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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.

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 does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Kissimmee caterers
Vicki L.
Setup and dropoff catering for Luau party.
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Janin B.
The food and service were excellent! This is highly recommended caterer!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Lisa W.
Dameon was an excellent chef and very personable. He catered a breakfast buffet for 15 family members. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and his awesome personality. I highly recommend using Spice House Catering. Thank you Dameon for a wonderful experience.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Tomika E.
Pam was great! She catered a breakfast for our family during our Spring Break vacation. The food/menu was great and the price was great as well. Pam was extremely professional yet kind. Red 99 catering was excellent, and we will surely be using their services during our next stay in the Orlando area.
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Alvina L.
I had a great experience with Red99. Red99 Catering provides excellent service and GREAT food!! Alvina Moten-Lacy IMOJ Events
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Bobby L.
This was my first time hiring a cater for one of my events and I was extremely happy with the results. She was amazing and the food was absolutely delicious
On The Go Gourmet Personal Chef ServicesOn The Go Gourmet Personal Chef Services
Albert G.
Our group could not be more happy with Demeon and Spice House Catering. They were on time, the food was outstanding and there was plenty for the group. I am very appreciative of their service.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Tonie K.
Working with Chef Cassandra was a pleasure. The meal arrived on time and the salmon was wonderful and I am not a fan of salmon. I highly recommend her for your next catering job.
Doxa Eats Catering Co. LLCDoxa Eats Catering Co. LLC
Lisa R.
Chef Pam with Red99 was great and always responded quickly. The food was amazing and delicious. I used Red99 for my wedding, and would definitely recommend and use this caterers again!
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Faye H.
Jillian, knows her business. With her guidance we were able to have three days meals catered and differently for each day. What a super group to work with.
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Shantoy D.
Hiring spice house catering was the best thing I could've done when celebrating my mothers 49th birthday. Chef Dameon was very timely with initial responses seeing that my event only gave him 48hr advance notice. He was extremely professional and punctual. His overall delivery was amazing from the presentation to the taste of the food, left nothing else to desire. My entire family was very impressed and we are very big on food. Coming from ny we wish we could fly Chef Dameon out to cater all of our events at home. That's how delicious the food was. We thank you and appreciate your help in making our event a success. I would definitely recommend The spice house catering for any event.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Sharon P.
Me and my family spent Thanksgiving in FL (Disney) and didn't want to cook. The food was DELICIOUS! She dropped it off in time and it was hot. I highly recommend her for anything you want catered!
Mz. Lett's Kitchen LlcMz. Lett's Kitchen Llc
Angela G.
I would HIGHLY recommend E and A Catering to anyone!! I coordinated my Aunts 70th birthday celebration with Chef from another state. I was skeptical about that but from our very 1st 🥇 conversation… that was gone!! He made the process of selecting a menu that would satisfy my picky family a breeze. The quality of the food was ON POINT!! My family ate EVERYTHING, just a few leftovers!! Which my Aunt ate for a nighttime snack. Thank you E and A Catering for making my Aunts birthday celebration 🎉 a great success.
E and A CateringE and A Catering
Greicy L.
Food was great everyone asked were we catered from I am sure if you use them for your event it will be a hit. Very professional, responsive and punctual. He even offered suggestions about the menu for our guest very thoughtful .
Hidalgo Catering CompanyHidalgo Catering Company
Thumbtack Customer
We had them cater two different days for us while on vacation with nearly 40 people. The food was amazing! We will definitely use them again when in town! Everything was great. They truly made our experience memorable. Pam and Brandon were very personable and our whole family enjoyed them!
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Sam D.
Ordered lasagna, garlic bread, caesar salad, cookies and brownies for 22 people! It was amazing, everyone had nothing but good things to say about the dishes! Cassandra was more than responsive and on top of everything from the ordering to setting up. I would highly highly recommend working with Doxa Eats Catering for any event!!!
Doxa Eats Catering Co. LLCDoxa Eats Catering Co. LLC
Alex Z.
I’m glad we picked Wine and Dine Us to cater for our wedding dinner. Chef Jillian services was above expectations and her sous chef Juan service was excellent. Everyone at the event love the food and the service. She even provided extra appetizers that everyone loved. It was amazing! We will definitely be hiring you again for our next event! Thank you Chef Jillian!
