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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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At Ease Catering
At Ease Catering
Wedding Caterers · Port Saint Lucie, FL

We are a locally based catering team who can ensure that you get everything that you need when it comes to providing food for a special occasion. We know just how important it is to be able to serve high quality and tasty food to the guests at your event, and that is why our fully qualified team... (Wedding Caterers)

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Densetsu, Born and Braised
Densetsu, Born and Braised
Wedding Caterers · Buckley, WA

We are a Family, Veteram and Local to Seattle owned Food Service Company. Our Speciaty is having the capapbility to conform to multiple cuisines to suit the needs of our guests. Our Chef has worked for and owned some of the best and most well knowm restaurants in Seattle to San Diego and even spent... (Wedding Caterers)

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Bold Catering & Design
Bold Catering & Design
217 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Atlanta, GA

Bold Catering & Design is wedding catering company based in Atlanta, Georgia. This vendor provides great catering with chef-inspired menus along with award-winning design. Bold Catering & Design is dedicated to providing customized menus and an amazing experience to your wedding day. Services... (Wedding Caterers)

Typical Price $12,000
DELECTABLES by Holly Catering
DELECTABLES by Holly Catering
29 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Charlotte, NC

Delectables by Holly is an award-winning catering company located in Charlotte, North Carolina & has been in business over 25 years. We specialize in serving clients with higher expectations and design completely custom menus for every event. Food plays an important role in a reception and we seek... (Wedding Caterers)

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Blackstone Caterers
Blackstone Caterers
133 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Middletown, RI

Blackstone Caterers is a catering company based in Middletown, Rhode Island that has been servicing events since 1945. Whether your event is big or small, they are dedicated to giving you a boutique approach, customizing every detail and exceeding your expectations.Services Offered Blackstone’s... (Wedding Caterers)

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Culinary Art Catering
Culinary Art Catering
142 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Dallas, TX

Culinary Art Catering is a Dallas-based wedding caterer that has been in business for over 20 years. Their experienced team can create an entire menu specific to your budget, wishlist and needs. Their strict attention to detail combined with creatively-composed cuisine will make your day a true work... (Wedding Caterers)

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Tasty Table Catering
Tasty Table Catering
43 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Berwyn, PA

George McLoughlin is the founder and owner of Tasty Table Catering. With almost twenty years of catering experience, he knows what customers expect. Tasty Table is well-versed at both corporate and event catering. Our team understands that exceptional catering really boils down to two key... (Wedding Caterers)

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FareStart Catering
FareStart Catering
14 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Seattle, WA

FareStart Catering is a full-service professional caterer and wedding venue loacted in Seattle that can help you create a truly memorable event. They offer delicious food and outstanding service at their venues, or a venue of your choice. Facilities and CapabilitiesFareStart Catering offers three... (Wedding Caterers)

Fig Tree Catering
Fig Tree Catering
16 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Reno, NV

Fig Tree Catering Co. of Reno, Nevada is a catering business available for wedding events. Established in 2000, Fig Tree Catering Co. offers a variety of dining styles and cuisine, with the option to customize to your taste preferences and event style. The owner of Fig Tree Catering Co. is a... (Wedding Caterers)

Delectables Fine Catering
Delectables Fine Catering
653 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Palm Harbor, FL

Delectables Fine Catering is a full-service wedding catering company in Palm Harbor, Florida. This chef-owned catering company provides luxury dining experiences for couples of all styles and budgets. They are one of the top Tampa-area caterers, winning several awards from the National Association... (Wedding Caterers)

Belle Fleur
Belle Fleur
104 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Huntsville, AL

Belle Fleur is a full-service floral and catering company located in Hunstville, Alabama. Boasting over 40 years of experience, Belle Fleur provides a variety of catering styles such as buffet, custom menu, stations, and more. From American cuisine to Italian delicacies, they can give you the... (Wedding Caterers)

Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
194 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Nags Head, NC

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe is a catering service located in Nags Head, North Carolina. Whether your ceremony is simple or lavish, our talented staff can accommodate you. Our delicious food will be a memorable part of your wedding, sure to have your guests talking for years to come. Serving both... (Wedding Caterers)

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Sharko's Catering
Sharko's Catering
84 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Phoenix, AZ

Sharko’s Catering is a full-service catering company that services weddings and events throughout the Valley of the Sun and beyond. Family owned and operated Sharko's Catering takes great pride in creating delicious cuisine, as well as excellent customer service. From simple to elegant ... we will... (Wedding Caterers)

The Perfect Pear Catering
The Perfect Pear Catering
97 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Jacksonville, FL

The Perfect Pear Catering Company is a wedding caterer based in Jacksonville, Florida. This caterer is proud of the fine food that it offers to each couple. Whether you have a rustic or chic wedding, The Perfect Pear will provide food that fits the style of your wedding. Services OfferedThe Perfect... (Wedding Caterers)

All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility
18 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Waldo, OH

All Occasions Catering & Banquet Facility is a full-service wedding and event catering company located in Waldo, Ohio. This family-owned-and-operated establishment has been serving delicious dishes with a friendly smile since 1982. The talented team behind this business takes great pride in helping... (Wedding Caterers)

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Creative Hands Cuisine
Creative Hands Cuisine
102 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Mesa, AZ

The Creative Hands Mission: To take a vision created by the client and create a one of kind culinary concert containing elements of great food and service to produce a theatrical and memorable experience for their guests. If the old adage of “you are what you eat” is true. It would be best to eat... (Wedding Caterers)

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Bradford Catered Events
Bradford Catered Events
101 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Knoxville, TN

Bradford Catered Events is a wedding catering company located in Knoxville, Tennessee. They create completely customized menus based on their client’s preferences and work with the other vendors to ensure that your day goes off without a hitch. Bradford Catered Events provides you and your guests... (Wedding Caterers)

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Terrace Catering
Terrace Catering
83 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Edgerton, KS

A gourmet wedding catering company in Edgerton, Kansas, Terrace Catering is a mother-daughter duo that love to craft incredible tasting foods for their clients. One of the most important aspects to planning your wedding day is choosing the caterer. By booking Terrace Catering, you are assured both... (Wedding Caterers)

Courtney's Catering
Courtney's Catering
37 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Austin, TX

Courtney’s Catering is a family-owned catering company in Austin, Texas. This father-daughter team has been providing full-service catering for weddings of all sizes throughout Austin and the surrounding area since 2000. From casual fare to extravagant meals, Courtney’s Catering will bring your... (Wedding Caterers)

Little Miami River Catering
Little Miami River Catering
22 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Xenia, OH

Little Miami River Catering is a delicious wedding catering service based in Xenia, Ohio. Whether it’s a formal sit-down occasion or a more laid back family-style reception, couples have the ability to choose the cuisine that best fits their special day. In addition, the Little Miami River Catering... (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!