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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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TC4 & Co Catering
TC4 & Co Catering
Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

TC4 & Co Catering is an Austin-based full-service catering company specializing in weddings, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, brunches and corporate events...offering seated dinners or standing cocktail parties for any category of event. Our company was... (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)

High Point Events
High Point Events
60 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)

Avenue Catering
Avenue Catering
6 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Burlington, WA

Avenue Catering is truly a "custom" caterer and the premier catering company serving Greater Western Washington. From Bellingham to Seattle, Skagit, Island, Whatcom, King, Snohomish & Pierce County. We do not have a restaurant or venue to distract or limit your menu selections. If you would like us... (Wedding Caterers)

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Papa Kona Events
Papa Kona Events
100 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Kailua Kona, HI

Papa Kona Events and Catering is an oceanfront wedding venue in beautiful Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i, with 180 degree views of the bay, gorgeous sunsets and cool ocean breezes. Here you can have your dream wedding by the sea, while our staff take care of you every step of the way. We... (Wedding Caterers)

Cobblestone Catering
Cobblestone Catering
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · The Dalles, OR

Based in The Dalles, Oregon, Cobblestone Catering provides wedding events with high-quality entrees, hors d’oeuvres, and other delicious creations. Owner Terry Cobb has always had a talent for serving large events, and enjoys bringing happiness to people around the Columbia River Gorge. Their... (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 Costa Rican 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)

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Yippee Calle Tacos
Yippee Calle Tacos
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Irvine, CA

Yippee Calle Tacos is a wedding catering business operating out of Irvine, California. This company works with fresh, locally sourced ingredients to bring you excellence in Mexican cuisine. Dedicated to delivering customer satisfaction, they offer a refreshing take on traditional event catering.... (Wedding Caterers)

Total Wine & More
Total Wine & More
161 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)

All Fired Up
All Fired Up
1 review
· Wedding Caterers

All Fired Up is a wedding catering company operating out of Deep River, Connecticut. This innovative service offers high-quality freshly smoked meats and other delicious delights for your special day. You can put an adventurous twist on traditional reception dining with the help of these dedicated... (Wedding Caterers)

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The Gastro Garage
The Gastro Garage
Wedding Caterers · Los Angeles, CA

WOW! Are you ready for something you haven't seen before! As seen on Bravo and Travel Channel, The Gastro Garage is the ultimate ACTION STATION- offering a high energy, interactive, experience based catering for all sizes. Whether your wedding is small and initmate or a thousand person rager, we... (Wedding Caterers)

Erica Davis Catering
Erica Davis Catering
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Savannah, GA

Erica Davis Catering is a catering company focused on coastal southern cuisine based in Savannah, Georgia. We have been providing southern cuisine, seafood, and bbq dishes to the Lowcountry of Savannah, Bluffton, Beaufort, Charleston, and St. Simons Island since 2002. Erica Davis Catering focuses on... (Wedding Caterers)

River Smith's Catering
River Smith's Catering
Wedding Caterers · Lubbock, TX

Based in Lubbock, Texas, River Smith's Catering offers their mouthwatering cuisine for weddings throughout the surrounding areas. The culinary team has had their recipes in their family for generations, and strive to give couples and their guests tasty creations to remember. They have experience... (Wedding Caterers)

The Comforts of Home
The Comforts of Home
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Elizabeth, CO

The Comforts of Home Started as a small private catering company and has gone from catering small events to providing impeccable service to events with up to 200 guests. Currently, we service the Southern Metro Denver area as well as Parker, Castle Rock, Elizabeth, Kiowa, and Elbert. As the business... (Wedding Caterers)

Avita's Catering
Avita's Catering
Wedding Caterers · Providenciales, TC

You have found your Catering team for all occasions! We are ready to assist those planning weddings, banquets, birthday parties, board meetings and much more.We also provide private chef services; you and your guests can experience a flavorful gourmet dinner by a chef right in your home or private... (Wedding Caterers)

Nuzzi's Tin Tavern
Nuzzi's Tin Tavern
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Port Jervis, NY

Operating out of Port Jervis, New York, Nuzzi's Tin Tavern is a mobile bar and beverage service operating at exciting events such as wedding celebrations. The 1987 Chaparral Rustic Horse Trailer-turned chic bar is owned and operated by the vibrant Kaitlyn Iannuzzi. With more than one-and-a-half... (Wedding Caterers)

