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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 Roswell caterers
Helen K.
BB Catering called back immediately and offered several options for my event. I'm looking forward to working with them in June.
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Debra W.
Buy Your Side Catering provided delicious food and a wonderful full service experience for my 50th birthday party. From our first conversation, Chef Pamela impressed me with her warm demeanor while providing great guidance and suggestions to ensure my event would have that personal touch. She and her team of helpers were punctual, professional and a pleasure to work with. You cannot go wrong when you book Chef Pamela and Buy Your Side Catering for top notch service and food.
Buy Your Side Catering CoBuy Your Side Catering Co
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone enjoyed Nikki Bell's catering. We had chicken skewers, beef sliders, greek salad, med pasta salad, and cole slaw. Her cilantro sauce (for the sliders) received many compliments. Thanks Nikki!
Nikki Can CookNikki Can Cook
Donna M.
I cannot say enough great things about Mike. Food was amazing!!! If you are looking for catering, seriously, look no further. Based on my Thanksgiving experience, we will be seeing a lot more of Bountiful Basket for future events!!
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I was in a panic and needed a caterer on short notice, and Mr. Hickman came through for us with excellent results. The service was professional; the food was delicious; and the personal service put me right at ease. I highly recommend Bountiful Basket!
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Quinn is catering my wedding in October - he has been so helpful. He has worked around my fiance's milk allergy and even traveled an hour to provide a tasting! So looking forward to his food at my wedding!
Quinn's Catering LLCQuinn's Catering LLC
Gwen G.
Bell Catering was a last minute booking for me as I had to pull together an event within a weeks time. Brittany was very responsive and was able to accommodate and the event went off well. All great responses from the attending guests. I would definitely use them again.
Bell Room Catering companyBell Room Catering company
Whitney D.
Contacted Woah's place today about possible catering for my wedding. Got a response right away and he had no problem answering any of my questions. Great so far! believe it or not you do not get that with everyone so this was a great first step. Look forward to do a tasting and hopefully booking Woah's place for my wedding.
Woah's Place LLCWoah's Place LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We contacted Mark and Heather to help us plan and cater our wedding rehearsal dinner. The experience could have not been better, all they way from the first meeting to the big night they were spot on. The food was fantastic and all of our guests left raving about how good the food was. I would definitely usè them again!!
Mark Swearingen EventsMark Swearingen Events
Samantha D.
I'm still on a cloud from my event over the weekend. Chef Bree very much brought my vision of an Asian/Soul fusion menu to life for my birthday dinner party and the soft launch of my brand. Everyone loved the food and went back for seconds. Chef Bree helped me to accommodate my vegan guests and those with allergies. She has a genuine spirit and in addition to catering the event it was lovely to meet her and have her be apart of the night. Thank you and I am looking forward to your culinary services at my next event!
Good Fork CateringGood Fork Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Terrie was contracted to cater my birthday dinner at my house. We were about 40 people. Chef T arrived almost 2 hours later than her originally scheduled time of 5:30PM. Because of the late arrival the hot stations were not ready to server dinner on time. The first guests had left before the main course was even served because of that fact. For people to even get dinner before they had to leave we had to postpone serving the hot appetizers until after dinner. The whole event was poorly executed and we were told it was the first time for some of the staff. In short - the food was good but the execution was below average.
A Dream Comes True, Catering & Event Management...A Dream Comes True, Catering & Event Management...
Deborah S.
Nikki and her sous chef Shawn prepared a wonderful buffet for our “Meet the Newlyweds” party for my son and new daughter-in-law visiting from another state. Our guests made many comments during our celebration and even days afterwards about how delicious the food was! Nikki is quite creative, and it was obvious to us that not only can she cook, but she also loves to cook. The day of the party, Nikki and Shawn arrived right on time and quickly set up an attractive buffet with foods served at appropriate temperatures. During the event, if I started working in the kitchen, Nikki said she would be happy to complete whatever it was and encouraged me to return to my guests and enjoying my meal. Nikki and Shawn attended to everything well. Towards the end of the party, Nikki and Shawn made short order of cleaning and wrapping up leftovers for us. We are so thankful we found Nikki’s business. We were able to offer our guests such an amazing meal at a reasonable price. It was a pleasure to work with Nikki from start to finish. We wholeheartedly recommend Nikki Bell and “Nikki Can Cook” catering. Sincerely, Deborah and Robert Sullivan from Roswell, GA
Nikki Can CookNikki Can Cook
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