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Gabby B.
I was stuck in a bind when my caterer wigged out on me a week before our wedding. After seeing who was out there I was immediately drawn to Jose, the food looked delicious. He responded, we talked, we booked him, he showed up and did an AMAZING job! The food was raved about! Thank you! He packed up and saved the food for us and it was so simple and refreshing!
Senor Pepe's Paella Catering LLCSenor Pepe's Paella Catering LLC
Jessica L.
Everything about my experience was amazing. I used bless by soul food catering & more for my best friend's bridal shower and I swear Antoine single handedly made the day even more special. Not only was she continuously quick to response, she was incredibly flexible, made last minute changes for me the day before and even personalized the table for no extra charge! I am so thankful for her!!!
Bless My Soul Food Catering & MoreBless My Soul Food Catering & More
Tinamarie B.
I hired Jillian and her team to cater a small team holiday party. The team has a variety of food preferences and allergies. Jillian worked with me to create a meal that would be healthy, safe for all of our assorted food allergies, and completely delicious. Her team was very professional, leaving the kitchen spotlessly clean and packaged up and labeled all the leftovers prior to leaving. We look forward to using Jillian next year when we return to the Orlando area.
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Dominique K.
I called Jillian to cater my health coach corporate party in Orlando. Jillian was so professional and so much fun to work with from setting up the menu with special dietary needs through the event itself. The food was delicious and Jillian delivered exactly everything she promised for a very decent price/pp. She was very professional and so accommodating to make my life very easy! I wish she lived in my area ( sarasota) as I would hire her all the time!!!
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Peggy R.
I live in New Mexico, our son was getting married in Kissimmee, Florida. When I left a message for a caterer, Dameon Brown, I was amazed at how fast he returned my call. Then I was impressed at how easy & accommodating he was. I knew that I had chosen the right person. After several months of keeping in touch with me, at the dinner April 6th, the food was amazing!! Our guests (50 of them) were still raving at the wedding...thank you Dameon for making the rehearsal dinner PERFECT
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Nicole D.
I found Spice House Catering by doing a quick search for private chefs in Orlando, FL. What a gem Chef Dameon turned out to be! To say I would hire him again is not even close to doing his work justice! From our very first contact I knew he was the person for the job which was 3 consecutive nights of dinner for 30 people each. His menus were creative and well thought out, but also open to changes that I thought would be well received in our groups. He was very responsive and I never had to worry about communication. The day of our first event he arrived right on time and he was, as were the staff he brought with him to help serve and to bartend our event, very professional. Their attention to detail from the layout of the food, to the flavor combinations, to no guest ever worrying if their plate needed to be thrown out or their drink needed refilling was impeccable! I could go on and on about the detail they put into each of our events. The food was incredible and the desserts were to die for! There aren't enough words to express how delicious, not to mention beautiful to look at, the food was. Dameon has a gift and I look forward to working with him again when we are back in Orlando. In closing- if you're debating on whether or not to take the chance on Spice House Catering- DO IT! I promise you'll be happy you did!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Terrific experience from start to finish. I called literally last minute for my wife's birthday. Food selection was outstanding, fresh, healthy and delicious. Staff made sure my guests were well fed all evening. My expectations were far exceeded. If you are looking for someone to cater a party or event, look no further. Arrival time was spot on, food preparation was no hassle. Everything was cleaned and put away at the end of the evening. Bartender was terrific making sure that everyone had a drink they liked and enjoyed. Two Thumbs Up for Vivian and her crew. Really made the event special.
On The Go Gourmet Personal Chef ServicesOn The Go Gourmet Personal Chef Services
Briana W.
Maurice did an amazing job on our Easter meal! We wanted it to be super casual and meet our needs, which he totally did! We asked him to prepare the food, then drop off, so we could just chill and eat by the pool. It was perfect! This catering was a gift for my mom, so while we were on vacation, she wouldn't need to feel pressured to cook, etc... We wanted her to enjoy it and she totally did! The food was amazing! We all loved the chicken apple apps and the cauliflower dish was delicious! Well, it all was, but those were my favs! Enjoy! Thanks to all who helped!!
Hidalgo Catering CompanyHidalgo Catering Company
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