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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 before booking!

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Montilios
Montilios
374 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Montilio's of Boston, a premier bakery and cake shoppe, is a combination of family history, European traditions, and a desire to create the best. For more than 50 years, Montilio's has continually provided not only the pastries you request daily, but world-class wedding cakes as well. George... (Wedding Caterers)

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Gourmet Caterers
Gourmet Caterers
35 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Roslindale, MA

Gourmet Caterers is a wedding caterer conveniently serving the Boston area. They have proudly served thousands of couples. With a team of planners, stylists, chefs and servers, couples can rest assured that their wedding cuisine is as unique as their story. Let Gourmet Caterers serve you and your... (Wedding Caterers)

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Water's Edge Events Center
Water's Edge Events Center
51 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Belcamp, MD

A waterfront wedding venue in Belcamp, Maryland, Water's Edge Events Center is the perfect scenic location to host your nuptials. An integral part of the wedding industry since 2013, the venue offers timeless architecture and stunning views of the Bush River. A unique and flexible option for knot... (Wedding Caterers)

Emily's Cafe & Catering
Emily's Cafe & Catering
57 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Emily’s Café & Catering is a husband and wife owned and operated catering business based in Pennington, New Jersey. This full-service catering business opened its doors back in 2004. Since then, James, the chef, has been working closely with Emily, the catering director, to deliver seasonal menus... (Wedding Caterers)

Delilah's Catering
Delilah's Catering
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Portland, OR

Delilah's Catering is a wedding caterers operating out of Portland, Oregon. Preparing delicious cuisine, they aim to provide your wedding with a service that has high standards. After all, your reception is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it’s important that everything is done to perfection for you.... (Wedding Caterers)

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Elegant Events and Custom Catering
Elegant Events and Custom Catering
57 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Stuart, FL

Elegant Events and Custom Catering is a wedding catering company based out of Stuart, Florida. They carefully choose the freshest ingredients in all of the dishes they cook on-site at your venue. Chef Patrice Depino and her team have over 30 years of experience providing custom catering experiences... (Wedding Caterers)

Special Touch Catering
Special Touch Catering
Wedding Caterers · Albuquerque, NM

Special Touch Catering is a full-service wedding and events catering company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A family-owned business for over 25 years, Special Touch Catering provides high-quality catering with exceptional service and attention to detail. Award winning chef and owner, Tammy... (Wedding Caterers)

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Bethany Blues Restaurant & Catering
Bethany Blues Restaurant & Catering
50 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Lewes, DE

Bethany Blues Restaurant & Catering is a full-service wedding catering company with locations in Lewes and Bethany Beach, Delaware. Constantly striving to deliver ever-better service, the company’s skilled culinary team develops innovative ways to blend Southern tradition with beach flavors. Since... (Wedding Caterers)

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Piccolo Trattoria Catering
Piccolo Trattoria Catering
65 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Newtown, PA

Piccolo Trattoria Catering is a full-service wedding catering company based in Newtown, Pennsylvania. This long-standing catering company can provide quality cuisine, experienced event planning assistance, and exceptional service for your special day. Cuisine Piccolo Trattoria Catering provides... (Wedding Caterers)

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Caribbean Pearl Catering
Caribbean Pearl Catering
26 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Valley Stream, NY

Caribbean Pearl Catering is a sophisticated full-service catering company servicing New York City, Long Island, The Hamptons, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. They pride themselves on their delicious cuisine, beautiful event design and amazing service. Quality is extremely important to them,... (Wedding Caterers)

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Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant
Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant
19 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Kingston, JM

Ashebre - The Virtual Restaurant is a Luxury Culinary Enterprise located in Kingston, Jamaica. We specialize in destination weddings and other special events. We are committed to serving the finest foods, using only the freshest of ingredients available .Our Executive Culinary Artist Oji Jaja, honed... (Wedding Caterers)

Harvest Kitchen
Harvest Kitchen
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · San Diego, CA

Harvest Kitchen is the best catering choice for your wedding. Why, you ask? 1) YOU'RE OUR #1 : we want you to feel special. Our clients love our attention to customer service, and how quickly we create proposals and respond to emails. We intentionally limit the number of weddings we take in a... (Wedding Caterers)

Embers Wood Fired Pizza & Catering
Embers Wood Fired Pizza & Catering
14 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Wentzville, MO

Embers Wood Fired Pizza & Catering is a fresh wedding catering company for couples marrying in the greater St Louis, Missouri area. This catering company offers innovative wood-fired Italian cuisine for couples’ weddings or other private events. Unlike the pizzas delivered on a typical Saturday... (Wedding Caterers)

Mirepoix Event Catering
Mirepoix Event Catering
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Metairie, LA

Mirepoix Event Catering is a wedding catering business based in Metairie, Louisiana. This full-service catering company has been delighting visitors for over 35 years. They specialize in fresh and seasonal menus for the optimal taste. In keeping with their New Orleans surroundings, the team of chefs... (Wedding Caterers)

Catering Fort Wayne
Catering Fort Wayne
Wedding Caterers · Fort Wayne, IN

Catering Fort Wayne is a premium wedding catering company located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. If you are looking to customize menus for your wedding day, this team of experts will endeavor to mirror your tastes. As aficionados of international cuisine, the chefs create all of their dishes from scratch,... (Wedding Caterers)

Henn House Barbeque
Henn House Barbeque
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Altona, IL

Local business owners Phil and Johanna Hennenfent take pride in serving the couples of Illinois and Iowa. Every couples story is unique, and therefore every wedding is unique. We honor that by allowing couples to completely customize their menu for their big day. Henn House Barbeque is a family... (Wedding Caterers)

Julio's
Julio's
Wedding Caterers · Omaha, NE

Julio’s is a specialty wedding caterer based in Omaha, Nebraska. A staple of the Omaha culinary scene, these professionals have spent over 40 years establishing a loyal following with their delicious cuisine. While dedicated to honoring traditional Tex Mex dishes, the staff also prides themselves on... (Wedding Caterers)

13 Bones Catering
13 Bones Catering
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Mount Airy, NC

13 Bones is a wedding catering company operating out of Mount Airy, North Carolina. With over a decade of experience, this talented team of professional caterers are committed to providing exceptional service to every event. They cater to celebrations of all shapes and sizes throughout the Mount... (Wedding Caterers)

Violet Custom Catering
Violet Custom Catering
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Buzzards Bay, MA

Violet Custom Catering is a wedding catering company located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. This expert team of chefs works with couples to customize their wedding menu. Paramount to their ethos is excellent customer service and incorporating quality produce into every dish. CuisineViolet Custom... (Wedding Caterers)

Sister Sister Bartending & Catering
Sister Sister Bartending & Catering
Wedding Caterers · Absecon, NJ

Sister Sister Bartending & Catering is a wedding beverage and waitstaff company located in Absecon, New Jersey. Specializing in cocktail curation, the experienced team is passionate about providing an array of beverages for a couple’s wedding guests. The mobile bar creates an element of novelty and... (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.

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!