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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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A Taste of Class Catering
A Taste of Class Catering
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Cincinnati, OH

A Taste of Class Catering is a full service caterer. With the ability to accommodate events from an intimate gathering to a lavish banquet up to 10,000 guests, we offer premium quality food, exceptional service and unmatched professionalism at prices that cater to your needs. We combine the best... (Wedding Caterers)

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Cafe Natalie Catering
Cafe Natalie Catering
169 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Houston, TX

At Café Natalie, our mission is to create unforgettable events by exceeding customers expectations with impeccably executed cusine, exception service and genuine hospitality. Services OfferedIncludes with our services is a full staff to cook onsite and serve all guests. We also include China plates,... (Wedding Caterers)

Famous Dave's BBQ Restaurant
Famous Dave's BBQ Restaurant
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Tukwila, WA

Based in Tukwila, Washington, Famous Dave's BBQ Restaurant is a wedding catering company. Owner Dave Anderson opened his first restaurant in 1994, after years of cooking in his free time. He is passionate about perfectly balancing flavors and spices to create the best barbecue taste. It is an... (Wedding Caterers)

Adriane's Delectables, Inc
Adriane's Delectables, Inc
51 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Acworth, GA

Adriane’s Delectables, Inc is a full-service, third generation catering company based out of Acworth. Georgia. They were established in 2002 and have served Governor Sunny Purdue, Bob Barr and Jonny Isakson, as well as many foreign ambassadors and dignitaries. Adriane’s Delectables, Inc pride... (Wedding Caterers)

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

Tie The Knot Catering and Bar Services is a personalized wedding caterer located in Jacksonville, Florida. The owner behind Tie The Knot is also the Executive Chef and owner of Jacksonville Bartending and King of Pasta Catering. His 30+ years of experience allow him to bring a plethora of knowledge... (Wedding Caterers)

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Brulee Catering
Brulee Catering
38 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Philadelphia, PA

Brûlée Catering is a premier catering company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their passion for food is evidenced in every event they service, offering unparalleled experience, artful cuisine and a signature style for all kinds of events at the company's collection of landmark locations or... (Wedding Caterers)

Relish Distinctive Catering
Relish Distinctive Catering
27 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Mount Pleasant, SC

Relish Distinctive Catering is the obvious choice for Charleston Events offering full service boutique catering & bar services to the Lowcountry. We work with all off site venues in the area (including home events) as well as our exclusive venues in Mount Pleasant, Snee Farm Country Club and... (Wedding Caterers)

Simply Gourmet
Simply Gourmet
65 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Poughkeepsie, NY

Simply Gourmet is a professional catering company that specializes in providing food for off-site events in the greater Westchester area. This caterer relies on local farms to ensure that each bite you take is as flavorful as can be. Through this, Simply Gourmet has helped build its community,... (Wedding Caterers)

Basic Kneads Pizza
Basic Kneads Pizza
17 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Denver, CO

Basic Kneads Pizza is a wedding catering service in Denver, Colorado that specializes in hot, fresh and delicious pizzas. Since 2010, Basic Kneads Pizza has been serving fresh slices from their mobile, wood-fired pizza ovens in their food truck at events in Denver and across the state of Colorado.... (Wedding Caterers)

George's Greek Cafe
George's Greek Cafe
Wedding Caterers · Long Beach, CA

George's Greek Cafe is a wedding catering company operating out of Long Beach, California. Specializing in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, this family-run business strives to provide once-in-lifetime celebrations with delectable meals and exceptional service. Their culinary team utilizes... (Wedding Caterers)

S & J Events, LLC
S & J Events, LLC
4 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)

Crazy Good Eats
Crazy Good Eats
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Olathe, KS

Crazy Good Eats is a wedding catering company based in Olathe, Kansas. This catering company specializes in delicious and familiar Kansas City-style barbecue that will surely satisfy you and your guests. This team is happy to cater gatherings of all sizes, from intimate, backyard parties to grand... (Wedding Caterers)

Blue Agave Catering
Blue Agave Catering
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Addison, TX

Blue Agave Catering is a wedding caterer in Addison, Texas. Their talented team has more than ten years of catering and planning experience and specializes in providing delicious meals with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Whether your event is a large, extravagant affair or a small,... (Wedding Caterers)

La Pera
La Pera
11 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

La Pera is a boutique catering & events company that specializes in vibrant Latin fusion cuisine. Beautiful plating and presentation with high quality, locally sourced ingredients & an incredible service team to match. The talented staff at La Pera Catering will be with you throughout the entire... (Wedding Caterers)

