more Tennessee area for over 20 years. The family-owned business, established by Chef John Hamilton, specializes in smoking Nashville’s best pork butts. John and the professional team at...

  • Simply Southern Catering

    Based out of Olive Branch, Mississippi, Simply Southern Catering (Shift Catering Co.) offers full-service catering and...Read more bartending services for any occasion. Whether you're planning an intimate backyard soiree or something more grand and glamorous, this team will make it an unforgettable experience....

  • Dream Events & Catering

    Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Dream Events & Catering, formerly A Dream Come True Catering, creates delicious dishes...Read more for weddings. The company has brought its creative and detailed-orientated culinary approach to events for over three decades, winning many plaudits along the way. Drawing on a wide...

  • Across The Board Catering

    Across The Board Catering is a Memphis, Tennessee, catering company serving weddings all over the West Coast. This...Read more feel-good food business is owned and run by a family of talented chefs who love to serve up nutritious, nourishing meals at all milestone events. With many years in the culinary...

  • Chef Penelope's Catering

    Chef Penelope’s Catering is a full-service wedding catering company based in Nashville, Tennessee that services...Read more Nashville and the surrounding areas. The company specializes in delivering beautiful presentation of delicious wedding cuisine. Owner Penelope Pfuntner and her expert catering staff...

  • Drapers Catering of Memphis

    Draper’s Catering, based out of Memphis, Tennessee, is a premier off-site catering company that provides services to...Read more wedding events. Having been in the business for over 30 years, they craft exceptional customizable menu options that you and your wedding guests will surely love. Cuisine Draper’s...

  • Jug's Catering Inc

    Jug's Catering has been serving guests in central Indiana for over 50 years. With an unparalleled fleet of state of the...Read more art mobile kitchens, we will arrive at your venue and prepare all of the food on site ensuring the freshest and hottest food possible in the catering industry. When comparing...

  • Indy Fresh Catering

    INDY FRESH CATERING & EVENTS Owner Toby Nunley opened up Indy Fresh’s doors in 2013 to meet a growing demand for...Read more affordable, high-quality, full-service catering with a variety of menu options—but we’ve actually been going strong for longer! Since 2005, we’ve catered over 300,000 successful events in...

  • Baratta's Restaurant & Italian Catering

    Baratta's Restaurant & Italian Catering is a wedding catering company operating out of Des Moines, IA. This team of...Read more talented professionals strives to provide clients with exceptional service on their joyous wedding days. Their traditional Italian fare is sure to tantalize your taste buds as you...

  • Donelson's Catering

    Serving the entire Memphis region, Donelson’s Catering is a catering company based out of Cordova, Tennessee. This...Read more professional team of cuisine experts strives to provide every celebration with above-and-beyond service and incredible dishes. Available for events of all shapes and sizes, they...

  • Heirloom Catering

    Heirloom Catering is an event and wedding catering business based in Memphis, Tennessee. Co-owners Brandi and Jesse have...Read more decades of combined experience in the industry and know how much careful planning goes into your big day. They are happy to travel throughout Memphis and the surrounding areas and...

  • Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast

    Operating out of Memphis, Tennessee, Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast has been providing catering services for weddings since...Read more 2001. Passionate about preparing gourmet meals for couples and their loved ones, this culinary team is known for their eclectic repertoire and customer service skills. Having...

  • Nameless Catering Company

    Nameless Catering Company is a wedding caterer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Combining his entrepreneurial spirit with...Read more his passion for food, founder and owner Jeremy Brown started the business in 2014. Since then, the company has prepared over 300,000 orders for events in and around the state....

  • Cutting Edge Catering

    Cutting Edge Catering, based in Southern California, offers couples and clients a highly versatile culinary experience...Read more for their wedding day or Special Event. Their focus is on your tastes, creating a tailored feast filled with your favorites. From delicate hors d’oeuvres and sumptuous desserts, to...

  • Masterpiece Cuisine Catering

    Masterpiece Cuisine Catering is a wedding catering company located in Henderson, Nevada AND In Santa Fe, New Mexico....Read more Co-owners Timothy Welc and Scott Mahan founded the business in 2007 with a pioneering spirit and vision to elevate food and service at weddings and events. They spent 17 years...

  • First We Eat Catering & Confections

    First We Eat Catering & Confections is a wedding catering service based in Tucson, Arizona. This company is owned and...Read more operated by celebrated chef and restaurateur Mathew J Cable. A recognized expert in Tucson, Mathew decided to branch out from his work in restaurants in order to provide special...

  • Naples Wedding Catering by Friscos

    Owned and operated by brothers, Naples Wedding Catering by Friscos is an excellent wedding catering service in Fort...Read more Myers, Florida. What gives this company a great reputation around the Fort Myers area is its 30 years of experience. This caterer offers expert advice when it comes to planning food...

  • A Thyme Savor Catering

    A Thyme Savor Catering is a wedding and special event caterer based in Wilmington, North Carolina for over 20 years. Our...Read more team can provide the fresh ideas, talent and creativity to make your wedding reception one you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.Services OfferedA Thyme Savor offers a...

  • Kahn's Catering

    Our reputation as one of the best Indianapolis caterers comes because we believe in using the finest and freshest...Read more ingredients delivered at the highest level of customer service. Create your menu based around one of our packages - or create your own menu al a carte. From experienced staff to local...

  • Emily's Catering Group

    Emily's Catering Group is a full-service catering and event planning company based in Bristol, Connecticut and...Read more services the surrounding Connecticut areas. The creative team and gourmet chefs work individually with you to create a customized menu matching your preferences and tastes. They will...

  • Ludger's Catering & Events

    Ludger's Catering & Events is a catering company located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team of talented chefs takes joy in...Read more serving couples as they celebrate their long-anticipated wedding day. Dedicated to providing exceptional service and high-quality dishes, the team will work diligently to create an...

  • Catered Affairs Of Key West

    Catered Affairs Of Key West provides wedding catering services to couples in Key West and the Florida Keys. The premier...Read more catering company, which is a division of La Trattoria, a Key West institution, was established in 2010. The dedicated team at Catered Affairs Of Key West is committed to bringing...

  • Heart to Heart Catering

    Based out of Dallas, Texas, Heart to Heart Catering is a business that provides culinary services for weddings and other...Read more special events. Husband-and-wife team Tom and Mary Ellen Elkhay are both chefs and co-owners of this catering business. You can look forward to innovative cuisine worthy of your...

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.

  • $ 400 or less Lower range
  • $ 4,000 Average cost
  • $ 1,800 - $ 7,000 Most couples spend between
  • $ 13,000 or more Upper range

Costs displayed 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.

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