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Annapolis Wedding Reception Caterers

Browse these wedding reception caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Annapolis.

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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alie S.
Verified review

I host our monthly all hands meeting here at Excella Consulting for 100 attendees. Chef Kev provided me with a drop of catered dinner for all guests. The food and service was amazing! I highly recommend his meals.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim N.
Verified review

Chef Serge was eager to please and worked with us throughout the planning process to design a menu that captured our vision for a family wedding dinner. He worked around a number of dietary needs (gluten free and vegetarian options), incorporated vegetables from our garden into several of the recipes, and he even adapted some of the recipes for the kids. The food and service were excellent!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jovanna C.
Verified review

Mercedes Joe if it's catered my wedding reception. Everything turned out perfect. Mercedes and her team went above and beyond to make sure I got everything I wanted and more. She is very dedicated and professional and will make sure the job gets done beautifully. The food turn out amazing and my guest kept talking about it. Everyone had a great time. Really appreciate the great experience. It's hard to find quality service so Mercedes is truly a gem!

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Mary C.
Verified review

Maribel was a delight to work with. The whole process of getting our wedding reception planned and executed was seamless. We did not use a wedding planner (we're a couple of retirees!) and wanted a simple but elegant evening, and Maribel delivered. There was an abundant selection of menu choices, and we had the opportunity to attend a tasting session. Our guests raved about how good the food was, and we were pleased with the service, the lovely set-up of the tables, and the professionalism of the staff. Many thanks to her and Noel and their crew.

  • 16 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Penelope J.
Verified review

Chef Myles was amazing. He was punctual which is very important. The food was great! He was a very valuable and a significant asset to our wedding. Chef Myles showed up and showed out with his very tasteful and delicious dishes. I would recommend him to any one for any occasion. Thank you Chef Myles!

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Denean's Party by Design
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Becky M.
Verified review

We loved working with Denean for our December 2017 wedding! Denean had lots of insight and advice for us. She guided us through all the details for our reception and provided resources to ensure that nothing was missed. Our reception venue came together flawlessly due to the work of Denean and her team. We absolutely loved our wedding and could not thank Denean and her team enough for all the coordination, advice, and help throughout the day.

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.

Sweet Bazil, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Fabiola D.
Verified review

We highly recommend Sweet Bazil. The food was delicious and we got excellent comments from our wedding guests. The buffet decoration and set up was elegant and beautiful. The staff was very professional and accommodating to the needs of our guests. Chef Karida was willing to work with us down the smallest detail to provide the exact service we were looking for. We will definitely hire Chef Karida for our future events and recommend this company to our friends.

  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
Verified review

I really enjoyed working with Candi and Potomac Hospitality Group for my reception. They were extremely accommodating to our wants and needs, flexible, timely, professional, and always responsive. I would use them again in a heart beat!

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.

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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 S. Mullings
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 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.

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Little Black Book Events
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris F.
Verified review

When my now wife and I set out to plan our wedding, we were one of those couples who thought hiring a planner was unnecessary. We had roughly 6 months to pull it off. We fancy ourselves as reasonably intelligent and financially responsible people and we thought that was plenty of time. Fast forward 4 months. The stress began to mount and panic had set in. Our budget is dwindling. We broke down and decided to hire a day-of coordinator. Better late than never, but who do we call? Every one we spoke to was either way too expensive or not the right fit personality wise. Thanks to Thumbtack, we found Vanessa. We are incredibly happy we did and we couldn't have pulled off our awesome wedding without her. Here's just a few of the reasons why: 1) Attitude - She has the PERFECT demeanor for event planning. She kept us on track, but was never pushy. Very personable and easy to talk to. Every time we spoke to her we felt both at ease and motivated to check more off of our list. 2) Creativity - Simply put she has great ideas. Whether it was decor, logistics, floor planning, etc., she listened to our inputs (which weren't always in lockstep - welcome to married life) but put here own spin on things. Our wedding was weeks ago and we still are getting comments on how beautiful everything was. 3) Contacts - Vanessa made great recommendations for vendors, and didn't do so based on any kickbacks or financial gain to herself. In fact, we had one vendor who was somewhat flaky that we had already booked. She was able to line up a "just in case" vendor for us. 4) Organization - Nothing fell through the cracks and she thought of small details we didn't have the capacity to (because we were too busy being crazy pants). 5) Value - She is worth every penny and I would argue she is a bargain for the service she provides. This is especially in comparison to other planners out there. If you need help planning an event, not just a wedding, we highly suggest you reach out to Vanessa @ Little Black Book. You absolutely will not regret it.

  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Charlita W.
Verified review

I will definitely be using Soleia’s Wedding and Event Planning again!! They went above and beyond! Thanks again for making my Daughter’s Graduation Party a great success!!

Saranae Design & Rentals
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher D.
Verified review

The professionalism and attention to detail couldn't have been better. We contacted then organization last minute for a project we had originally assigned to a different business. CAD listened intently to exactly what we needed then added creativity to enhance our wedding reception into a spectacular event.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fadeke G.
Verified review

It was my pleasure to attend a wedding reception planned by International Catering and Events, LLC. The atmosphere of the room after it was decorated by ICE was cozy and romantic. Upon entering the reception, what caught my eye was a beautiful sign with the names of the guests listed under the table number where we would sit. The tables were set-up very elegantly! The head table for the bride and groom had a backdrop behind it with the word "love." I would definitely recommend International Catering and Events, LLC to anyone who wants their special event to be professionally done and memorable! -Fadeke Gonçalves

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 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

Karen Wilder Events
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Simon M.
Verified review

Karen was so helpful, and she really tied our wedding reception together nicely.

  • 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.

KB&Co. Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Sarah P.
Verified review

We Hired KB&Co for our wedding the food was delicious the service was amazing everything went so smoothly I would definitely hire them again for a big event or a personal chef!

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.

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.

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.
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