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Palate Pleasers

Palate Pleasers, Inc. is an award-winning wedding caterer, bakery and gourmet to-go business in Annapolis, Maryland...Read more that's served couples in Washington D.C., Baltimore and the Eastern Shore regions for more than 30 years. This family-owned and operated company provides wedding food and beverages as...

Busy Bee Catering

A family owned and operated catering company based in Portland, Busy Bee Catering is known for creative presentations...Read more and their use of local fresh ingredients. With over 25 years in the business, they help create menus to fit your tastes, venue and serving style. Busy Bee Catering helps make your...

Michael's On East

Michael's On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer, creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to...Read more dazzling galas for 1,000 guests held at any venue, for over 35 years. Passionate about creating unique, memorable experiences and menus with unparalleled attention to detail, it is...

Woodman's of Essex

Woodman's of Essex is a caterer serving wedding days in Essex, Massachusetts. Specializing in fresh New England-style...Read more seafood, guests will love their delicious offerings. Founded over a century ago, the business has delighted generations of diners with their signature Fried Clams. Services...

Carolyn's Personalized Catering

Carolyn’s Personalized Catering, LLC is a wedding caterer based out of Millbury, Ohio, that serves Toledo. This full...Read more service caterer would be honored to provide couples with delicious, high quality meals and professional service for your wedding events. They will do their best to please couples and...

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....

CarterQue

CarterQue is a wedding catering service located in Mount Airy, Maryland. Offering a stunning selection of barbecue meats...Read more and sides, these expert caterers take pride in the mouth-watering feast they can provide. Beginning in 2005, their skilled chefs have catered to countless celebrations, serving up...

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Lakefront Fine Wine & Spirits

Lakefront Fine Wine & Spirits is a family-owned-and-operated business based in Frederick, Maryland, that provides...Read more beverages for wedding catering and other special events. Since 2015, these dedicated family members and staff have aimed to provide a great customer experience. You can call upon these...

Jillicious Foods & Events

Jillicious Foods & Events is a full-service, boutique catering company in Brooklyn, New York, Jillicious Foods & Events...Read more 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...

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Bar Ro'd

BAR RO'D™ Mobile Bartending service is an industry trendsetter with an unwavering commitment for bringing creativity and...Read more innovation to every wedding and event. BAR RO'D™ is an experience of Heart and Hustle with an infectious enthusiasm for excellence. Our attention to detail, above and beyond...

Chago's Cantina

Chago's Cantina is a family owned restaurant and full-service catering company based in Nashville, Tennessee. This...Read more 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...

Wood Oven Eats Catering

Wood Oven Eats Catering is a casual catering company based in Knoxville, Tennessee. This catering business, which...Read more arrives in the form of a mobile food truck, specializes in crafting wood-fired pizzas that add entertainment to any event. The chefs blend organic and locally-sourced ingredients to...

Palms Plaza Catering

Based in Matawan, New Jersey, Palms Plaza Catering offers fully customizable menus and meals to satisfy to-be-weds and...Read more their guests on their wedding day. A family-run company, this business has more than 25 years of experience. Their food can be served at showers and rehearsal dinners, as well as...

CATERING & CREATIONS

Located in Madisonville, Kentucky, Catering & Creations is a wedding catering business with a flair for fresh, delicious...Read more cuisine. Renowned for professionalism and all-inclusive packages, the company works tirelessly to create mouthwatering dining experiences that will leave a lasting impression....

Wellfleet Raw Bars

Wellfleet Raw Bars is a Wellfleet, Massachusetts-based business that offers wedding catering services. These premier...Read more aquaculturists and harvesters offer "tide-to-table" shellfish. To-be-weds can call on these friendly professionals to add a high-end raw bar for their guests. Services...

Avita's Catering

You have found your Catering team for all occasions! We are ready to assist those planning weddings, banquets, birthday...Read more 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...

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....

Gouda Charcuterie Boards

Gouda Charcuterie Boards is a wedding caterer located in Mira Loma, California. This business continues to flourish with...Read more every delicious display and creative design. With the help of their dedicated staff, Gouda Charcuterie Boards is happy to deliver, set up, and clean up your delectable boards....

Monchy´s Snacks LLC

Monchy´s Snacks is a catering company based in Arlington, Texas. Owners Monze and Sergio strive to create memorable...Read more milestone memories for couples with their custom-built Elote Bar. This dedicated duo's core values focus on social responsibility, continuous personal growth, and exceptional customer...

Design Cuisine Caterers

Award winning - Design Cuisine is a full service caterer providing a custom experience for each and every client in DC,...Read more VA, and MD. With more than 38 years of leading the Washington catering and event industry, the company continues to provide the innovative menus, quality food preparation,...

AmeriCaters

AmeriCaters is a catering business located in Aventura, Miami and serving all of South Florida. With fresh ingredients,...Read more professional service and attention to detail, couples are sure to be thrilled to have AmeriCaters catering their big day.Services Offered AmeriCaters offers a variety of services...

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The Classic Catering People

The Classic Catering People is a woman-owned wedding catering business based in Owings Mills, Maryland. They are a proud...Read more member of the Leading Caterers of America (LCA), an invitation-only, peer-evaluated membership group of the top caterers in the United States and Canada. Excellence, in other...

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Walter Burke Catering

Walter Burke Catering is an event catering company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Creating one-of-a-kind events with...Read more warmth and professionalism since 1981, the full-service catering company strives to plan and execute flawless functions. Walter Burke Catering serves the state of New Mexico, Arizona,...

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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