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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Fancy Girl Table
Fancy Girl Table
11 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · New York, NY

Fancy Girl Table is a boutique caterer based in New York City, New York and serving the greater tri-state area. Each Fancy Girl wedding is a bespoke experience featuring customized and artfully curated menus. Fancy Girl Table specializes in gourmet vegetarian and vegan cuisine featuring organic,... (Wedding Caterers)

River City Catering
River City Catering
80 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Sanford, FL

River City Catering is a catering company located in Sanford, Florida, that serves all of Central Florida. This caterer works with couples to put together gourmet meals for your wedding events. Couples will enjoy this caterer’s high quality foods and their professional staff will work with you to... (Wedding Caterers)

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Equinox Restaurant
Equinox Restaurant
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Washington, DC

Dining at Equinox is a regional and seasonal experience. Chef Todd Gray has remained true to his roots in the Mid-Atlantic region by showcasing local products with a firm grip on traditional culinary technique and distinguishes his cuisine by respecting the tastes of the modern palate. This... (Wedding Caterers)

Creations in Cuisine Catering
Creations in Cuisine Catering
39 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Phoenix, AZ

Creations in Cuisine Catering is an affordable wedding caterer based in Phoenix, Arizona. With 22 years in the industry, they have the experience, skill and passion to create the menu you envision. They pride themselves on working closely with each client so they can perfectly know, then exceed... (Wedding Caterers)

Heidi's Events and Catering
Heidi's Events and Catering
152 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Tempe, AZ

Heidi's Events and Catering is an experienced wedding caterer located in Tempe, Arizona. Founded in 1992, their years in the catering industry give them a serious advantage in providing top-of-the line service and food. They take pride in working with couples to create the perfect, personalized... (Wedding Caterers)

Unforgettable Food Affairs
Unforgettable Food Affairs
51 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Garner, NC

Unforgettable Food Affairs is a wedding catering company based in Garner, North Carolina. This catering staff takes pride in serving elegant food with attentive service, ensuring that you and your guests are fully satisfied with your cuisine experience. They tailor their catering services to suit... (Wedding Caterers)

Rania's Catering
Rania's Catering
308 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Pittsburgh, PA

Rania's Catering is a wedding catering company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their professional team of chefs will prepare your menu on site, all with local and organic ingredients from neighboring farms. They also have an in-house pastry department that will design and make the wedding cake of... (Wedding Caterers)

ACT 3 Catering
ACT 3 Catering
86 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Seattle, WA

ACT 3 has been serving the Greater Seattle community for more than 30 years. We are a family-owned and operated company based in Tukwila, Washington. We provide fun, fresh catering services for every type of event, from small parties to large celebrations. ACT 3 Catering’s team of enthusiastic and... (Wedding Caterers)

Baltimore's Best Events
Baltimore's Best Events
92 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Towson, MD

Baltimore’s Best Events is a wedding venue located in Towson, Maryland. Couples can host their wedding at the Baltimore’s Best Confetti’s Event Center and enjoy the unique spaces and planning and catering services the team provides.Facilities and Capacity Baltimore’s Best Events allows couples to... (Wedding Caterers)

Tamara's Catering
Tamara's Catering
60 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Santa Barbara, CA

Tamara's Catering is a full-service catering company located in Santa Barbara, California. You name it, they have covered it, from weddings, gala affairs, cocktail parties, day-to-day corporate needs and personal celebrations. They will personally help clients design a menu that reflects their... (Wedding Caterers)

Menu Maker Catering & Events
Menu Maker Catering & Events
39 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Franklin, TN

Menu Maker Catering & Events is an award-winning catering and events company with a reputation built on years of delivering distinctive catering to those seeking exceptional service, delicious cuisine, and professional execution. Menu Maker provides full-service catering, event planning, pick-up and... (Wedding Caterers)

McGrath Clambakes & Catering
McGrath Clambakes & Catering
144 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Newport, RI

McGrath Clambakes & Catering is a full-service caterer located in Rhode Island with over 50 years of industry experience. They have worked with many couples over the years, using their culinary expertise and event planning skills to give them the wedding of their dreams.Services Offered Along with... (Wedding Caterers)

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Cozy Caterers
Cozy Caterers
78 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Warwick, RI

Cozy Caterers is a premier catering company located in Rhode Island that has been around since 1954 and is dedicated to reflecting your individual style and taste. They believe that incredible food and service is what sets them apart, and they will provide everything you may need in order for you... (Wedding Caterers)

Callier's Catering
Callier's Catering
10 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Ballwin, MO

Callier’s Catering is a wedding catering company located in Ballwin, Missouri. This family-owned catering company was started over 35 years ago, with a love and passion for great food at the foundation of the business. The talented and attentive events team will help create the perfect complementary... (Wedding Caterers)

Popolo Catering
Popolo Catering
78 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · San Luis Obispo, CA

Popolo Catering is the largest catering company in Central California. Based out of San Luis Obispo, Popolo Catering has the vehicles and equipment to travel up and down the Central Coast to execute dinner buffets, plated dinners, and family-style dinner services. Leon and Kathleen Castillo run... (Wedding Caterers)

All Occasions Catering & Events Planning
All Occasions Catering & Events Planning
32 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Rochester, NY

All Occasions Catering & Events Planning is a full-service wedding caterer in Rochester, New York, and the Finger Lakes region. Rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and day-after brunches, All Occasions will plan and coordinate the perfect wedding event. All Occasions Catering & Events Planning can... (Wedding Caterers)

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Kahn's Catering
Kahn's Catering
36 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Indianapolis, IN

Kahn’s Catering provides catering to weddings and events in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Weddings of all sizes can indulge in high-quality catering from this caterer. From experienced staff to local food, Kahn's Catering executes exceptional service and perfects the details. With a... (Wedding Caterers)

Fazoli's
Fazoli's
Wedding Caterers · Colorado Springs, CO

Let Fazoli's Catering take care of your next event. From sandwiches, salads desserts and, of course, all of your pasta favorites and our signature garlic breadsticks! We have 7 location in Colorado to serve you: Aurora Arvada Northglenn Fort Collins Austin Bluff Pueblo Cheyenne We offer pick-up,... (Wedding Caterers)

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Company Tonight Catering
Company Tonight Catering
11 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Portland, OR

Company Tonight Catering & DJ's been specializes in wedding catering, cocktail & dinner parties, special event and professional DJ's since 2008. When you book with us the DJ is included. We offer a wide range of services and they are typically dictated by our client's needs. If there's something... (Wedding Caterers)

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Grandale Catering
Grandale Catering
90 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Purcellville, VA

Grandale Catering is a wedding caterer based out of Hillsboro, Virginia. They have been serving weddings, rehearsal dinners, and more throughout the Northern Virginia and Loudoun County area for 14 years. Grandale Catering is part of the “Grandale Restaurant at 868” family specializing in... (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!