Wedding Caterers

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 before booking!

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Main & Market
Main & Market
152 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Annapolis, MD

Main & Market is an award-winning wedding caterer in Annapolis, Maryland serving couples in Baltimore, Washington and Maryland for over 25 years. In addition to providing wedding food and custom event creation for couples, Main & Market also specializes in decadent and gourmet desserts. Services... (Wedding Caterers)

A Spice of Life Catering
A Spice of Life Catering
101 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Boulder, CO

A Spice of Life Catering + Events is a full-service wedding catering company in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1987, they have been committed to providing high-quality food and beverages with overwhelming presentation and first-class service. Feel like a guest at your own wedding by booking now with A... (Wedding Caterers)

The Pasta House Co. Catering
The Pasta House Co. Catering
33 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Louis, MO

The Pasta House Co. Catering is a wedding catering company based in Saint Louis, Missouri. The company was founded in 1974 in hopes of providing exceptional Italian food at fair prices. The catering team works to attend to every detail to ensure that your celebration is a unique and exciting... (Wedding Caterers)

Aspen Catering
Aspen Catering
9 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Grapevine, TX

Aspen Catering is located in Grapevine, Texas, and provides premier cuisine for wedding occasions. Since 1997, this full-service enterprise has designed customized menus that center on each couple’s tastes and wishes. Their versatile menus are inspired by international cuisine, from traditional... (Wedding Caterers)

Robert Ryan Catering & Design
Robert Ryan Catering & Design
157 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Collegeville, PA

Robert Ryan Catering & Design is a wedding caterer based in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of experience, they have the expertise to exceed your expectations. The family-owned and operated business treats you like family with their personal approach. Allow them to provide you with... (Wedding Caterers)

Eggwhites Special Event Catering
Eggwhites Special Event Catering
77 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Miami, FL

Custom menus. Expert service. WeddingWire Couples Choice Award winner. Eggwhites Catering serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, the Palm Beaches, the Florida Keys and surrounding areas. Eggwhites Catering brings the highest standard of catering excellence to South Florida... (Wedding Caterers)

Atlantic Caterers, Inc.
Atlantic Caterers, Inc.
317 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Baltimore, MD

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Atlantic Caterers, Inc. provides high-quality catering services for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and other nuptial events. This family-owned and -operated catering company specializes in creating custom dining experiences for each individual event. Atlantic... (Wedding Caterers)

Good Life Catering
Good Life Catering
92 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Greenville, SC

GOOD LIFE CATERING is an experienced catering and event planning company located in Greenville, South Carolina.... (Wedding Caterers)

Melrose Catering
Melrose Catering
28 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brea, CA

Melrose Catering is a full-service wedding caterer based in Brea, California that serves the greater Orange and Los Angeles County areas. For over 23 years, these catering professionals have offered great client service, beautiful décor and a worldly menu at competitive prices. Their mantra is that... (Wedding Caterers)

Catering Creations
Catering Creations
35 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Omaha, NE

Catering Creations is a wedding caterer based in Omaha, Nebraska that specializes in creating specialty menus. The company comprises of numerous professionals, led by its owner Jennifer Snow, and renowned chefs, who all work together to provide complete wedding services from the planning process up... (Wedding Caterers)

Visions Catering
Visions Catering
174 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers

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)

Berwick Manor Banquet Center & Catering
Berwick Manor Banquet Center & Catering
203 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)

Kane's Catering
Kane's Catering
60 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Paul, MN

Kane's Catering is a family-owned wedding caterer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1972, they have decades of experience in the catering industry. They pride themselves on their reasonable prices and culinary excellence. Set up a tasting and you will be sure to say “I do!”Cuisine Kane's... (Wedding Caterers)

DuJour Catering
DuJour Catering
17 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · New Holland, PA

DuJour Catering is a wedding catering company located in New Holland, Pennsylvania, that services the Central Pennsylvania area. The family-owned business was opened in 2000 by head chef and owner Jim Hecker and his wife Cindy. Jim loves food and has catered over 800 events in the past 18 years. Jim... (Wedding Caterers)

Continental Catering
Continental Catering
68 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · La Mesa, CA

Continental Catering is a catering company in San Diego, California. This company has catered over 50,000 weddings since 1984, with unique, tasteful and high-quality food. With a trustworthy reputation, and an original style, this caterer embraces creativity and style when it comes to their cuisine.... (Wedding Caterers)

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Diamond Event Center & Catering
Diamond Event Center & Catering
64 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brunswick, OH

Diamond Event Center & Catering is a banquet hall in the Cleveland, Ohio area for couples seeking an elegant and private space. This venue features a tray ceiling over the dance floor with mirrored sides and over 50 years of event experience. Couples can find this banquet hall in Brunswick, Ohio; a... (Wedding Caterers)

Dalton's Northwest Catering
Dalton's Northwest Catering
19 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Portland, OR

Dalton’s Northwest Catering is a company located in Portland, Oregon, specializing in weddings and other celebratory events. The family owned and operated company has been servicing the local community with flavorsome cuisine since 1973. They strive to provide the highest quality produce as possible... (Wedding Caterers)

CK Catering
CK Catering
108 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Benton Harbor, MI

CK Catering is a family-owned wedding caterer in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Having been in the catering business for over 45 years, they are experienced in providing unique and tasty cuisine for your special day. They are willing to take on any challenge or cuisine in order to fulfill your wedding... (Wedding Caterers)

Arthur's Catering
Arthur's Catering
286 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Altamonte Springs, FL

