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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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Austin Catering
Austin Catering
174 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

Austin Catering is a personalized wedding caterer in Austin, Texas. This full-service boutique caterer creates and designs dream wedding menus throughout Central Texas. Their passion for food, artistic presentation, attentive service, and flawless execution will transform your wedding reception into... (Wedding Caterers)

Two Mikes Catering
Two Mikes Catering
138 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saint Louis, MO

Two Mikes Catering is a wedding catering company located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Started in 1995, this family-run business was founded by Mike Kenney. Services Offered This professional team is dedicated to helping couples bring their wedding vision to life with a tasty meal and high-quality... (Wedding Caterers)

Catering To You
Catering To You
6 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brookline, MA

Catering To You is a wedding and event caterer that is based in Brookline, Massachusetts. This is an experienced and talented catering company that has been catering events in New England since 1991. Catering To You specializes in personalized menus and beautiful presentations, perfect for your... (Wedding Caterers)

The Chef's Table
The Chef's Table
51 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Marshfield, MA

The Chef’s Table is a creative catering company located in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Their goal is to create a customized menu that will fit your personal tastes and wedding theme. They like to work closely with each couple to ensure your vision is brought to life. The Chef’s Table considers it an... (Wedding Caterers)

Savannah Event Catering
Savannah Event Catering
78 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Savannah, GA

Savannah Event Catering is a wedding catering company based in Savannah, Georgia. It is owned and operated by married couple Hayley Scomo and Executive Chef Mark Scomo. Mark attended the Culinary Arts Academy at the Atlantic College in New Jersey and honed his skills working for country clubs and... (Wedding Caterers)

CrepeMaker Catering
CrepeMaker Catering
Wedding Caterers · Miami, FL

The birth of CrepeMaker; With each passing second, ideas are conceived in the minds of the very individuals you see every day. From the most minor, subtle ideas, to the most revolutionary, world changing ideas, every human being has come up with a clever idea to change or create something new. Of... (Wedding Caterers)

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Sensory Delights Catering
Sensory Delights Catering
51 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Hollywood, FL

Sensory Delights, LLC is an experienced catering company based in Miami, Florida that can be hired for weddings and other special events. Co-owner and executive chef Alain Lemaire produces delicious meals that will satisfy you and all of your loved ones. In order to constantly have top-quality food,... (Wedding Caterers)

Casino Del Sol Resort & Spa
Casino Del Sol Resort & Spa
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Tucson, AZ

When it's time to say, "I do", then turn to us. Plan your wedding in style at Casino Del Sol. With our experienced team guiding you, the only limit to the grandest wedding of your dreams will be your own imagination. Picture a perfect wedding ceremony at our elevated gazebo in a verdant and velvet... (Wedding Caterers)

Mill House Brewing Company
Mill House Brewing Company
7 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Poughkeepsie, NY

Weddings & Off Premise Events Mill House Brewing Company is an extrememly successful Brew Pub restaurant that provides exquisite off site catering services to wedding clients all over the Hudson Valley. Under the supervision of Executive Chef Daniel Crocco, our passionate and respective staff is... (Wedding Caterers)

Abbeys Real Texas Bar-B-Q
Abbeys Real Texas Bar-B-Q
Wedding Caterers · San Diego, CA

BARBEQUE CATERING FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY If you’re looking for BBQ Catering in San Diego, look no further! Let Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ cater your wedding. We specialize in BBQ, but can costumize a menu to fit your vision and taste. Our passion is making the best barbecue for our customers and it will... (Wedding Caterers)

Eldorado Cafe
Eldorado Cafe
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

Based out of Austin, Texas, Eldorado Cafe is a restaurant serving Mexican-inspired cuisine at weddings and other special occasions. Co-founders Joel Fried and Joanna Fried lead a team of culinary experts to provide hearty fare to lift spirits and serve their community. This team is driven by a... (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)

The County Line
The County Line
Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

The County Line on the Lake has several party room options for groups of any size. Our large party tent can accomodate groups of up to 120comfortably or can be opened up onto the Lakesiode lawn for even larger parties. The Lake also offers a lakeside arbor that makes a great setting for your wedding... (Wedding Caterers)

Kitchen At Shale Hill Farm
Kitchen At Shale Hill Farm
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Saugerties, NY

We provide full service event catering in the Hudson Valley. We pride ourselves on our award-winning food, brought to you by Michelin star chef, Patti Jackson. Sourced from many local Hudson Valley farms, we are dedicated to sourcing quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients for your dinner. Offering... (Wedding Caterers)

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The PopCycle Bar
The PopCycle Bar
Wedding Caterers · Fort Lauderdale, FL

The PopCycle Bar is a wedding dessert catering company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Offering a delicious series of delightful popsicles, this fun-loving team is here to refresh and rejuvenate your guests. With over 40 different flavors and combinations available, these culinary professionals... (Wedding Caterers)

Ooga Booga Waffles
Ooga Booga Waffles
Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

Based in Austin, Texas, Ooga Booga Waffles is a joyful wedding vendor, offering up a breakfast food catering business with a penchant for fun. Started by college roommates Samara Green and Lizzy Markman, in combination with Micah Green and Logan Trussell, Ooga Booga Waffles began its journey. The... (Wedding Caterers)

Abanda Cafe and Bake Shop
Abanda Cafe and Bake Shop
1 review
· Wedding Caterers

Abanda Cafe and Bake Shop is a wedding catering business operating out of Auburn, Alabama. Brought together by a passion for food and romance, this culinary team delights in making Southern-inspired cuisine and delightful wedding cakes for happy couples. You and your loved ones will surely be... (Wedding Caterers)

Steelhammer Bartending Services
Steelhammer Bartending Services
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Burbank, CA

Located in Burbank, California, Steelhammer Bartending Services provides quality beverages and professional bartending for wedding events. These elite professionals have many years of experience in expertly serving all kinds of occasions. They aim to go above and beyond to elevate your celebration... (Wedding Caterers)

Coosh's Bayou Rouge
Coosh's Bayou Rouge
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Tallahassee, FL

Coosh's Bayou Rouge is a wedding catering company operating out of Tallahassee, Florida. Owned and operated by Durand ‘Coosh’ Willis and his wife Margaret, this experienced team of expert caterers specialize in providing celebrations with mouthwatering comfort food. With over two decades of... (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)

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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!