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  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmine O.
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A Family Affair Event decorating did an amazing job decorating the ceremony and reception for my wedding on 12/16/2017. I was blown away at how they transformed the ceremony space. It was absolutely beautiful and they were great to work with. I highly recommend them!

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia B.
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Kristen went above and beyond! The food was enjoyed by all at the wedding. Such a great company to use for all of your catering needs!!!!!!!

The Kickin' Chicken Bus
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Korie A.
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Bountiful Feast catered our wedding reception of about 90 people. They were amazing! They showed up early and had all the tables set up and looking great, they even gave us ideas on how we could better arrange everything and we liked it more than our original ideas. The food was delicious and all prepared fresh, and the servers were great at keeping the tables cleared of used dishes. Jim, his wife Jen, and all of their staff were friendly and helpful, I would absolutely recommend them to anybody.

David's BBQ & Catering
from 6 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah C.
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The service here was INCREDIBLE. Of all the aspects of planning our wedding, the catering turned out to be the most enjoyable simply because of the honesty, helpfulness, and flexibility of the staff at David's Catering. First, when I gave them our budget they immediately came up with numerous creative ideas to help us stay within our budget while still having everything we desired from our caterer, and there were never any unexpected upcharges. We ended up with food left over, for a price that was almost half what other caters wanted to charge us for even less options. Their servers were extremely cheerful, professional, and made sure everyone had enough to eat. The food was unique and flavorful and we were given a wide variety of choices to choose from. Finally, as a local business I felt like David's Catering treated us like family. They went above and beyond to give us an amazing deal for their services, prepared all the food with care, and were always very responsive, including a few last minute changes and requests we had. Overall, I could not recommend David's Catering highly enough, I researched, met with, and got quotes from caters all of Alachua County, and I can say with confidence David's Catering is the best you will find!

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ann H.
Verified review

If I could give Ali 10 stars, I would. We had a small wedding of 40. Ali was extremely organized the minute she walked in the door. Besides taking care of the wine and beer we served, she also helped with the cake cutting and just overall clean up during the wedding. Ali helped make my daughter's small wedding feel like the event we hoped it would be. I can't thank her enough for all her help and will book her again when the opportunities arise.

  • 6 years in business
Jack S.
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John and Cindy at Our Personal Touch Photography are spectacular! They pay close attention to all the details of every shot. Cindy was very professional in handling the wedding party and family for the posed pictures. My daughter will treasure her wedding pictures forever! Thank you, Our Personal Touch Photography!

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly A.
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We hired Riccardo's to cater my daughter's wedding reception last year. Their service was great and everything went smoothly. They had various options available per price range and the food was delicious. We would hire them again with no reservations!

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    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good caterer?

    Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

    If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

    How much does wedding catering cost per person?

    Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

    What should you look for in a caterer?

    A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

    • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
    • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
    • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
    • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
    • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
    • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

    How much should catering cost for a wedding?

    The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
    • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
    • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
    • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

    How do you serve food at a wedding?

    Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

    • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
    • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
    • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
    • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
    • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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