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  • Relish Classic Catering

    From classic, to extravagant, to extraordinary, we are proud to produce events designed uniquely for every couple. Every...Read more couple is different, every event is superior and we understand your wedding should be treasured. Producing perfectly polished plates, succulent hors d’oeuvres and beautiful...

  • 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...

  • McKenzie's BBQ

    McKenzie's BBQ is a wedding caterer serving up flame-grilled delicious cooking in Conroe, Texas. The team offers...Read more laid-back communal dining for parties of all sizes. Couples and their guests will love their recipes, which use only premium cuts of the most flavorful meat. Services Offered McKenzie's...

  • Wine Country Artisans Catering

    Wine Country Artisans Catering is a wedding caterer based in Guerneville, California, who services Sonoma and Napa...Read more counties, San Francisco and the Greater Bay area. The WeddingWire Couple’s Choice award-winning company has over three decades of full-service catering experience. Executive Chef and...

  • Concetta's Catering

    Located in Saint Charles, Missouri, Concetta's Catering offers wedding catering services in Missouri and Illinois. They...Read more make a wide variety of American and Italian dishes, including custom menus for your wedding day. Other than delicious meals, they also provide bartending services and event...

  • 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...

  • Fresh Art Foodie

    Fresh Art Foodie is a wedding and event catering service based in Dallas, Texas. This team comprises seasoned chefs,...Read more nutritionists, and event planners who can work with couples to tailor a service to their tastes and needs. These experts see the meal as more than just nourishment, they know the...

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  • Simon Hall Private Chef

    Simon Hall Private Chef provides health-conscious wedding catering services in Knoxville, Tennessee. Passionate about...Read more bringing people together over a delicious meal, this chef works with couples to design a menu tailored to their event. With a stylish spin on household classics, wedding-goers can...

  • Spice Route Melange

    Spice Route Melange is a restaurant and wedding catering company based in Parsippany, New Jersey. This professional team...Read more delights in providing high-quality cuisine combined with personalized service to ensure that your event is one to remember. Cuisine The Spice Route team specializes in pan-Indian...

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  • Classic Culinaire

    At Classic Culinaire, we have a mission to provide our clients and their families and/or guests with an experience they...Read more will never forget. With more than 14 years in the business you can trust us to create your personalized exceptional experience. We have put together an all star wedding team who...

  • Big Easy Event Rentals

    At Big Easy Event Rentals, we will provide the greatest experience possible for any event or party. Our company believes...Read more that there is never an event too big or small for us to accommodate. It is our number one goal at Big Easy Event Rentals to bring any client's requests to life! Our main concern...

  • Emerald City Catering

    Comfort Food for the Soul At Emerald City Catering, we strive to create an event that meets your heart’s desire. Our...Read more passion is providing delicious food and memorable customer service. We will work with you to customize your event. That may mean using family recipes, traditions, or special drinks,...

  • Poppa Naps BBQ LLC

    Poppa Naps BBQ LLC is a specialty wedding caterer, operating out of Southern Utah. Owned and operated by grillmaster...Read more Napoleon Bacerra, this business has been serving delectable fare for special events for over twelve years. Since Poppa Naps has recently moved, Poppa Naps BBQ was beloved in the...

  • Fuego Tortilla Grill - Waco

    Based in Waco, Texas, Fuego Tortilla Grill is a catering company that provides incredible wedding cuisine. Specializing...Read more in classic Mexican fare, this talented team offers full-service catering for newlyweds-to-be looking to celebrate their special day. With delicious menu options including steak...

  • Tipsy Tending

    Tipsy Tending is a Bessemer, Alabama-based business that offers bartending and catering services for weddings and other...Read more special events. This team takes pride in providing delectable catering and energetic bartending with both professionalism and affordability. Couples may call on these event experts...

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  • 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...

  • Thyme & Date

    Based in Dallas, Texas, Thyme & Date is a wedding cocktail catering company. Owners Bozena and Leon specialize in...Read more providing charcuterie boards and grazing tables for events of all sizes. They are happy to work with couples all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as travel throughout Texas. They...

  • Brie Grazing Boards

    We are a Bay Area Charcuterie business which started in the peak of the pandemic. We specialize in weddings, corporate...Read more orders, workshops and events. We believe that food should taste as good as it looks and we bring a classy, grazing sensation to your event. Premium, fresh produce, artisan cheeses...

  • The Daiquiri Den

    The Daiquiri Den is a mobile bar service catering to weddings and special events in the Grand Prairie, Texas area. These...Read more bartending experts can serve up a selection of beverages to accompany the meal and prepare guests for an evening on the dance floor. Friendly and helpful, the team works with...

  • Bonfire Oyster Co.

    Bonfire Oyster Co. is a wedding catering company based in Western Colorado. Their wandering oyster bar is the perfect...Read more accompaniment to any milestone event. The dedicated team at this business strives to source premium shellfish from the most reputable oyster farms in the country, combined with...

  • Zombie Pig BBQ

    Based in Columbus, GA, Zombie Pig BBQ provides a variety of flavorsome dishes to cater to a couple's wedding day. This...Read more restaurant specializes in classic American BBQ, giving each visitor's special day a comforting, down-to-earth dining experience. With their high-quality meats and mouthwatering side...

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  • Personal Chef KC

    Operating out of Kansas City, Missouri, Personal Chef KC is a catering service for weddings and related events. The...Read more company is led by Chef Leto Blackman. He is a classically trained chef and trained under Michael Smith. With more than five years of experience, he has now provided the cuisine for a...

  • Zarda BBQ

    Based in Blue Springs, Missouri, Zarda BBQ is a wedding catering business specializing in slow-cooked meats and...Read more buffet-style dining. After more than 45 years of catering for weddings, the culinary team continues to provide memorable and delicious dining experiences. Couples can customize their...

  • Schneider's of Capitol Hill

    Wedding vows are meant to last, so why not start with a beverage partner celebrating 70 years? Schneider's is an...Read more institution in Washington, DC, offering a world-class selection of wine, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic beverages for weddings of any size. What else do you get from a business founded...

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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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