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

Hidalgo Catering Company
4.7
from 105 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen S.
Verified review

Everything was fantastic they went above and beyond to make our wedding special

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KITCHEN'S PORTAL
4.9
from 89 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elisa P.
Verified review

How do I begin to explain what a great experience we had with Junior & Kitchen's Portal as our bartender? From the very beginning, Junior was responsive and thorough in explaining his prices and services. He was so easy to get in touch with for any questions (which were quite a few lol) that I had, and went above and beyond to make sure my fiance and I were happy with all arrangements made. When I asked about a creative signature drink, Junior emailed us 3 different ones to choose from that were unique. We decided on a cocktail that was a twist on a moscow mule with a brown sugar rim that was refreshing and delicious. Junior made sure even during formal pictures my hubby and I had a drink in our hand (which he remembered that my hubby's drink was an old-fashioned). From the moment he arrived at the venue, he went straight to work to make sure everything was set up on time. Not only did he attend to all our guests with respect, friendliness, and courtesy Junior also addressed other vendors to ensure our wedding continued to flow perfectly. My family members & friends all raved about how attentive and professional Junior, his bartenders, and his waitstaff were throughout the whole wedding. I had the pleasure of speaking with all of them towards the end of the evening, and thanking them for helping make my wedding day as special as it was. I would 100% recommend Kitchen's Portal to anyone & would definitely use them again for an event.

Spice House Catering
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Leon G.
Verified review

Chef Brown catered one of the most elegant meals that I have had. It was for my wedding anniversary and my wife was just blown away. I highly recommend and will use him in the future!

Italia Cuisine Co.
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle C.
Verified review

Chef Paola is one of a kind. Her food is amazing and you can truly taste the passion behind it. From preparation to presentation I was blown away.

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Red99 Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jack A.
Verified review

Pamela and Red99 Catering catered our wedding late last year. The food and presentation was immaculate and she always made us feel comfortable and confident that everything would be taken care of for us. The food tasted great and everyone was really friendly! Thanks Pamela!

  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria G.
Verified review

Debbie catered our daughter's post wedding reception. Debbie was so easy to work with ~ adjusting the menu due to an unforeseen facility glitch; accommodating the every changing number of guests. As her previous reviews stated, her food was delish!!! The reviews for her potato salad were spot on :) We would not hesitate to ask Debbie to cater other gatherings for us. Thanks Debbie !!

ChefServ Catering Service
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Jane B.
Verified review

Eric prepared a rehearsal dinner before my son's wedding. We wanted to have a more intimate dinner at the house, and Eric provided the perfect meal. He was creative, professional and easy to deal with. He arrived on time and had the meal ready at the arranged time. Everyone who attended complimented the quality of the meal. I would definitely recommend Eric Foster.

Chef Neil Rowan
4.4
from 20 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Stephenie C.
Verified review

Chef Neil and his staff were wonderful. He was able to put together a wonderful meal and stay within our budget as well as cater to special dietary needs for some of the guests at the wedding reception. He even took the time to meet us the day before and give us the linens and silverware beautifully wrapped and tied so that we could get out centerpieces done. I highly recommend his services and would gladly use him for any of our future catering needs.

  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda A.
Verified review

Working with this company was a dream. They thought of everything needed for my wedding of 100+, and then some. Chef Jean and his team are incredibly professional and beyond kind! I will hire him for future events in a heartbeat. If you are looking for quality and expertise, this is your catering company!

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  • 32 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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Alex V.
Verified review

I'm Alex V. and I wanted to say that Big Al is the best caterer around. He catered my wedding and the food was GREAT! at a very good price. The layout display of food was very nice and professional. We had two kinds of meat and all the trimmings to go with it. The food was kept warm for seconds and plenty of cold drinks with ice provided by Al. After the wedding he cleaned up everything and the place we rented was left clean. I recommend Abundance Catering to everyone. Money well spent.

