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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Tastings NYC
Tastings NYC
6 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · New York, NY

Based in Manhattan, New York, Tastings NYC is a wedding catering business with tailor-made full-service event solutions. Offering services to the Greater New York area, this company accommodates a wide range of venue selections throughout the region. Through the years, Tastings NYC has built... (Wedding Caterers)

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Capers Cafe and Catering Company
Capers Cafe and Catering Company
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Portland, OR

Located in Portland, Oregon, Capers Cafe and Catering Company is a business that provides wedding catering services. Capers culinary team offers the tastes of the Northwest to their clients. Our goal is to provide a delicious meal and a remarkable experience for your wedding dining. Services... (Wedding Caterers)

Heirloom Cuisine, LLC
Heirloom Cuisine, LLC
28 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Francisville, LA

At Heirloom Cuisine, we hear again and again what wonderful foods Chef Jason Roland prepared for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or wedding reception. Although we specialize in upscale cuisine, if your event is as simple as a picnic in the park or as formal as a sit down dinner... (Wedding Caterers)

Boscovs A La Carte Catering
Boscovs A La Carte Catering
20 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Boscovs Catering is an award-winning wedding caterer based in Reading, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1989, they specialize in creative cuisine and personalized menus. Offering freshly made and delicious dishes, they can meet the needs of your dream wedding whether you are looking to have a casual or... (Wedding Caterers)

Smash Events
Smash Events
76 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Asheville, NC

Smash Events Catering & Event Planning is an award-winning catering and event planning company located in Asheville, North Carolina that services the Charlotte area. The team at Smash Events loves their work and are dedicated to making each couple’s wedding a memorable, cost-efficient and fun... (Wedding Caterers)

Domenica
Domenica
Wedding Caterers · New Orleans, LA

Domenica is a wedding venue located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This restaurant is replete with Italian charm, ideal for both opulent receptions and intimate get-togethers. You and your guests can enjoy a stunning celebration featuring gourmet cuisine at this jewel in New Orleans’ culinary crown.... (Wedding Caterers)

Pigs Eatin Ribs
Pigs Eatin Ribs
12 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlevoix, MI

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs offers a high quality catering service with the capability to travel and cook on site at any location. We will help make your wedding one that guests won’t soon forget! Check out our website and look over our menu options. We offer you the ability to customize your own menu to... (Wedding Caterers)

Unique Events & Catering
Unique Events & Catering
25 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Kissimmee, FL

Unique Events & Catering is a wedding and special event caterer based out of Kissimmee, Florida. This company has earned a reputation for creating wonderful food and catering innovative events that meet all the expectations of their clients. Owner and operator Chef Jose Candelaria is a professional... (Wedding Caterers)

Jillicious Foods & Events
Jillicious Foods & Events
19 reviews
· Wedding Caterers

Jillicious Foods & Events is a full-service, boutique catering company in Brooklyn, New York, Jillicious Foods & Events provides full-service catering services complete with a highly trained staff, rentals coordination, and event design. With over 30 years of experience, executive chef Jill Freiberg... (Wedding Caterers)

Chago's Cantina
Chago's Cantina
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Nashville, TN

Chago's Cantina is a family owned restaurant and full-service catering company based in Nashville, Tennessee. This professional team has been creating and serving delicious meals for 8 years and strives to make your special occasion an unforgettable affair. Chago's Cantina specializes in Latin... (Wedding Caterers)

Margarita's Of Green Bay
Margarita's Of Green Bay
Wedding Caterers · Green Bay, WI

Green Bay's finest Mexican restaurant also provides some of the best catering in Northeastern Wisconsin. Specializing in Mexican cuisine, Margarita's is a full service caterer that takes pride in serving fresh, made from scratch meals. We have an experienced and professtion staff that is ready to... (Wedding Caterers)

Green Hollow Catering
Green Hollow Catering
Wedding Caterers · Orem, UT

Located in Orem, Utah, Green Hollow Catering provides their services to wedding receptions and cocktail hours. This family-owned restaurant has been serving the greater Utah County area for three generations, and is passionate about bringing people joy through food. Their selection of cuisines to... (Wedding Caterers)

The Bubbling Moments, LLC
The Bubbling Moments, LLC
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Cincinnati, OH

Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Bubbling Moments, LLC is a company that offers bartending services to weddings and special occasions. The business is owned and operated by Renee Boudreaux who boasts over a decade of experience in the industry. Renee gained her bartending license from the Cincinnati... (Wedding Caterers)

Brase Catering
Brase Catering
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · New York, NY

Based in New York City, Brase Catering is a wedding catering business that provides solutions for gatherings large and small. This company delivers thoughtfully-produced menus for memorable occasions. Working with couples to ensure that their tastes are accounted for, Brase Catering crafts dishes... (Wedding Caterers)

Custard Dogs
Custard Dogs
Wedding Caterers · Noblesville, IN

Based out of Noblesville, Indiana, Custard Dogs is a wedding catering company known for their delicious All-American cuisine. Established in 2019, this business takes delight in pleasing palates with their mouth-watering hot dogs and burgers. They use fresh produce and time-honored cooking methods... (Wedding Caterers)

