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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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Culinary Outfitters
Culinary Outfitters
16 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Augustine, FL

Culinary Outfitters is an experienced wedding catering company located in Saint Augustine, Florida. This talented team of culinary professionals has been creating mouthwatering dishes made with quality products since the early ’90s. They aim to enhance wedding celebrations with exquisite cuisine... (Wedding Caterers)

Seymour's Diner
Seymour's Diner
44 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Westmoreland, NY

Based in Westmoreland, New York, Seymour’s Catering specializing in weddings all over New York State. The company has more than 14 years of experience in providing excellent service and delicious meals for couples so they can relax and enjoy their day. Their delicious BBQ will make your guests’... (Wedding Caterers)

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Beck 'N Call Bartenders
Beck 'N Call Bartenders
26 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Ditch the ordinary for absolutely extraordinary ! It’s not a party without the right bartender - and Beck 'N Call elevates the art of event bartending like no one else! Beck ‘N Call is consistently rated #1 in all of North & Central Florida for service, bar presentation & guest experience. Their... (Wedding Caterers)

How We Roll Seattle
How We Roll Seattle
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Seattle, WA

​HowWeRoll is a rolled ice cream experience! The highest quality ice cream is rolled right in front of you using the freshest ingredients which makes for the most delicious and smooth ice cream available. Each serving is individually hand crafted in a uniquely attractive way – beautiful ice cream... (Wedding Caterers)

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Hilton Historic Bayfront St. Augustine
Hilton Historic Bayfront St. Augustine
14 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Augustine, FL

The Hilton Historic Bayfront St. Augustine is a hotel wedding venue set in St. Augustine, Florida. It offers many amenities surrounding your wedding day to make sure you and your guests are comfortable. It is located close to downtown attractions and the bay that, making for a fun bachelor or... (Wedding Caterers)

The American BBQ
The American BBQ
15 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Rowley, MA

The American BBQ is a professional catering company and full-service restaurant based out of Rowley, Massachusetts. In addition to barbeque, they specialize in American, Mexican and Southern cuisine. They offer couples multiple packages to choose from, to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets.... (Wedding Caterers)

Narwhals Crafted
Narwhals Crafted
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Louis, MO

Narwhal's Crafted made it's debut in St. Louis, MO in 2016. With the goal in mind to offer a variety of unique hand-crafted frozen cocktails that are a step above the rest, each recipe is carefully constructed and prepared in house using only fresh ingredients. Couples are invited to choose from a... (Wedding Caterers)

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DS Cuisine
DS Cuisine
Wedding Caterers · Hollywood, FL

DS Cuisine Catering is a catering and event business in Miami, Florida. We work with couples to custumize their wedding menu.We creates unique flavors and presentation that will wow all of your guests. We also offer Organic food to our clients upon request. Executive Chef Dorothy is extremely... (Wedding Caterers)

Walter Burke Catering
Walter Burke Catering
18 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Santa Fe, NM

Walter Burke Catering is an event catering company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Creating one-of-a-kind events with warmth and professionalism since 1981, the full-service catering company strives to plan and execute flawless functions. Walter Burke Catering serves the state of New Mexico, Arizona,... (Wedding Caterers)

High Point Events
High Point Events
57 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Clarksburg, MD

Your wedding day should be a memorable occasion filled with excitement, joy, and more love & happiness than you’ve ever experienced before. At High Point Events & Catering, we truly understand how important your special day is, creating lifetime memories that will last forever. And we'd love to be a... (Wedding Caterers)

S & A Catering
S & A Catering
46 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Johns, FL

S & A Catering is a wedding caterer based in Saint Johns, Florida. Created by Chef Scott, S & A strives to offer the best of food from all around the world. Chef Scott has gone to Italy many times to learn about the people and cuisine. These journeys to Italy and other food capitals allow Scott to... (Wedding Caterers)

Snappers Catering & Event Center
Snappers Catering & Event Center
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Snappers Catering & Event Center is a wedding caterer in Hanover, Kansas. With a passion for good homemade food, they aim to present guests with dishes that are simply delicious. The team at Snappers understands that planning a wedding involves many different aspects. In taking care of the cuisine... (Wedding Caterers)

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Charleston Pops and Catering
Charleston Pops and Catering
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charleston, SC

Make It a Day to Remember!At Charleston Pops, we believe in making memories. What better way than to provide your guests with our delicious "Pops Toast" or "PopTini," frozen cream or fruit pops served in your favorite beverage or alone~ a perfect compliment to your wedding dessert menu. We also... (Wedding Caterers)

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Ono Cuisine
Ono Cuisine
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · San Jose, CR

Ono Cuisine is a high-quality catering service, based in San Pedro De Turrubares, Costa Rica, serving all Costariccan territories for wedding events and specialty catering. This caterer delights in taking couples and their guests on an expedition of culinary wonder through their cuisine. Working... (Wedding Caterers)

OysterMom
OysterMom
Wedding Caterers · Tallahassee, FL

OysterMom is a full-service oyster farming, processing, and catering company available to serve nurtured premium oysters on the half shell at your special event. OysterMom oysters are grown in the Gulf of Mexico Apalachee Bay located south of Tallahassee, FL. They are raised, harvested and served by... (Wedding Caterers)

Fig & Honey Lavish Grazing
Fig & Honey Lavish Grazing
Wedding Caterers · Fresno, CA

Fig & Honey Lavish Grazing is a catering company operating out of Fresno, California. The owners, Kellie Hasson and Alison Cassabon believe in serving in-season cuisine from the Central Valley. With great links to local farmers and markets, these caterers provide ripe foods for maximum flavor.... (Wedding Caterers)

Breathe Cafe
Breathe Cafe
Wedding Caterers · Bronx, NY

B.R.E.A.T.H.E. serves as a space for woemn of color to be balanced, restored, empowered, affirmed, transformed, healed, and embodied. In addition to facilitating B.R.E.A.T.H.E., we are proud to offer the BREATHE Cafe, where we strive to bring healing back to community and relationship building... (Wedding Caterers)

Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More
159 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Total Wine & More is an independent alcohol retailer with stores based all over the country. Their employees are 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... (Wedding Caterers)

The Bus Boy LLC
The Bus Boy LLC
Wedding Caterers · Carson City, NV

Northern Nevada's Only Double Decker Food Truck & Dine-In Restaurant.The Bus Boy Mobile Cuisine serves street side as well as upper deck 50's style, upper level dining room! (Wedding Caterers)

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First Class Catering Service
First Class Catering Service
9 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Palm Desert, CA

First Class Catering Service is a full-service wedding catering company based out of Palm Desert, California. Providing 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... (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!