Savyor Events
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl B.
Verified review

Savyor Events catered my daughter's wedding reception and I have to say they were so easy to work and helpful in planning this event. From the amazing food to the floral arrangements and personalized cocktail napkins and leave behinds. The were true pros!

  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmine O.
Verified review

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!

Ultimate Rentals & Catering
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
Verified review

Shawn catered my daughter's wedding in St. Augustine for 75 guest. Shawn and his team showed up early, helped set up the wedding and they stayed until everyone was fed and happy. Shawn delivered the entire menu just as we picked and it was superb. All the food was hot and ready when we sat down to eat. They took care of all the set up, serving, taking down and cleaning. the food and service was top quality and we would use Shawn again for any and every event. Shawn helped make our daughter's big day a great success. I would highly recommend Shawn and Ultimate Rentals & Catering for your special occasions. Thanks again Shawn!!!

Char-Don Catering, Inc.
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
Verified review

The food was outstanding! All of the guests at our wedding were very pleased and we heard no complaints. The staff was very professional. We were a little disappointed at how quickly they packed up and left. We were also a little disappointed that they didn't leave any food for us to have a plate after everyone was gone as we, the bride and groom, were to busy with our guests to really get a chance to eat. I would definitely recommend Char-Don Catering to anyone and would definitely use them again for any other event!!!

C &T Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Joanne H.
    Verified review

    Gertine went above and beyond to make sure that all of the food was well prepared and presented at my wedding reception. I was so impressed as to how effectively she worked and without complaint. Literally the food from my wedding was so good that it’s something our guests mention even 11 years later!!

    An Appetizing A'Fare
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Chris S.
    Verified review

    Stephanie did a fantastic job in providing a variety of absolutely delicious hors d'oeuvres for our daughter's wedding rehearsal gathering at our home for almost 60 friends and family members. All of her dishes received rave reviews, but especially the Tuscan Stuffed Shrooms, Siracha Shrimp Skewers, and the Hot Garlic Artichoke Dip! And that's not even mentioning the great desserts! She exceeded all of our expectations with her excellent culinary skills and cordial demeanor. She is a pro! We would hire her again in a heartbeat!

    • 23 years in business
    Joanne G.
    Verified review

    I have used John Micheal Catering for numerous events. Customer service is excellent...the staff is professional and always helpful...the food is outstanding! I highly recommend John Michael Exquisite Weddings and Catering!

    • 6 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Kelly A.
    Verified review

    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!

    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Penny S.
    Verified review

    Chef Ron was very easy to work with. The food was amazing. He catered our July 4th wedding for 40 people but we could have easily fed more. Everyone is still raving about the food

    Catering Couple, LLC
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Cynthia M.
      Verified review

      I had the opportunity of working with Catering Couple for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary in May 2015. The celebration took place in Kissimmee, Florida and I was in Washington DC as I planned the event. A google search led me to Catering Couple. I was flying blindly but after my initial conversation with Talia, she put me at ease. Their menu is extensive and the prices very competitive. At the event, the presentation was spectacular and the food exceeded expectations. The catering was one of the highlights of the event. Talia and Danny are true professionals and I highly recommend their services.

      Just-In Thyme
      4.0
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Meghan H.
      Verified review

      We hired Just-In Thyme to cater a plated dinner for our wedding reception. They were very easy to communicate with and plan our event with. They suggested some amazing food combinations. We ended up deciding to go a little safe with our choices to accommodate all our guests tastes. I was pleasantly surprised with how elegant, professional, and upscale our choices turned out. I also feel we got a lot for our money per plate. It included 2 appetizers, salad, meat, vegetable, starch, dessert, and some beverages. We did have some last minute trouble regarding having a stove/oven available at our venue. It caused some stress, but Just-In Thyme came through beautifully and adapted well. Everything turned out wonderfully. And most importantly, the food was delicious!

      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.

      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.

      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 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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