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Honolulu Inexpensive Wedding Caterers

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

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Kuoha Culinary
from 50 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Teagan K.
Verified review

Ed and his team provided exceptional service and catered delicious food for our wedding. We were a bit nervous about planning a destination wedding without a wedding planner but Ed's strong communication and accommodating attitude made it possible. The food was better then we expected and he was able to work with my dietary restrictions (gluten and dairy free). Not only did we use Kuoha Culinary for the food service but also for party rentals. The company Ed uses for party rentals were very professional and provided delivery, set up, break down, and pick up services of all our rentals. The tents, tables, chairs, dancefloor etc were all in good condition. If I were to recommend a company for wedding catering, it would be Kuoha Culinary hands down!

Kimo's Akamai Catering
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Jon And Coleen M.
Verified review

We booked Chef Kimo to cater for our wedding in Ka'a'awa, Oahu in July, 2014. During the planning stages he met with us in person and also corresponded by e-mail and FaceTime. His friendly nature put us at ease and we were pleased to work with him because of his extensive knowledge of the island and of organising weddings there. Kimo worked within our budget and did his best to achieve everything we were looking for on our special day. He is not only a caterer but can also organise everything wedding related. He custom made the menu to our specifications, recommended an amazing cake maker and organised table decorations which fitted perfectly with our colour scheme. Although there were a few minor problems due to some of his staff letting him down at the last minute, Kimo was still able to produce a tasty and varied wedding meal for us which all our guests thoroughly enjoyed. We highly recommend him and his company.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tricia K.
Verified review

Ho'A'o Catering Just catered my daughters wedding last weekend at molii gardens in kualoa ranch. It was amazing, Sasha worked with my daughter & my family to come up with an unforgettable menu that our guests would love and she did not disappoint. The food was a HIT everybody is still talking about how delicious everything was, all I can say is Asian BBQ pulled pork was crazy delicious!!!!! Her set up is so beautiful and she takes care of everything.Thank you Ho'A'o catering....

Hanai Events
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michael J.
Verified review

I am aware that Hanai Events often handles large events with big budgets but they were more than happy to handle my and my wife's desire for a very simple wedding ceremony on a tight budget. Jeremy Neal was a charming and warm officiant. All in all, we were very satisfied.

The Private Chef, Inc.
from 8 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Grace D.
Verified review

I cannot praise Chef Jason Paul and his team enough! We hired him for our wedding reception of 18, and, it being a destination wedding, we didn't have the chance to meet him until the day of the wedding. He did not disappoint! The appetizers (coconut shrimp and wontons) were fantastic and so fresh, and our guests are still raving about the filet mignon - tender, juicy and cooked perfectly! While I was very pleased with the meal, one thing I was also impressed by was the level of service. We had planned to set up the tables and everything ourselves, but we were so pleasantly surprised when we returned from our photos and Jason's team had already set up everything to perfection. They truly went above and beyond what we had expected, and we were so grateful for everything that they did to help us on the day. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jason and his team to anyone looking for personal chef or small catering. The food was as good as (or maybe better than) what you would get in an upscale restaurant, and the service went above and beyond our expectations.

Blaize's Kitchen
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jeni B.
Verified review

I almost did not go with this caterer because the quote came back with "tell me your budget and we'll see what we can do". I guess I wanted a clearer expectation of what these professionals could offer. However, through a series of emails with this caterer she was very quickly able to give me a clear estimate of cost and what food we could expect for that cost. She was always very quick to respond to my many questions and completely willing and flexible to help make this special event happen. This was a wedding reception for my niece and nephew. Over the course of several weeks we decided the menu and met for a tasting. The food was delicious, to say the least. On the day of the event, they showed up on time and immediately got to work. With all the other things going on with this mostly DIY reception, the food was one thing I just didn't have to worry about. To top it off, at one point (the toasts) the sparkling juice and cups were not distributed before they started making their speeches. I rushed to the kitchen in a panic and without being asked they started helping to distribute the cups and juice... this was not even something they had to do because it was not part of the meal they were providing. They went above and beyond to help make this day special. I would hire them again in a heartbeat and will be recommending them to anyone who has need of their services. Thank you Blaize's Kitchen! God bless you.

Tropical Moon Events
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gimmy K.
Verified review

I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful Tropical Moon Events was at our wedding. All of the cocktails were such huge hits that they were all everyone wanted to drink--even those who usually only drank wine or beer! Most notably, the Passion Mai Tais and Lychee Mint Spritzers were everyone's favorite. I thought that the Cucumber Basil Gin & Tonic was very refreshing. The bartenders were so wonderful and fun, and kept up a great pace for all of the thirsty guests. The party would not have been the same without Tropical Moon Events there to liven it up!

Chef Chai
from 2 reviews
    Alessandra C.
    Verified review

    Chef Chai is generous, kind, brilliant and the best at everything he does. Not only did he cater our wedding, he personally oversaw every aspect and when our cake lady neglected to bring boxes so our guests could bring the cake home, Chef Chai immediately figured out a way to solve the problem and made sure we could have boxes for our guests. Chef Chai is not only an incredible caterer, but his restaurants are top notch. Whenever we return to Hawai'i we make sure to visit him and every experience is nothing short of magical every time. If you ever get the blessing to meet this man and his team, you'll know the magic he creates within seconds of being in his wonderful company.

    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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