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Jacksonville Inexpensive Wedding Caterers

Browse these inexpensive wedding caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Jacksonville.

A1 Catering
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Michael H.
Verified review

A1 Catering is definitely an "A1" choice. Communication was great from the very beginning, and they worked with my wife and I through out the planning and the execution of our wedding. I would recommend A1 Catering to anyone looking for a reliable and affordable caterer for their wedding!

The Belly Chef
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Steve P.
Verified review

She was amazing! She was responsive and she suggested menu choices that were unique to our evening. Her food was over the top and my wife and I had so much fun as she cooked for us. We will so ask her back...she made our 20th wedding anniversary a night to remember!

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Cultured Foods Catering
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea R.
Verified review

Chef Matthew was incredible, the food was amazing from presentation to melt in your mouth delicious!! His servers just kept giving the highest quality one could ask for and as a team it was delightful to meet and work with them. As a wedding planner I meet all types and styles Chef Matthew will forever be my go to cater when I have the choice.

  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Amy W.
Verified review

Jenielle went way above and beyond to create a paleo wedding cake for my husband and me. She had never baked paleo prior to my request, but, unlike other bakers, was willing to try...and our cake turned out fantastic!! Highly recommend!!! Fantastic experience!!!

The Organic Anchor Co.
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Donna S.
Verified review

I went to a wedding that was catered by the Organic Anchor. The food was superb, the staff was very friendly, hospitable, efficient and quick to provide for every need that the attendees seemed to have needed. I can't say enough about food. Since then I have eaten at the Organic Anchor and it never fails!

  • 6 years in business
Trina B.
Verified review

Atir catering, decorated and catered my wedding with over 150 people!!! My wedding was beautiful. Once I booked Atir Catering, it was smooth sailing, mo worries at all, everything was so elegant !!!

Christopher Wynn Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Will H.
    Verified review

    Chris W Catering did my daughters wedding and everything was just perfect. His team performed the task of excellently from the moment the sat down with us to hear the vision of the wedding to returning the kitchen and prep area back to good condition for the venue. Chris and his team delivered fresh authentic food to us and I believe there was way more food for the amount of people we paid for in the contract. He and his staff were friendly and knowledgable from start to finish. I would definitely recommend Chris W Catering to anyone!

    Simplyy Southern Catering
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Katrina M.
    Verified review

    Simply Southern Catering provided services for my wedding reception and the food was wonderful. My family, friends as well as my Husband and I enjoyed every bite. The Owner is very knowledgeable, clean and presentation of the food was beautiful. Simply Southern Catering is definitely the company you want at your event.

    • 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.

    Mangroves Catering
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 33 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Leah B.
    Verified review

    Chef Greg at Mangroves was amazing to work with for our wedding. The food was delicious, everyone had only good things to say about it—especially the mahi tacos and the crab cakes! Leading up to the event, Greg was awesome about working with us to cement the menu and everything was so reasonably priced. The "build your own" tacos was so fun and was exactly the vibe we were looking for. We would recommend Mangroves to anyone and everyone.

    Chef Mel
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
      Lauren P.
      Verified review

      Melody catered my wedding of 200 plus people and the food was amazing. Every guest made sure to tell me it was the best wedding food they ever had. She worked with me to make sure the menu was exactly what I wanted. She is a true rock star!!

      Quinoa & Cocoa
      5.0
      from 4 reviews
      • 4 years in business
      Mandy F.
      Verified review

      I had the privilege of having my wedding cake made by Verousce in January 2014. I wasn't 100 percent sure what I wanted and she gave me advice on ideas for design, flavours etc. Not only was my cake one of a kind but it was elegant and was definitely the focal point of our special day. The cake was delivered and set up on the day and we only had wonderful and reliable service from Verousce. Thank you for making us a cake we will never forget!

      Karen's Catering, LLC
      5.0
      from 4 reviews
      • 22 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Kit S.
      Verified review

      Service was absolutely perfect! Karen really made us feel like family and took care of our every need and question in a timely manner! The food for our wedding reception was superb! All our guests loved it and had nothing bad to say! Even in the wake of a hurricane Karen ensured that everything would go off with only us getting hitched! 100 Percent would recomend and hire again for any catering needs. We had chicken and pork loin, root vegetables, salad, rolls and all the beverages we could want in iced tea, coffee, bottled water and lemonade. Ended up with a lot of extra food and Karen and her staff were making take away boxes for our guests since we had a reduced attendance due to the hurricane. Never had to worry about a thing. You cannot go wrong hiring Karen, she works hard and cares about her customers! Thank you so much for all your help and services, our day would not have been the same without you!

      • 38 years in business
      Lori Z.
      Verified review

      Chef Pepe and his team were wonderful to work with! We searched high and low to find a caterer that was within our budget but that had exceptional food and service. Chef Pepe went out of his way to ensure we got exactly what we wanted at every step of the planning process. The food was exceptional and we still have guests raving about the herb roasted chicken and sirloin! If we ever have another event in Jacksonville, Chef Pepe and his team will be the ones we call on without a doubt.

      • 21 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Victoria B.
      Verified review

      Chef Celestia did a wonderful job catering our wedding the Service was excellent and the food was fantastic!! I would highly recommend her and her team for any event.

      A Dyess Event Productions
      4.0
      from 3 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Melanie R.
      Verified review

      Spent endless hours trying to save on cost and plan my event myself and, I kept stressing myself and my friends out trying to plan. Well that didn't last long, with endless hours on the phone and price quotes and being out of my realm of expertise, I folded and called around to shop for a event planner. Not only did Mr. Dyess save me money, he saved me time!!! I talked to several event planners before I made the best decision of my life, and chose Dyess Event Productions!! I cant thank them enough for their creativity and professionalism!! I have great admiration for the skills that they had in negotiating my events through caters, florists, they did it all. One stop shop with one phone call. With ease they pulled off the unimaginable and made my daughters sweet sixteen more than a moment, they made it a memory of a lifetime for everyone who attended!! I plan on using them for all of my events.

      $9.95 One Price Catering
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 38 years in business
      Sky H.
      Verified review

      Tie The Knot Catering did an amazing job at my wedding. I will highly recommend them to family and friends, not only for just up coming weddings but future party's ect. Chef Pepe was there along with his staff working hard to make sure everything was perfect for my special day. The food was delicious my family and friends couldn't stop raving on how good the it was. In a whole I give them 5 stars for excellent.

      Horizons
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 24 years in business
      Sharon S.
      Verified review

      Horizons did a wedding Reception I attended on Saturday June 4. The food was awesome and the staff were very attentive. It was going so well that no one wanted to leave. Too bad I didn't know about them for my wedding.

      PJ's Catering
      4.5
      from 2 reviews
      • 12 years in business
      Phyllis S.
      Verified review

      Joe did a great job with my party. The food was excellent and the service quite good. I will definitely use him again in the future

      Daley's Catering Plus
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Christian S.
        Verified review

        Jonathan catered our wedding last week. His food was incredible and exceeded our high expectations. The service was impeccable and Jonathan's staff was very friendly and catered to our guests needs above and beyond. I would recommend him to friends and business partners for any future events. I look forward to our next family events.

        Q & A

        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.

        Do you tip a wedding caterer?

        Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

        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 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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