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Aroma Espresso

Aroma Espresso and Cappuccino Bar, brewing coffee for your next special event is an on-site vendor in Miami. Their...Read more full-service gourmet cappuccino and espresso bar has been around since 2003. Services Offered Aroma Espresso and Cappuccino Bar, brewing coffee for your next special event combines...

High Point Events

Your wedding day should be a memorable occasion filled with excitement, joy, and more love & happiness than you’ve ever...Read more 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...

$10k - $12k

Hachland Hill

!!!!!NEW AVAILABILITY JUNE 11!!!!! Early Writers called this Northwest corner of Davidson County, “a land of mystery”...Read more where crystal springs flow and the land remains wild. Historically home to Native Americans (Cherokee and Chickasaw) –Abundant natural resources made it possible to live well off the...

Total Wine & More

Total Wine & More is an independent alcohol retailer with stores based all over the country. Their employees are...Read more 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...

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Sukhadia Caterers

For couples looking for the nostalgic taste of India, check out Sukhadia Caterers, a full-service wedding catering...Read more company in South Plainfield, New Jersey. With over 26 years of experience and retail locations across the country, Sukhadia Caterers provides excellent food quality and service to every...

First Class Catering Service

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

La Dolce Vita Events

La Dolce Vita Events is devoted to bringing you an event with dazzling ambience, innovative cuisine and exemplary...Read more service. We achieve this with a combination of contemporary presentations and refined global cuisine that creates an atmosphere that will leave you and your guests with a wonderful...

High Country Hops

Enhance your big day with High Country Hops! We are a mobile beverage dispensing and events company based in...Read more Taylorsville, NC! Our Tap Trailer is fully refrigerated and features 6 beverage dispensing taps, swing-away chalk boards, beautiful rustic shiplap paneling, recessed lighting, and a mounted...

The southern peel

Based in Bluffton, South Carolina, The Southern Peel is a wedding catering business. Working out of a vintage pizza...Read more truck, owner Chloe Zmolek sees food as a way to share love with people. She has worked in the food industry for several years, including at an award-winning pizza bar. Cuisine The...

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CHEF JU'VON'S PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES

Chef Ju'von's Personal Chef Services creates breathtaking wedding cuisine and is based in Sanford, Florida. Priding...Read more itself on its abstract spin on food, this company celebrates the food of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Chef Ju'von is excited to help you compile a tailored menu for your big...

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Jon G's Barbecue

Jon G's Barbecue is a wedding catering company based in Peachland, North Carolina. Garren “Jon G” and Kelly Kirkman are...Read more passionate about what they do; they feel that making great-tasting barbecue is a labor of love. They began their journey making delicious dishes for family and friends, but it...

Food Design Catering

Food Design Catering is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based business known for providing high-quality catering services at...Read more wedding celebrations. This team is led by the talented chef, Michael William Batt. These experts are all about providing deliciously-tasting meals with fabulous presentations. Chef...

A Delicious Catering Service Event and Design

A Delicious Catering Service Event and Design is an organic catering business in Miami, Florida. Experienced and...Read more professional, they offer couples quality food and service. A Delicious Catering Service Event and Design prides themselves on providing a personal touch to every catering event. Services...

Catering by Mark

Catering by Mark is a business based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that provides a service to weddings. These...Read more culinary specialists delight in creating a memorable experience for all of their clients. Their aim is to eliminate much of the stress involved in crafting a dining experience while...

Domenica

Domenica is a wedding venue located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This restaurant is replete with Italian charm, ideal for...Read more 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....

Foothills Catering

Foothills Catering serves delicious food at weddings in the Loveland, Colorado area. The team uses only the freshest...Read more ingredients to create dishes that will delight guests. They prioritize the needs of couples, ensuring that each event they cater runs smoothly. Services Offered Foothills Catering’s...

Tierra A Taza Coffee Cart

Tierra A Taza Coffee Cart, based out of Arlington, Texas, offers coffee and other refreshments for weddings and other...Read more special events. The husband-and-wife team behind this company was inspired to open for business from a passion to share their Mexican heritage with the local community. They see...

Wanna Empanada

Wanna Empanada is a family opearted empanada food truck. We currently have over 60 savory and sweet empanada fillings in...Read more which you can choose to be as adventurous or as classic as you’d like. We specialize in post wedding food service. Contact us today for pricing and availability....

Sassy Onion

Sassy Onion is a family-operated wedding-catering company based in Salem, Oregon. The aim to provide budget-friendly,...Read more comforting classics that you and your guests will love. Whether you're hosting an elegant reception or a post-wedding brunch, this company can meet your needs by providing the...

Mexico City Cuisine Catering Service

Mexico City Cuisine Catering Service is a wedding catering company based in Carlsbad, California. This full-service...Read more caterer specializes in providing couples with authentic Mexican food and Santa Maria BBQ. Services Offered The company strives to offer every couple a memorable experience that is as...

Juliana's Catering

Juliana’s Catering of Sudbury, Massachusetts offers personalized catering and event planning and management. For those...Read more in the greater Boston area, choose to hold your wedding celebration at a predetermined location or at one of five exclusive venues associated with this catering business. Enjoy...

EIGHT4NINE

EIGHT4NINE Restaurant and Lounge is a high-quality wedding venue located in Palm Springs, California. Located in the...Read more very fashionable Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, this fancy venue serves delicious meals with a friendly atmosphere. EIGHT4NINE works with their clients every step of the way...

$10k - $15k

Chef Dane’s Kitchen

Based in Denver, Colorado, Chef Dane’s Kitchen is a luxury wedding caterer. This business aims to create an excellent...Read more culinary experience for you and your guests using organic, locally-sourced ingredients. They are honored to help you and your loved ones connect over an excellent meal during your...

East Coast Shuckers

East Coast Shuckers is a wedding catering company operating out of Indialantic, Florida. The team of talented chefs...Read more strives to create memorable dishes for their clients’ celebrations. Using locally sourced seafood, meats, and fresh produce, they are dedicated to providing the highest quality dining...

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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.

  • $ 400 or less Lower range
  • $ 4,000 Average cost
  • $ 1,800 - $ 7,000 Most couples spend between
  • $ 13,000 or more Upper range

Costs displayed 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!

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