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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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Classic Catering & Events
Classic Catering & Events
63 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Bridgman, MI

Classic Catering and Events is a full-service catering and rental company proudly serving southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana. We love what we do so much, we have been doing it for 23 years! In this time we have gone from sending our clients menus by postal service to offering cellular and... (Wedding Caterers)

Ipswich Clambake
Ipswich Clambake
26 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Ipswich, MA

Ipswich Clambake Company is a wedding and events catering company in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The catering company specializes in delivering fresh, local seafood for innovative picnics, clambakes, BBQ’s and weddings throughout parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Ipswich Clambake Company can... (Wedding Caterers)

Tie The Knot Catering & Bar Services
Tie The Knot Catering & Bar Services
86 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Jacksonville, FL

Tie The Knot Catering and Jacksonville Bartending Services is a personalized wedding caterer located in Jacksonville, Florida. The owner behind Tie The Knot Catering and Bartending is also Award-Winning Executive Chef Anthony Pepe. His 35+ years of experience allows him to bring years of experience... (Wedding Caterers)

Culinary Affairs
Culinary Affairs
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Fort Lauderdale, FL

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Culinary Affairs is a wedding catering company. With their customized menus, the team here serves events of all sizes. This family-owned business is run by Dominick Del Pozzo, whose passion for food started as a child in his family's restaurant. He and his family... (Wedding Caterers)

Q on Bay
Q on Bay
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Beaufort, SC

Q on Bay is a catering company located in Beaufort, South Carolina that brings delicious barbecue to weddings and events. Owners Jason and Chris have always enjoyed barbecuing for loved ones, and eventually turned their passion for good food and drink into a thriving business. Their use of... (Wedding Caterers)

S & J Events, LLC
S & J Events, LLC
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Resaca, GA

S & J Events, LLC is a wedding catering company operating out of Calhoun, Georgia. Since 2015, owners and best friends Stephanie Stokes and Jane Henderson have been providing delectable dining options to celebrations of all shapes and sizes. They know how momentous your once-in-a-lifetime wedding is... (Wedding Caterers)

Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant
Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Carrollton, TX

Based in Flower Mound, Texas, Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant provides catering services for weddings. This family-owned restaurant specializes in traditional Mexican and Latin-American cuisine, and strives to celebrate their cultural roots through flavorsome dishes. They will work to give you... (Wedding Caterers)

Alden Park
Alden Park
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Plymouth, MA

Alden Park offers an upscale casual cuisine wherever your event brings us. We cater over 35 weddings a year and have performed well over 200 since initiating this offering in 2015. Our catering services allow for traditional catering at our main location or 1 of 2 of our mobile catering units can... (Wedding Caterers)

Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sink
Wedding Caterers · Beacon, NY

Kitchen Sink is an award-winning restaurant and catering service based in Beacon, New York. Their approach to creating memorable and flavorsome dishes is driven by their desire to produce unique and personalized menus for each wedding they cater to. With a commitment to providing exceptional food... (Wedding Caterers)

Chameleon 1648 Culinary Services
Chameleon 1648 Culinary Services
Wedding Caterers · Chambersburg, PA

CHAMELEON 1648 CULINARY SERVICES is owned and operated by David and Marsha Munson located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. We've been in the food business for over 25 years in the surrounding area. Our goal is and continues to be making your wedding day memorable and filled with good food. We... (Wedding Caterers)

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Occasions at Stone River
Occasions at Stone River
82 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Royse City, TX

Occasions at Stone River is an all-inclusive wedding venue specializing in custom, affordable weddings in the Dallas area. With a love for assisting couples and their families throughout every step of the process, this venue is committed to making your wedding day as smooth and stress-free as... (Wedding Caterers)

Flavor Chef Catering
Flavor Chef Catering
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Vista, CA

Headquartered in Vista, California, Flavor Chef Catering is a long-standing mobile catering business that services milestone events such as weddings. Executive Chef Derek Carlson helps visions of dining excellence come to life. Derek and his team of culinary experts strive to serve exquisite,... (Wedding Caterers)

Andrew's Catering
Andrew's Catering
49 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Tallahassee, FL

Andrew’s Catering is Tallahassee’s premier caterers, with over 45 years in the industry, your special day is sure to be in good hands! Our goal is to facilitate the success of your dream event, whether it's a wedding, rehearsal dinner, or morning-after brunch. With a team of highly trained chefs,... (Wedding Caterers)

Food For Thought Catering
Food For Thought Catering
143 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Lancaster, PA

Food For Thought Catering by Gina D’Ambrosio is a full-service caterer in Lancaster. In her 30 years of catering experience, Gina has discovered the value and flavor enhancement provided by using locally-sourced, fresh ingredients from Lancaster County.Services Offered Food for Thought Catering is a... (Wedding Caterers)

Olive Wood Pizza
Olive Wood Pizza
9 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Based in Long Beach, California, Olive Wood Pizza is a mobile, wood-fired pizza catering company that serves the greater Southern California area. Established in 2011, their traveling oven allows them to make wood-fired pizzas warm, fresh, and on-demand wherever they park. With over three pizza... (Wedding Caterers)

