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Top Rated Inexpensive Wedding Caterers Around Ashburn, VA

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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 142 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Candice E.
Verified review

If you want delicious food at an affordable price, you want Chef Kev! I’m am surly the pickiest eater there is, but Chef Kev got the best of me! We hired Chef Kev to provide the food for a networking event that we hosted. As an event planning company, we have had the chance to taste food from many different caterers throughout the Maryland, DC and VA area, but Chef Kev is among the best! His food made all the difference for our event and we cannot wait to begin referring our clients too him! (I should also mention how professional, and neat he was. He left the venue looking better than when he got there!)

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  • 24 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michele Z.
Verified review

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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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

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 Mullings
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kiana H.
Verified review

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
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Gigi M.
Verified review

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.

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 61 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Artranda H.
Verified review

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

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly A.
Verified review

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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Tamra C.
Verified review

When first meeting up with Darryl and family for a tasting it was a very pleasant experience. They were on time as well as being very professional with Darryl being in his chef attire with his delicious assortment of goodies. My future husband had never tried lamb chops before and was very reserved about trying them and evening having them as part of our menu however, Chef Darryl assured him if we did not like them we would definitely go with something else. Well to make a long story short, we are having lamb chops at our wedding. You guys are great at what you do so keep up the good work. One important thing I feel that a perfect wedding deserves is good food. I've seen some many times where these corporate caterers are giving you all this elaborate looking food that has no taste. Well not at my wedding. Thanks to Darryl and family we will not only have a wonderful wedding people will also talk about the food as well. Looking forward to a great wedding and working we you guys Thanks Tamra

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jen M.
Verified review

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.

N&M Divine Cuisine & Events
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
John A.
Verified review

Mary and her crew did a fantastic job catering our wedding luncheon in northern Virginia. The food and service were terrific.

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.7
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Hideya B.
Verified review

Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.

Classic Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Katarina D.
    Verified review

    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!!

    • 12 years in business
    • 47 hires on Thumbtack
    Kievette L.
    Verified review

    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

    Eleven Courses Catering
    4.8
    from 55 reviews
    • 119 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeamine Y.
    Verified review

    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.

    • 4 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Vince S.
    Verified review

    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.

    Talk of Di Town 2
    5.0
    from 9 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    David C.
    Verified review

    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

    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Sukumari T.
    Verified review

    They did a really great job at Whitney and Dexter's wedding . Very personal and reliable.

    Chef Giovanni Merle
    4.7
    from 11 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 13 hires on Thumbtack
    Heather S.
    Verified review

    Chef Giovanni is not only a creative and dynamic chef, he is also a warm person. I was so relieved to welcome Chef Giovanni at my house for my dinner party, he put me at ease with his calm demeanor and ideas. We had been exchanging emails and texts the week prior to the event, he was responsive unlike other chefs I had worked with in the past. Chef had also been tasked to provide a meal for a pescatarian, gluten-free guest, and a “no shell fish” guest. When Chef arrived, he took several inexpensive bouquets from Trader Joes and transformed them into stunning centerpieces for my dining room table. The entire dining room morphed into a chic bistro that looked like it should have been in the south of France as opposed to Maryland. Once the first guest arrived, the smell of bouillabaisse was permeating the house and the guests were excited by the aroma but also the drinks and amuse-boushe Chef had prepared for their arrival. The amuse-boushe was phyllo dough stuffed with spiced lamb. It was crunchy on the outside with flavors of raisins, spices and lamb on the inside. This was an exceptional way to start our culinary journey! Once the guests were seated and wine was poured, the appetizer was served. It was not my favorite combination of flavors but others seem to enjoy it. Next the main course, the bouillabaisse was served. I was stunned to see how beautiful the bouillabaisse was prepared; with cilantro and lime on top and was chocked full of lobster, crab, scallops, fish. My guests were asking him for the recipe for the rue and the steps to making such an intriguing meal. The dessert was also nicely done, my guests really enjoyed the presentation and the taste. Chef Giovanni talked about what he made, helped serve the guests. He also helped pour the wine and kept the night flowing. Chef Giovanni also left me with a spotless kitchen which was the perfect end to a perfect night. I am a customer very happy with a first-time experiment with inviting a chef into my home. I think it is a great way to entertain without breaking the bank. When you consider how much time and preparation that goes into an evening like this, I feel that Chef Giovanni provides quality ingredients and exceptional service for a reasonable rate.

    Sweet Bazil, LLC
    5.0
    from 29 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 23 hires on Thumbtack
    Monica R.
    Verified review

    I was in contact with Chef Karida for months in preparation for my wedding--a buffet style brunch. She specially tailored a delicious menu. It was always easy to contact her or her assistant. On the day of the event itself, Sweet Bazil provided top-notch service. The wait staff was fantastic, attentive, and personable. Everyone at the wedding is still talking about how utterly delicious the food was and how beautiful the set ups were.

    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Robin H.
    Verified review

    Thanks for making our wedding desserts treats such a memorable experience. Everyone absolutely loved the mini donut bar.

    Ambrosia Caterers
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 28 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeanna T.
    Verified review

    Elaine has provided catering services for my wedding reception ( my friends are still raving), and the baby showers of both of my children. Elaine's cuisine choices were great, the food was delicious and the decor and presentation was lovely. She was reasonably priced and I would recommend her highly.

    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.