Nightowl Coffee Cart
Nightowl Coffee Cart
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Dallas, TX

Nightowl Coffee Cart is a wedding catering service operating out of Dallas, Texas. Owner Corbin Bahcall and his team of professional caffeine connoisseurs specialize in providing private events with fun mobile craft coffee bars. Passionate and personable, they will customize your package to ensure... (Wedding Caterers)

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Azure Catering
Azure Catering
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · El Paso, TX

Azure Catering & Events is a premier wedding catering company based in El Paso, Texas. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, their expert team will help to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Their accommodating, versatile staff are here to help you to create a personalized celebration... (Wedding Caterers)

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

Based in Forney, 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 and your... (Wedding Caterers)

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

We’re Jen and Brandon, creators of Elysian Events, and the very first wedding we catered was our own! We created Elysian Events to bring fresh, authentic New Orleans cuisine to weddings and events throughout the greater New Orleans metro area. Our goal is to create an elevated, truly local... (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)

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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.
Jamie
Jamie L.
5.0
Delectables Fine Catering did an excellent job. The food was absolutely amazing. I had passed hors d'oeuvres, Latin nights buffet, and their ...
Marcela
Marcela R.
5.0
They worked so efficiently!!! We loved our wedding caterers so much! The food was delish!!! Our 140 guests were very happy! Perfect ...
Pete
Pete I.
5.0
In my opinion it should be classified 5 Stars. The food is excellent, second only to the service. I always feel like I'm being treated like ...
My Chef Catering
My Chef Catering
195 reviews
Ciara
Ciara P.
5.0
My chef was so good with working with us as we changed everything due to COVID. But they got everything right! They delivered lunch to us ...
Shawna
Shawna
5.0
So we decided to still go forward with our wedding planning during the pandemic and yet Ruby didn't fall short on her service. The ...
Laurenb
Lauren B.
5.0
FREAKING AMAZING! So much better than we had ever imagined. The pizza was hot and freshly served to our guests! They made a ton of different ...
Ashton
Ashton
5.0
Everyone still talks about the food at our wedding almost a year later. We initially hired Dope Soul for a fun food truck experience but got ...
Lovely Night
Lovely Night
7 reviews
Becca
Becca T.
5.0
The caterer for our wedding cancelled two weeks before our wedding and we were in a pinch to find someone. Luckily, Lovely Night was ...
Jessica
Jessica L.
5.0
Catering DSM did a fabulous job catering our wedding at the Temple for Performing Arts! Sarah is extremely professional, easy to communicate ...
HCI Catering
HCI Catering
3 reviews
Michaela
Michaela L.
5.0
HCI Catering was a dream team to work with for my wedding! The quality of service from the first contact to the end of the event was ...
Summit Catering
Summit Catering
157 reviews
Alicia
Alicia J.
5.0
Cannot express enough kind words about the Summit Team. Not only did they cater our micro-wedding, they also did my bridal shower , our ...
Kerry
Kerry M.
5.0
We used Catering Co. for both our rehearsal dinner and our reception and they were absolutely amazing! Christa and her team are so flexible ...
Mary
Mary S.
5.0
Wonderful catering company. Al worked with us throughout COVID to move around our wedding reception. The food was tasty and abundant. The ...
Midori
Midori M.
5.0
We are so happy that we chose Amici's Catered Cuisine for our wedding. The appetizers and dinner were both delicious, the servers were so ...
Hannah
Hannah W.
5.0
We were incredibly pleased with 3 Dudes & Dinner when they catered our wedding. Their flexibility throughout the whole process was amazing. ...
Anna
Anna K.
5.0
Bacon & Fig was recommended to me by a friend who used them for her wedding. She had nothing but great things to say about their service & ...
James
James P.
5.0
Dara was an absolute delight to cater and help plan our daughter's recent wedding. We had a rehearsal dinner at their special events space. ...
C2 Catering
C2 Catering
1 review
Danielle
Danielle Z.
4.6
Truly the BEST wedding meal I have ever had. And I am not just biased because I was the bride. Our friends and family are still talking ...
Kaley
Kaley P.
5.0
We used Royal Fig to cater our wedding (and to provide meals for the bridesmaids and groomsmen the day of the wedding) and they were ...
Ashley
Ashley H.
5.0
It was important for my wife and I to have a wedding ceremony and reception that reflected both of us, and Caribbean Caterers (CC) played a ...

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!