Santisi Bartending and Event Staff
Santisi Bartending and Event Staff
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

We at Santisi Bartending and Event Staff know that planning a wedding is difficult so we made the bartending easy for you. When you hire us to bartend your event you are getting a highly experienced TABC bartender, but you are also getting help putting together shopping lists for alcohol and other... (Wedding Caterers)

First & Oak Kitchen
First & Oak Kitchen
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Solvang, CA

First & Oak Kitchen is a wedding and events catering company based out of Solvang, California. The company specializes in custom catering using the highest quality, local ingredients. The team treats each event uniquely, with unmatched precision and care. First & Oak Kitchen can cater your wedding... (Wedding Caterers)

Carrabba's Italian Grill Douglasville
Carrabba's Italian Grill Douglasville
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Douglasville, GA

Based in Douglasville, Georgia, Carrabba's Italian Grill Douglasville is a catering business that serves weddings throughout the Atlanta Metro area and beyond. Owners Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba combine time-honored methods with contemporary concepts to create distinctive dishes. Specializing... (Wedding Caterers)

Aroma Indian Cuisine
Aroma Indian Cuisine
17 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Arlington, VA

Aroma Indian Cuisine is an upscale restaurant located in Arlington, Virginia, that offers exceptional catering services for weddings and special events. Indian cuisine is full of bold flavors that encompass several cultures’ cooking and seasoning techniques, and Aroma Indian Cuisine has added their... (Wedding Caterers)

Pompilios
Pompilios
8 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Newport, KY

Pompilio’s — located in Newport, KY and serving clients in the Tri-State area — is a wedding event catering company that specializes in traditional Italian buffets. With convenient pick-up times and flexible delivery, Pompilios makes planning and executing a wedding reception easy and even... (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.
Jess
Jess M.
5.0
A special shout out to Alicia, the owner/coordinator. She was everything we could have asked for and more while being on top of every little ...
Allie
Allie B.
5.0
A humble man but master in the kitchen. He was recommended by our excellent wedding planner Jess Haro, and we could not ask for a more ...
Madeline
Madeline S.
5.0
If you are looking for a true DREAM TEAM to work with for your wedding- do not hesitate for another second and call Brandy from Beyond ...
Karen
Karen K.
5.0
Chef Ellie and her staff were fantastic!!! They catered our entire wedding weekend. The food was fabulous, the staff was professional and ...
Katy
Katy
5.0
This was by far the best experience with catered food that I have ever had. Had a wedding reception with over 150 people in attendance. ...
Amber
Amber B.
5.0
The service from this FEMALE OWNED BUSINESS was phenomenal and the food was even better! Can’t say enough good things!!!!
Caitlin
Caitlin C.
5.0
We could not have been happier about the way our wedding went and how amazing of a job Simply Gourmet did. They supplied all tableware and ...
Jana
Jana
5.0
As soon my now-husband and I tasted their entrée we looked at each other and knew immediately that they had to cater our wedding. Their food ...
Nancy
Nancy G.
5.0
Lini and her team did a wonderful job on our wedding last weekend of April. The entire team was very well organized and extremely ...
Taste Events
Taste Events
91 reviews
Emily
Emily E.
5.0
Katie with Taste Events helped us find the delicious menu we were looking for. Katie made the planning process easy as an out of town bride! ...
Allison
Allison M.
5.0
Total wine and more was so great to get our wedding liquor from, and let us return unopened wine, liquor, or champagne as long as the label ...
La Pera
La Pera
13 reviews
Leah
Leah Q.
5.0
My husband and I can't say enough good things about La Pera! Their food (and drinks!) won us over, and Beth and the team is so pleasant to ...
Heather
Heather N.
5.0
Hannah and her team were great. She was very accommodating when we had to reschedule and when we wanted to slightly change menu options. ...
KHANH
Khanh H.
5.0
We were very fortunate to have Rouge Fine Catering be our caterer for our wedding this past weekend. Leading up to our date, we had ...
Stephanie
Stephanie V.
5.0
While most people will joke that you never really get to eat on your wedding day, I know that the food I left on my plate unintentionally ...
LM Catering
LM Catering
10 reviews
Craig
Craig K.
4.8
Delicious food and we loved the stations option we went for! Guests couldn't stop telling us how much they enjoyed the food at our wedding. ...
DeShawn
Deshawn D.
5.0
Great food, great selection all of the guest loved the food. The catering team was pleasant to work with and always a phone call away. The ...
Jenny
Jenny
5.0
Great food and loved working with this full service caterer. Would recommend to my clients - especially my clients that book at Carlsbad ...
Madison
Madison M.
5.0
On the Boarded was an awesome affordable option. Our guests loved it and they came and set everything up.
Katherine
Katherine H.
5.0
Angelo and his team at Modern Fusion is one of the best catering companies in Lehigh Valley! As a fellow wedding professional, I know the ...

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!