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Willaby's Catering

Willaby's Catering is a business based out of Salem, Oregon that offers on-site cuisine for weddings and other special...Read more events. Jean Mateson, the owner of this business, draws on over 25 years of catering service to create unique dining experiences. She leads a team of culinary professionals to...

Total Wine & More

Total Wine & More is an independent alcohol retailer with stores based all over the country. Their employees are...Read more 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...

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The Hometown Chef Catering

The Hometown Chef Catering Co. is a wedding catering company based in Humble, Texas. The Hometown Chef Catering Co...Read more believes that every special day deserves excellent food and service. From providing customized and unique appetizers and beverage services to making sure each dining experience is...

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt

You've been searching for that perfect dessert that will wow everyone and make your event the most memorable! You want...Read more your event to be talked about for years! Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream is a wedding caterer located in Nashua, NH and Worcester, MA that can deliver just that. With a massive variety...

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The Bartender Company

The Bartender Company is an elite mobile bar service, based in San Francisco, California, that aims to elevate your...Read more wedding with unparalleled service and exceptional beverages. This company has been serving up sensational libations for over 12 years. Their experienced team is passionate about...

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First Class Catering Service

First Class Catering Service is a full-service wedding catering company based out of Palm Desert, California. Providing...Read more a gorgeous array of professional services, First Class Catering Service will ensure that your wedding day is completely stress free and filled with delicious food for all to...

La Dolce Vita Events

La Dolce Vita Events is devoted to bringing you an event with dazzling ambience, innovative cuisine and exemplary...Read more service. We achieve this with a combination of contemporary presentations and refined global cuisine that creates an atmosphere that will leave you and your guests with a wonderful...

High Country Hops

Enhance your big day with High Country Hops! We are a mobile beverage dispensing and events company based in...Read more 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...

Chef's Table

Based out of Stuart, Florida, Chef's Table is a catering business that services weddings and other special events....Read more Operating since 2009, Executive Chef Paolo Ferretti and his team offer bold New American and Italian cuisine. These culinary professionals provide to-be-weds with seasonal cuisine and...

BluSage Catering

BluSage Catering provides full-service catering at weddings and private events and is based in Woodbridge, Virginia. The...Read more expert team oversees everything from menu selections to table design. You can collaborate with talented chefs to curate a menu that reflects your tastes and wedding...

Powerhouse Café and Catering

Powerhouse Café and Catering is a wedding catering company based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Proud to be a nationally...Read more certified women-owned business, the company is managed by Heather DeBerio. She founded the business in 2015 with the goal of creating a company that empowers women in her...

Texas Pit Stop BBQ

Texas Pit Stop BBQ, based in La Marque, Texas, is a wedding catering company. Specializing in delicious barbecue foods,...Read more this service is lead by owner Arnold Garza. He works alongside his family and friends here and is proud to serve so many people in his local community. Cuisine Texas Pit Stop BBQ...

County Line

Located in San Antonio, Texas just off Interstate 10, The County Line is a catering business and restaurant that serves...Read more weddings and other special gatherings. This team of caterers has provided friendly service and tempting barbecue for events since 1975. You can call on this experienced team to...

Hitch & Sip

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hitch & Sip is a wedding catering company that is fully licensed and insured. Offering...Read more couples mobile bar services, this business has an in-house crew that knows how to pull out all the stops. Available to travel all across Minnesota, Hitch & Sip can also provide...

Infuse Catering & Events

Infuse Catering & Events is a wedding catering company based out of Woburn, Massachusetts. Only a 30-minute drive away...Read more from the heart of Boston, the business delights in preparing stand-out dishes for those celebrating milestone moments in and around the city. The establishment takes pride in...

Abanda Cafe and Bake Shop

Abanda Cafe and Bake Shop is a wedding catering business operating near Auburn, Alabama. Brought together by a passion...Read more for food and romance, this culinary team delights in making Southern-inspired cuisine and delightful wedding cakes for happy couples. You and your loved ones will surely be...

Rosie Hospitality

Rosie Hospitality is a wedding and special events catering company specializing in formal dining experiences in Saint...Read more Helena, California, and the surrounding areas. This small group of professionals has decades of experience in the hospitality industry between them including managing and working at...

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The Bubbling Moments, LLC

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Bubbling Moments, LLC is a company that offers bartending services to weddings and...Read more special occasions. The business is owned and operated by Renee Boudreaux who boasts over a decade of experience in the industry. Renee gained her bartending license from the Cincinnati...

Custard Dogs

Based out of Noblesville, Indiana, Custard Dogs is a wedding catering company known for their delicious All-American...Read more cuisine. Established in 2019, this business takes delight in pleasing palates with their mouth-watering hot dogs and burgers. They use fresh produce and time-honored cooking methods...

Novellus

Novellus Catering is a wedding catering service located in the heart of Main Street in St Charles, Missouri. This...Read more award-winning kitchen offers dishes for social celebrations, intimate dinners, cocktail parties, and corporate events. Owner and chef Jo Otey creates custom menus for each celebration,...

Heirloom Cuisine, LLC

At Heirloom Cuisine, we hear again and again what wonderful foods Chef Jason Roland prepared for an engagement party,...Read more rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or wedding reception. Although we specialize in upscale cuisine, if your event is as simple as a picnic in the park or as formal as a sit down dinner...

Country Lane Catering

Country Lane Catering is a food service company based in Fredericksburg, Virginia that crafts homemade dishes for...Read more weddings and events. The company's founders Mark and Stephanie Lane lead a passionate team that is devoted to quality customer service. These amiable professionals strive to ensure that...

Smash Events

Smash Events Catering & Event Planning is an award-winning catering and event planning company located in Asheville,...Read more North Carolina that services the Charlotte area. The team at Smash Events loves their work and are dedicated to making each couple’s wedding a memorable, cost-efficient and fun...

Domenica

Domenica is a wedding venue located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This restaurant is replete with Italian charm, ideal for...Read more both opulent receptions and intimate get-togethers. You and your guests can enjoy a stunning celebration featuring gourmet cuisine at this jewel in New Orleans’ culinary crown....

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.

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!

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