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Top Rated Inexpensive Wedding Caterers Around Ashburn, VA

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  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michele Z.
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Private chef for a wedding/baby shower for a client with special food requests (Autoimmune Paleo Diet). Chef was eager to work with food restrictions and had a fantastic attitude. Guests loved the food and raved about their interactions with the chef. Would hire again in a heartbeat.

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Artranda H.
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Mercedes Jo Events & Catering was so delicious, high-quality buffet for our wedding. Working with Mercedes was simple and enjoyable! With a huge variety of options,Mercedes was able to customize the perfect menu. This vendor provides first-class food and service at a very reasonable price.Mercedes is worth every penny! People are still talking about the wonderful food she prepared. I would definitely recommend her to anyone on a budget, food was delicious. I will be using her again for any future events. Thanks again

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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
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Everything about our experience with Sandra and her staff was superb. We had a 50th wedding anniversary buffet dinner with a Hawaiian theme for 26 family and friends. Her creativity, responsiveness and attention to detail was evident in all phases of the day and evening. Our guests raved about the menu and the ladies who prepared and served the meal. When they left everything was cleaned up superbly. We highly recommend Creative Visions !

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kiana H.
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I’ve known Nikki for a couple years now and her food has been fantastic. She’s actually catering my wedding and I can’t wait.

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Gigi M.
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Esther catered for my Bridal shower and wedding cocktails. Service was superb, presentation was great and the food was amazing with generous portions. I highly recommend Epicurean Nutrition Catering.

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly A.
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Maribel and her team were amazing! She is way more than just a caterer! She made our wedding beautiful, well organized, and stress free. The food was great! Couldn't be more satisfied!

Pemas Italian Restaurant
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Cherry J.
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Pemas has awesome staff. I’m so grateful for them. I hired pemasfor my wedding, they catered my event And I couldn’t be more thankful. I would highly recommend them to all my friends and family.

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vince S.
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Ordered for food do 35 post-wedding brunch. Menu was organized and easy to pick from. Jaclyn was responsive and helpful with sizing food plates and making recommendations. Everyone was super thrilled to see the amount of food (had some leftovers) and everything was tasty. Would definitely order again.

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Katarina D.
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I had an amazing wedding Thanks To sandy and Her team!! She was very helpfull and explained in detail to me everything so I had full confidence in her and the Team so I can enjoy may day! Thank you Classic Catering for the amazing buffet, staff, decor, and being there 100% on time and deliverying what You said you would. I will you use anytime and reffer you!!

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
David C.
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Talk of Di Town catered my wedding and it was amazing. Every point of service starting with the guest being greeted by the chef and his wife (The Owners)at the door to the food tasting like it was made back home on the Islands. My family was very impressed with how professional the whole affair was and how beautiful everything turned out, especially the food. I will most certainly be using them for all my affairs to come and recommend them to all family and friends

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Kievette L.
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We can not express into words the phenomenon job that Extravagant Affairs did for our wedding on 11/05/2016. From the time that we chose them to handle our catering needs to the very end of our special day, their team handled every detail with the highest level of class and commitment. Our guests are still talking about the excellent food selection. If you are looking for elegance, price affordability, and professionalism, I would definitely recommend them

Q E Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Michelle R.
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Hiring Q E Cuisine was an awesome choice. I have worked with them several times and was never disappointed. They are not expensive. They come in start working and don’t stop until they are finished. Very respectable people. Food is AWESOME. They catered a wedding for us and a family reunion. I will recommend them for any event. Thumbs up

  • 2 years in business
Hunter Davis
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We had Joe and his team cater our wedding reception and our guests were raving about the food. They came and cooked the chicken and ribs on-site. We had pulled pork as well. The sides were amazing and 100% recommend the jalapeo poppers wrapped in bacon! Worth every penny!

N&M Divine Cuisine & Events
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
John A.
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Mary and her crew did a fantastic job catering our wedding luncheon in northern Virginia. The food and service were terrific.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sukumari T.
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They did a really great job at Whitney and Dexter's wedding . Very personal and reliable.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jen M.
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Everything about our experience with Catering Reserved was incredible. Dianna Gilbert showed immense professionalism, and was the perfect caterer for our wedding reception. We are so grateful for everything she did and would not hesitate to recommend her, and the company.

Eleven Courses Catering
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Jeamine Y.
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I cannot recommend Eleven Courses more. I worked with Megan as my coordinator and she was such a delight! She was very professional and easy-going to work with and answered all emailed questions quickly--I can honestly say that throughout the process I felt I was in good hands. I never felt uncomfortable asking about pricing or any strange questions or requests we had and the guidance Megan provided was much appreciated. We traveled a couple hours to Owings Mills, MD (we live in Springfield, VA) to attend our tasting at their offices. We met Jim and Megan in person, and the tasting decided it for my husband and me. We immediately knew these were the caterers for our wedding. The food was incredibly delicious and now, several weeks out after the wedding, our guests are still talking about how tasty everything was. Their prices are amazingly reasonable, especially given how beautifully presented and delicious their meals are--they have an affordable price point, however, the service and food delivered is that of the super-pricy, high-end caterers (services which I often use in my firm and am well-familiar with). It was very much appreciated how they didn't nickel and dime us and were proactive in helping out and finding ways to make the wedding special. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have hired Eleven Courses for our caterers and intend to hire them again, should we plan another huge celebratory bash.

Six Street Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Toya B.
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Six Street Eats catered our wedding buffet style. We were overly impressed with Six Street Eats and their service. They worked with us in providing exactly what we wanted for our menu options. They were very responsive and accommodating to the many changes we threw at them during the planning process. They were very reasonably priced and I would not have changed a thing. On the day of our event, the Six Street Eats team showed up 1st thing in the morning to start preparing for the day. They worked so hard to make sure everything was perfect. Not only did they work hard, they treated us great and were so easy to work with. You can tell this team loves what they do and are dedicated to proving amazing customer service. For any future events, we will definitely be calling on Six Street Eats. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

KreeativeKreations
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Gen J.
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I Had my wedding reception done by this company they were very professional needed little bit of my help and got everything perfectly done for me and my husband I would definitely use them again !!!!

Brother Boots Que
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan P.
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Brian and company catered my wedding reception, the food was EXCELLENT! I could not have been happier with the level of service, they went above and beyond what I could have imagined. The food was absolutely amazing and got rave reviews from all our wedding guests! I would recommend them highly to anyone looking for a catering service!

  • 7 years in business
Lauren A.
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Chef Curry is an amazing chef whose passion, creativity and business sense make him a top contender in his field. As an event planner, a large part of my job is to seek out chefs and caterers who are committed to providing quality healthy and tasty meal options. Chef Curry is an innovator who can both create a tailored menu or spruce up an existing menu and make it new again. From working with him on a recent wedding in New York, I witnessed how skillful he is at exceeding expectations with the production of spectacular dishes that everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed.

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.