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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)

The FoodSmiths Catering
The FoodSmiths Catering
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Dublin, OH

The FoodSmiths Catering is a wedding-catering business in Dublin, Ohio, managed by a team of professional foodie-driven chefs. As purveyors of fine food, these culinary artists pride themselves on their commitment to delivering high-quality and delicious cuisine that genuinely enhances any occasion.... (Wedding Caterers)

Emerald Coast Catering
Emerald Coast Catering
68 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Emerald Coast Catering specializes in destination weddings and is located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. In addition to providing catering, they also offer planning and coordination services for event layout so couples can make sure their wedding is just the way they want it, even if they are not... (Wedding Caterers)

Beau Catering
Beau Catering
55 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Hillsborough, NC

Exquisite Cuisine Paired with Southern Hospitality *For special Covid-19 information for new clients, please follow this link! https://www.beaucatering.com/covid-19-policies Beau Catering is an award-winning catering company located in Hillsborough, North Carolina that services weddings throughout... (Wedding Caterers)

Deliciously Different Specialty Items
Deliciously Different Specialty Items
27 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Queensbury, NY

Deliciously Different Specialty Items is a boutique style, full service catering company, creating memorable, FARM FRESH fine dining experiences for our clients. Serving the NY Adks & beyond. Deliciously Different Specialty Items curates custom menus specifically tailored to your individual taste,... (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.
Elyse
Elyse K.
5.0
Hamby knocked the food and drinks out of the park for our wedding celebration! They were extremely kind and flexible with COVID reschedules, ...
Ashwin
Ashwin A.
5.0
Out of this world wedding services!! Shaivi, Oscar, and the entire Sukhadia Caterers team completely knocked the events for our New York ...
Elizabeth
Elizabeth W.
5.0
We used Bold for our wedding and everyone raved to us how good the food was. The Doughnut Went Down to Georgia really stole the show! It ...
RSVP Catering
RSVP Catering
121 reviews
Kacie
Kacie S.
5.0
Casey and Alexandra were great to work with. The paid attention to details and made the catering process easy. The food is AMAZING! During ...
Madeline
Madeline G.
4.8
.. what multiple people said at the wedding. Chef Dane’s meal was like going to a five-star restaurant. I keep dreaming of the sea bass. We ...
S & J Catering
S & J Catering
33 reviews
Lisa
Lisa I.
5.0
I am still overwhelmed by the top notch catering and service provided by S&J Catering. They far exceeded all expectations and delivered ...
Nicole
Nicole M.
4.8
We wanted the absolute best caterer in the Lake Ariel area for our recent wedding, and that's exactly what we got. Constantino's exceeded ...
Wendy
Wendy K.
5.0
Professional, all staff are friendly. Their set up was great and on time. We chose blackberry key lime chicken which was fabulous and the ...
Lauren
Lauren H.
5.0
WOW. William wowed us right from the beginning when we started discussing our menu. He did a tasting at our house and within 15 minutes, we ...
Brenna
Brenna J.
5.0
We worked a lot with Sarah the Executive Event Producer. She was extremely organized, easy to work with, knowledgable, and very kind! We had ...
Colette
Colette L.
5.0
If we could give a million-star rating, we would! We had a Western theme wedding and Colt Grill was the naturally the direction to go! We ...
Michele
Michele F.
5.0
Christi and Shelly are awesome. They went above and beyond to make our special day even better.
Spice Catering
Spice Catering
43 reviews
Katie
Katie D.
5.0
First off, if you have guests with allergies or dietary restrictions, you NEED to hire Dan and his team! We had several guests attending who ...
Ono Cuisine
Ono Cuisine
6 reviews
Amber
Amber N.
5.0
Onocuisine made the most magical appetizers, drinks and dinner. It was a one stop shop and truly made my night unforgettable. Would highly ...
Carolyn
Carolyn
5.0
We loved working with Michael and Coastal Gourmet! They helped us plan so many details of the wedding and executed everything flawlessly. ...
Danielle
Danielle
5.0
Juan and his team are the absolute best. From the moment we started planning our small backyard wedding I knew we needed a local caterer to ...
Chef By Request
Chef By Request
139 reviews
Jelena
Jelena M.
5.0
Food was amazing!! Everyone raved about it!! ❤️
Shayma
Shayma
5.0
This was a dream wedding. I attribute this to Eileen our day of coordinator. She was incredible, accommodating, helpful, thoughtful, so easy ...
Heavenly Gourmet
Heavenly Gourmet
233 reviews
Corina
Corina R.
5.0
The food was outstanding!! Loretta and her team took care of us and made us top priority. My guests loved the food and best part of it all ...
ALEXA
Alexa C.
5.0
Chris and Joanne of East End Events Catering were absolutely phenomenal! There are not enough good things to say about this duo. They went ...

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!