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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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Big Fish Events
Big Fish Events
17 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Rehoboth Beach, DE

We make every event special! Big Fish Events is the off-premise catering division of the Big Fish Restaurant Group. We are a full service, off premise caterer providing food, beverages, staff and event management services. Experience our genuine hospitality and fresh, creative food at your next... (Wedding Caterers)

Elysian Events Catering
Elysian Events Catering
Wedding Caterers · New Orleans, LA

Elysian Events Catering is a wedding caterer based out of New Orleans, Lousiana. The company was born in 2013, the collaborative brainchild of Jen and Brandon. They established a storefront in the then newly renovated St. Roch Market, providing fresh seafood and oysters for the hungry customer.... (Wedding Caterers)

Salt Box Ranch
Salt Box Ranch
Wedding Caterers · Driggs, ID

Salt Box Ranch is a unique wedding venue that overlooks the Teton Mountain Range of Wyoming facing east. This site is comprised of two separate housing units that will accommodate up to 24 guests. A beautiful "Salt Box" style home that boosts 3600 square feet and has great space for immediate family... (Wedding Caterers)

Highlights Catering
Highlights Catering
Wedding Caterers · New Orleans, LA

Highlights Catering has been in business for over 15 years providing services to the New Orleans and Metairie area. Our main focus is to take the stress off brides and grooms and to provide service based upon the individual needs of our clients. We strive to provide our customers with a positive... (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)

Louisiana Spice Catering by Sodexo
Louisiana Spice Catering by Sodexo
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Lafayette, LA

Whether you envision a celebration that is traditional or trend-setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand, our experienced and inspired team will provide you with unlimited options in planning your perfect storybook wedding. We will work closely together at every step in the process to create a... (Wedding Caterers)

Fresco Catering
Fresco Catering
Wedding Caterers · Bakersfield, CA

Fresco Catering is a professional wedding and event catering service based in Bakersfield, California. Sergio Aguilar, the owner and head chef, has more than 35 years of experience within the catering industry. He will work alongside co-owner, Pedro Aguilar, and Brandon Hardin, catering manager, to... (Wedding Caterers)

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2Brothers1Love
2Brothers1Love
Wedding Caterers · New Orleans, LA

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, 2Brothers1Love is a catering company that specializes in wedding cuisine. Owned and operated by duo David T. Hargrove and Byron Bradly, this company specializes in creole creations with a contemporary twist. Boasting over 13 years of experience in the industry, this... (Wedding Caterers)

Fig + Brie
Fig + Brie
Wedding Caterers · El Paso, TX

Based in El Paso, Texas, Fig + Brie is a catering business that crafts delicious, custom spreads for wedding occasions. Founded by cousins, Samantha and Lynda, this company's specialty is charcuterie. With their table spreads, couples and guests can delight in colorful displays with bite-sized... (Wedding Caterers)

Third Street Catering
Third Street Catering
Wedding Caterers · Greenville, NC

Third Street Catering is an organization delivering delicious food at weddings in Greenville, North Carolina. A part of the Third Street Education Center, a community initiative that supports local development by hosting events. Couples choosing the group can enjoy a beautifully cooked meal whilst... (Wedding Caterers)

Bachetti Bros Catering
Bachetti Bros Catering
17 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Wilmington, DE

Bachetti Bros. Catering is an Award Winning Catering company based in Wilmington, Delaware. Bachetti's specializes in helping couples realize their wedding vision, through customized proposals that help you put original twists on time-honored traditions. Whether you're looking for a delicious menu... (Wedding Caterers)

The Juniper Spoon
The Juniper Spoon
15 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Crawfordsville, IN

The Juniper Spoon is a catering company located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The full-service catering company has more than two decades of experience in providing farm-to-table services for weddings and other special events. From intimate celebrations of 20 to luxurious gala’s with 500 guests, the... (Wedding Caterers)

Taste Events
Taste Events
85 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Bethany Beach, DE

Taste Events is an award-winning catering company located in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The company specializes in bringing fresh, local and creative cuisine to any event. Taste Events is the catering division of the Off the Hook Restaurant Group. They offer full-service catering.CuisineTaste Events... (Wedding Caterers)

Buck N Dink’s BBQ Food Truck
Buck N Dink’s BBQ Food Truck
Wedding Caterers · New Baltimore, MI

Buck-N-Dink's BBQ Food Truck is the top premier food truck in the Detroit Metro and surrounding area.This truck, is the truck for all occasions. The service is fast, reliable, consistent, and great!Serving a simple menu of Brisket Sliders, Pulled Pork Sliders, Chili, All Beef Hotdogs, Chili Dogs,... (Wedding Caterers)

Bold Coffee Co.
Bold Coffee Co.
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Portsmouth, VA

Bold Coffee Co. is a mobile coffee bar servicing the area of Hampton Roads and beyond. The Dortches are on hand to bring their deluxe coffee drinks to guests and newlyweds alike. Barista Morgan is a coffee expert and delights in bringing a dash of novelty to wedding events. She uses locally-roasted... (Wedding Caterers)

Morenos Catering
Morenos Catering
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Carey, OH

Morenos catering, The Vault banquet Hall and Sycamore Event Center are wedding venue situated in Carey, and Sycamore Ohio. This versatile property features modern event spaces for holding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. Couples can enjoy their entire milestone celebrations in one... (Wedding Caterers)

KINSmoke
KINSmoke
Wedding Caterers · Healdsburg, CA

KINSmoke is a wedding caterer bringing the delectable taste of barbecue cuisine to California from its base in Healdsburg. The chefs at this award-winning restaurant are passionate about their art. They strive to produce mouth-watering fare worthy of the biggest barbecue fanatics in Wine Country.... (Wedding Caterers)

CRAFT 22
CRAFT 22
Wedding Caterers · Roseburg, OR

CRAFT 22 is a catering company serving weddings in Roseburg, Oregon, and beyond. The team whips up down-to-earth delicious meals that leave guests full, happy, and ready to party. Couples will appreciate their talented culinary teams experience and their emphasis on customer satisfaction. Services... (Wedding Caterers)

Tahoe National Brewing Co. Catering
Tahoe National Brewing Co. Catering
Wedding Caterers · Tahoe City, CA

Tahoe National Brewing Co. Catering offers couples an expert, versatile beverage catering service in Tahoe City, California, and beyond. From their brewery, they present a talented and knowledgeable experience for all styles of occasion. Whether you need a cool, refreshing craft beer or an elegant... (Wedding Caterers)

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State Line
State Line
Wedding Caterers · El Paso, TX

State Line is a wedding catering service operating out of El Paso, Texas. This celebrated company has been specializing in top-quality barbecue fare since 1975. A gem of the El Paso dining scene, they are proud to offer catering services for special events. This staff is committed to helping you... (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!