From delicious food to amazing service, an Arthur’s Wedding is truly unlike any other. An Arthur’s Wedding reflects your love and personality as a couple and we work tirelessly to bring your vision to life. Creative menu options make for an unforgettable culinary experience that you and your guests... (Wedding Caterers)

Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum
15 Reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Minneapolis, MN

Contemporary meets industrial The striking Mill City Museum is built amid the ruins of the Washburn A Flour Mill, a National Historic Landmark. Major renovations began in 2001 to bring the 120-year old building into the 21st century. The award-winning architectural design combines relics of the... (Wedding Caterers)

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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.
Margaret F.
James Madison Catering is worth well more than five stars! Presentation was beautiful, taste was absolutely delicious and value was amazing! ...
Arya J.
Cherry on Top is a FANTASTIC wedding caterer! Kathy is so genuinely excited for all her brides and made me feel so special throughout the ...
Vanessa D.
Vittorio was an amazing part of our vendor team for our wedding! My partner and I met him before the pandemic as we started planning our ...
Adriana V.
I cannot express how deeply appreciative my husband and I are to have met Rafael and his team at Sabor de Vida. Throughout the many months ...
Gigi G.
The food was amazing! We go eat at the restaurant quite a lot so when they told us that was an option we were excited. We got so many ...
Jacqueline M.
Booking our wedding with Emily's at Mountain Lakes House was the first and best decision I made when planning our wedding. The unpredictable ...
Bird Dog BBQ
Bird Dog BBQ
5 Reviews
Erin H.
We hired Bird Dog BBQ to cater our wedding and we could not be happier with our decision! The food was so delicious and we got so many ...
Shana B.
SEC is truly remarkable!!! Chef Mark and his team are amazing! The communication between SEC, my self and my husband was spot on! They ...
Amy M.
Jamestown Catering is absolutely amazing! I worked directly with Ashely who was totally fabulous. Her attention to details made for a ...
Liz H.
We cannot say enough good things about Harvest Moon! They were so helpful and patient in answering all of our questions while planning ...
Kawanda S.
From our first email in 2020 to our last in 2021, Holly and John Tate really went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied and ...
Jennifer A.
Blue Mountain Bistro catered our wedding at Onteora Mountain House in June. The food was absolutely delicious and working with the BMB team ...
Emery's Catering
Emery's Catering
211 Reviews
Liz and the team at Emery’s were amazing! We booked Emery’s well before our 2020 wedding and then had to reschedule to 2021 and Emery’s was ...
Mark O.
Amazing job. We had to cancel our original date due to COVID and TCO was super flexible and willing to work with us while we figured it out. ...
Dana T.
Can’t recommend them enough! Super flexible with menu options. Everything looked beautiful and tasted great. Their catering staff were also ...
Emmie T.
MOI provides fantastic customer service, and the food was delicious!! We had so many compliments on how wonderful the food was. The staff ...
Tacy B.
Susan's catering did a wonderful job catering my daughter's wedding. We had to postpone for a year due to Covid so saying that Susan was ...
Michaela M.
I used Purple Onion to cater my wedding and would recommend them whole heartedly! We worked with Margaret Zagrodniczek, who is incredible. ...
Ali C.
Vince and his staff did a wonderful job catering our wedding. They did a beautiful presentation with even better taste. I’d highly ...
Ali C.
Jayme was fantastic! We hired her as a wedding planner and for bar services and we were beyond pleased with both!

Wedding Catering Considerations

We all know that the most important part of your wedding is about celebrating your commitment to your significant other with your family and friends. But for some, having great food is a very very close second! Choosing the right wedding caterer is essential in making your wedding one to remember. Your caterer may have the biggest impact on your guests' experience of the day.

We all know that wedding food is a popular topic of conversation. Picking reliable and talented wedding caterer will give guests another reason to praise your magical day. Wedding catering is much more than preparing a meal, there must be in-depth understanding of the events of the day and the food's place in the grander scheme. The best wedding caterers will not only create a menu that will wow the taste buds, but also provide service that will help create a beautiful atmosphere and keep your party on track.

Wedding Catering Styles

Before getting too far into the search for your caterer, check with your venue about their policies. Some venues do not allow outside catering companies.

Here are some things to think about when starting your search.

First, consider the wedding catering style. There are four major catering styles and they include:

Plated Dinner: This is a more formal and traditional style. Each guest selects their meal (either at the event or in advance) and they are served individually. It is important to note this tends to be the priciest of the options because of extra staffing.

Buffet: This is a much more casual style. Guests can serve themselves while servers provide the food. This tends to be the least expensive of the styles and allows guests to choose their own portion sizes.

Family: In this style, servers provide trays of food to each table & guests pass them around the table, like a family dinner. This style is preferred for its inclusive and casual feel. Fair warning, it can be a bit messy.

Cocktail: This is a much more modern style of catering where food stations allow for guests to mix and mingle. The cocktail style allows for a wide variety of foods to be served and, if planned wisely, can save some money.

A few final words of advice, your food and venue theme don't necessarily need to match (i.e. beach wedding doesn't need to be all sea food), but that doesn't mean it can't if that is something you want. If possible, try to check ahead of time for guests' food allergies. You don't want to have someone with a peanut allergy eating food cooked in peanut oil.

Start the Search for the Perfect Wedding Caterer

When you're ready to start your search, select 'catering' on the drop down menu on the home page or under the 'vendors' tab at the top of the screen. Enter your wedding destination city and state, OR zip code, and see local caterers. It's an absolute necessity to read reviews on WeddingWire from real couples before making the final booking. Even talk to family and friends about catering services that they have used. Choosing your wedding caterer should be a fun experience where you let your creativity shine!