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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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Antony & Cleopatra Caterers
Antony & Cleopatra Caterers
29 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Williamstown, NJ

Antony & Cleopatra Caterers is a catering business situated in Williamstown, New Jersey. Couples have the option of enjoying their wedding menu served at either the elegant Williamstown location, where they are based, or at their own venue of choice. With over 40 years of experience, they are well... (Wedding Caterers)

Maryland Country Caterers, Inc
Maryland Country Caterers, Inc
99 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Owings, MD

Maryland Country Caterers, Inc is a full-service wedding catering company based out of Owings, Maryland. They offer couples innovative cuisine options and a dedication to execution. Couples can expect an attentive staff as well as first-class chefs. Their stress-free service allows them to offer... (Wedding Caterers)

Swartz Catering
Swartz Catering
31 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Somerville, MA

Swartz Catering specializes in exquisite food, elegant presentation, and exceptional service. We create distinctive events while blending classic cuisine of the highest quality with individual attention and seamless orchestration. Services Offered A small, highly personalized, custom, boutique... (Wedding Caterers)

Nicolette's Catering
Nicolette's Catering
6 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Vancouver, WA

Nicolette's Catering is a wedding and event catering company based in Vancouver, Washington. Niki Davis, the owner of the organization, utilizes her many years of experience in the industry in order to design and execute couples' envisioned events. Offering fresh, handmade dishes and contemporary,... (Wedding Caterers)

Vibrant Occasions Catering
Vibrant Occasions Catering
107 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Benton, AR

Vibrant Occasions Catering is a wedding caterer based in Benton, Arkansas, owned and operated by Chef Serge Krikorian and his wife Mary. Spread over 10,000 square feet of catering space, Vibrant Occasions Catering houses a professional kitchen and bakery, a construction space to build props for... (Wedding Caterers)

Food For The Soul Catering & Events
Food For The Soul Catering & Events
116 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Wailuku, HI

Food for the Soul is a caterer in Wailuku, Hawaii, specializing in upscale food, stellar service, and striking presentation. The team is down-to-earth, has strong communication skills, and is upfront about pricing (keeping things affordable is something they do well). Food for the Soul is owned by... (Wedding Caterers)

Anything Goes Fine Catering
Anything Goes Fine Catering
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Mammoth Lakes, CA

Anything Goes Fine Catering is a cuisine business based out of Mammoth Lakes, California. This caterer has provided delicious dishes for wedding receptions since 1987. They specialize in outdoor occasions and have dedicated themselves to providing exceptional services along with delicious food.... (Wedding Caterers)

Fusion Cuisine Catering
Fusion Cuisine Catering
38 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · San Antonio, TX

Fusion Cuisine Catering is a wedding catering company based in San Antonio, Texas that also serves New Braunfels, Boerne and the surrounding areas. Thanks to their passion for food, they are known for creating unique meals with diverse ingredients. Regardless of your palate or price range, Fusion... (Wedding Caterers)

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Sukhadia Caterers
Sukhadia Caterers
79 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · South Plainfield, NJ

For couples looking for the nostalgic taste of India, check out Sukhadia Caterers, a full-service wedding catering 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... (Wedding Caterers)

The Bus Boy LLC
The Bus Boy LLC
Wedding Caterers · Carson City, NV

Northern Nevada's Only Double Decker Food Truck & Dine-In Restaurant.The Bus Boy Mobile Cuisine serves street side as well as upper deck 50's style, upper level dining room! (Wedding Caterers)

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First Class Catering Service
First Class Catering Service
9 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Palm Desert, CA

First Class Catering Service is a full-service wedding catering company based out of Palm Desert, California. Providing 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... (Wedding Caterers)

Golden Caterings
Golden Caterings
1 review
· Wedding Caterers · Branson, MO

Based in Branson, Missouri, Golden Caterings is a full-service wedding catering company. Delivering delicious meals in a variety of different styles, this company works with each couple to understand what they need on their special day. No matter the size of your celebration, Golden Caterings can be... (Wedding Caterers)

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Rollatini Italian Restaurant
Rollatini Italian Restaurant
17 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · West Palm Beach, FL

Rollatini Italian Restaurant and Catering is family owned and operated since 2006. Rollatini is proud to serve the South Florida community with exceptional cuisine, staff, and customer service for all wedding events. Chef Victor, along with his family, provide a personal touch to your special day.... (Wedding Caterers)

B & C Soul Food Catering
B & C Soul Food Catering
Wedding Caterers · Bloomfield, NJ

Based out of Bloomfield, New Jersey, B & C Soul Food Catering delights in complementing weddings with their All-American cuisine. As the owner and lead cook, Robert Penick has been serving up Southern-inspired fare for happy couples and their loved ones since 2017. You and your significant other... (Wedding Caterers)

Cheerful Heart Catering
Cheerful Heart Catering
Wedding Caterers · Charleston, WV

Cheerful Heart Catering, based in Charleston, West Virginia, offers expert catering services to weddings and other celebratory events. For over a decade, they have provided personalized, delicious meals to their clients for a wide variety of occasions. They offer traditional, American-style dishes... (Wedding Caterers)

Who's Cooking Gourmet Catering
Who's Cooking Gourmet Catering
Wedding Caterers · West Palm Beach, FL

Who’s Cooking Gourmet Catering is a wedding caterer in South Florida. They aim to take a fresh approach in providing delicious menu options for celebrations of varying scales. Their experienced chefs will do their best to deliver a service that both delights and impresses you and your... (Wedding Caterers)

Chapman House Smoked Meats
Chapman House Smoked Meats
Wedding Caterers · Houston, TX

The owner and operator is a lifelong restaurant professional with a variety of experience within the industry including fine dining and as a sommelier. His passion for Barbecue developed on frequent visits to College Station where, Rebecca, his future wife was attending school. He found an old... (Wedding Caterers)

Savory Sweet Eatery
Savory Sweet Eatery
Wedding Caterers · Monticello, NY

Savory Sweet Eatery is a wedding catering business based out of Monticello, New York. Their aim is to provide a distinctive fusion of American and French cuisine that delights palates, tames appetites, and does justice to the milestone occasion. Those seeking culinary experts who can provide... (Wedding Caterers)

Catering Connections
Catering Connections
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Port Saint Joe, FL

Catering Connections offers a wide variety of menu items from Port St Joe, Apalachicola and St. George Island's favorite restaurants for intimate dinners, family gatherings, business meetings, weddings and events of any size. We take the stress out of planning by working with you and your event... (Wedding Caterers)

Itsa Pizza Truck
Itsa Pizza Truck
4 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · High Falls, NY

Itsa Pizza Truck is a mobile wood fired pizzeria based in High Falls, New York, catering weddings in the Hudson Valley. Their sourdough crusts are baked to crispy perfection in a mobile wood fired pizza oven. Your guests will love the rustic ambiance of having their experienced team crank out... (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!