Fresh Taste Catering
Fresh Taste Catering
Wedding Caterers · Colorado Springs, CO

Operating out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Fresh Taste Catering serves weddings in the Centennial State. This family-run business has been complementing milestone occasions with their delicious and homespun cuisine since the mid-2010s. Dedicated to crafting wholesome dining experiences for all to... (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)

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)

Wholly Smokin
Wholly Smokin
Wedding Caterers · Florence, SC

Wholly Smokin is a wedding catering company operating out of Florence, South Carolina. This award-winning culinary team specializes in providing events of all shapes and sizes with handcrafted, slow-smoked BBQ dishes that look as good as they taste. Offering an extensive menu of Southern... (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.
Smash Events
Smash Events
73 reviews
CJ Cody
Cj Cody
5.0
We booked Smash for catering, floral, and planning for our Oct 17, 2020 wedding that ended up being in the middle of Covid-19 changes. I am ...
DRG Hospitality
DRG Hospitality
18 reviews
Yasmin
Yasmin M.
5.0
Wow! We cannot begin to explain how amazing of a job Vanessa and her team did for our wedding reception. From the catering, to the set up, ...
Renee
Renee
5.0
Old Carolina is a a must have for your wedding! We had a private tasting at the restaurant in Orrville where the food was outstanding. We ...
Dagar's Catering
Dagar's Catering
78 reviews
Penny
Penny P.
5.0
I experienced Dagar’s catering at my niece’s wedding and couldn’t get over their professionalism and their delicious food! We wanted ...
Michael's On East
Michael's On East
40 reviews
Shelby
Shelby G.
5.0
We worked with the Michaels On East team for our October 2020 Selby Gardens wedding. Their team was easy to work with, extremely detailed ...
Tina
Tina H.
5.0
The Bacon and Caviar team were divine! We went with them as they were a preferred vendor for our venue. But honestly, their hash brown ...
Sophia
Sophia L.
5.0
My husband and I LOVE Green Mesquite. We truly believe they are a hidden gem here in Austin. Delicious BBQ for a fraction of the cost of ...
Myranda
Myranda H.
5.0
Adriane's Delectables was the perfect caterer for our wedding at The Cedars in Acworth, Georgia. Adriane made sure the food was perfect, ...
Melissa
Melissa G.
5.0
Wendy and Bill were an absolute pleasure to work with!! I planned my wedding from another state (dang COVID) and didn’t meet them or taste ...
Reeves Catering
Reeves Catering
215 reviews
Tiffany
Tiffany T.
5.0
Reeves catering was the first call I made after booking our venue. We love working with Larry and Justin discussing menu ideas and ...
Sara
Sara G.
5.0
Nancy is a great caterer ... the food is delicious and she has a lot of the rentals you would need to host a small or larger wedding. We ...
Montilios
Montilios
377 reviews
Roxann
Roxann S.
5.0
Our favorite of our many cake tastings! We picked Montilio's because of the quality of the cake and the great customer service. We wanted a ...
Taylor
Taylor C.
5.0
The Festive Board catered our wedding on 1.10.21. Nikki and Ed made our foodie dreams come true, with a macaroni bar served in martini ...
Trisha
Trisha
4.8
The food was absolutely incredible! From the original tasting to the rescheduled wedding, to the pre-wedding Covid meeting, and the the big ...
Designed Events
Designed Events
78 reviews
Taylor
Taylor
5.0
When I tell you I am in love with Mark and John is an understatement. These two are amazing. We had to reschedule our tasting probably 5 ...
Coral
Coral
5.0
I found Goodrich by searching for the top-rated catering company within our budget. I reached out early (like a year and half before my ...
Harvest Moon Catering
Harvest Moon Catering
246 reviews
Madison
Madison S.
5.0
Great communication and even better food! I’m so glad we had HM with us for our wedding day, not only did they adapt to COVID restrictions ...
P.I.G.S BBQ Catering
P.I.G.S BBQ Catering
201 reviews
Katie
Katie L.
4.8
Pigs was a big hit at our wedding! We chose to do a macaroni and cheese bar with different meat toppings and other toppings. Pigs worked ...
RACHEL
Rachel S.
5.0
THE BEST. I hired Emily's catering group for my wedding on 10/17/20, and I cannot recommend them enough. Being a bride in 2020 certainly had ...
Raelea
Raelea B.
5.0
Mark and his wife were incredible to work with and so helpful through the whole process! Mark is so genuine and understanding I can’t say ...

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!