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Raleigh Wedding Reception Caterers

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

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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anne H.
Verified review

Zacki prepared a wonderful ancient Mediterranean meal for our intimate private wedding party. Zacki is very knowledgeable about ancient foods which brought unique flavors to the dishes she lovingly prepares. Every guest at the party enjoyed the appetizers, salad, two great entrees and a healthy and tasty fresh fruit pastry for dessert. The food was fresh and delicious and Zacki and her assistant Kathryn were a joy.

Top Pro
Em’s Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacey B.
Verified review

Em catered our wedding this past weekend and she did a fantastic job. All the food she made was delicious and fresh and everyone loved it. She was extremely easy to work with and we felt she did an outstanding job for us. We highly recommend her and would definitely use her again.

Made 4 you Events
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole P.
Verified review

Hands down, Sylvia was AMAZING!! She handled everything promptly with zero discrepancies which was very important to me! I hired Sylvia for decorating my ceremony and reception, and she did wonderfully. What made her stand out most for me was her A+ professionalism. There were a lot of things that I didn't even know needed to be taken care of and she went out of her way so many times to make sure vendors involved in my wedding were on point. I couldn't have asked for a better decorator and I HIGHLY recommend choosing Made 4 You Events for ANY service provided. Thank you so much Sylvia!! I really appreciate everything! I can easily say that after all the events of the day, everything you did for us, saved the day :)

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Clay P.
Verified review

Lamar worked with my husband to create an unforgettable experience for our 5 year wedding anniversary. 5 years is the "wood" anniversary, so Chef Lamar setup a candlelit dinner in the woods at a nearby park. He had rose petals leading down the trail to the table. He plated each of our 5 course meals on wooden dishes, to keep with the theme. The food was PHENOMENAL! I can't say enough great things about Chef Lamar and his assistant Stephanie. Well done!

Sweettooth CS
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
James W.
Verified review

I had never heard about this company, someone referred them to me. I was worried about how things would turn out since I was aware of how SweettoothCS conducted business. However, I knew they must be great because the person that referred them to me was very particular about who they work with. And the review that they left with me was excellent. So I decided to try them for our wedding and sure enough they gave me exactly what I was expecting plus alittle more. My wife and all the bridal party did. The entrees, dessert buffet, and bar that we ordered was perfect. Prices were reasonable, and once the service was rendered we still didn't pay enough. The service was fast, and we were able to enjoy our night without having to complain or do anything but celebrate our wedding. They even threw in some free champagne and customized flutes for toasting, that was new to me. I'm going to refer SweettoothCS to others, especially within my work circle.

Capital Cakes
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Bob P.
Verified review

Cupcake Confections baked three wedding cakes for our three children's weddings. Each cake was beautifully decorated and individualized reflecting some aspect of each bride and grooms lives. All three cakes were delivered to the reception venues on time, in perfect condition, and displayed beautifully.Needless to say, all three wedding cakes were delicious. The only problem occurred at the first wedding where the cake was totally consumed by the guests (returning for seconds and thirds) before the parents of the bride were able to enjoy a portion. We were only able to obtain a rather small sampling from the pillars supporting the various layers! The original cake was more than adequate. It was just that it was so good that the guests continued to return for more! We have also have had the pleasure of enjoying some of Kate's confections as well as her various "cakes-in-a-jar" which are absolutely delicious. The only regret/remorse that we have is distance between our home and her bakery. We live 6 hours apart.

Womack Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew G.
Verified review

Lewis was fantastic for our wedding! The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, and He and his wife were both a joy to work with. They were friendly, prompt, and personable. They surpassed my expectations and helped make our special day a wonderful experience for us and our guests. We will certainly be keeping them in mind for any events we might host in the future!

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

Teresa has organized and planned the menu and rental needs for a 32 person wedding reception. She did an incredible job of listening to our vision and coming up with beautiful and creative ideas on how to execute that vision. She has great connections and knowledge of rental needs, which took a HUGE stress off my plate. She has been patient, gracious and generous with her time. She has incredible energy and knowledge and has made a potentially stressful event an enjoyable and fun experience. HIGHLY recommended!!!! She's amazing!

Chrisabethella Catering
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah M.
Verified review

The food was exceptional! They catered my wedding this past month and they were one of the best vendors I worked with throughout the whole wedding planning process. The delivery was on-time, the staff was very friendly and attentive and the food was vedy fresh. Thanks Chrisabethella!

Comfort Cuisine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Heather M.
Verified review

Maggie was an incredible caterer to work with! I'm so glad she reached out to me. My husband and I are vegan, so it was important to us to find a caterer that could create tasty, plant-based food for our wedding. Maggie was able to craft a menu with dishes from around the world and we received a ton of compliments during dinner from our guests on the food. From grandparents, to fellow vegans, the food was a hit! She and her team exceeded my expectations and helped make our wedding a night to remember :) Thank you Chef Maggie!

Divine Creations
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dionne O.
Verified review

Ms. Hattie has the BEST desserts including sugar-free! I love that everything is made from scratch and her catering service is awesome! She makes great wedding cakes as well as a very reasonable price!

A taste of Harlem
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John B.
Verified review

Shamyra and her wonderful staff made my wedding a complete success !! With over 160 people in attendance, her expert staff kept everyone happy. They set up there equipment and served the delectable food selections in a most professional manner. HIGHLY RECCOMEND !! John B.

Chef On Premise Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Wendy O.
Verified review

A few years ago Damon catered our wedding in Chapel Hill. We had an initial planning meeting plus several phone calls. He was always available or very prompt in returning my calls, which was very important, since we had only 3 months to plan. He was very professional and gave us exactly what we wanted! His fees were very reasonable and the food was delicious with a beautiful presentation. I have recommended Damon to my friends for other events and will use him again for an event that needs to be catered!

Gifts by Tina
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Angela B.
Verified review

I had the opportunity to utilize Gifts by Tina on two occasions. Two years ago Tina added her stylish touch to my sons wedding reception. I also challenged Tina to produce a personalized gift for my sons honeymoon, and according to him, it added to a romantic night. Last year I purchased a gorgeous door wreath from Gifts by Tina, and I am still receiving compliments. The colors used were perfect for spring, and it still adds to the “curb appeal” of my home. I am impressed with the creativity in Gifts by Tina. She takes the time to research the latest trends in order to offer relevant gifts. I love the fact that Tina takes an idea and produces something beyond expectations. I look forward to working with her on future events.

Shirley Harvey Experience
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Markieta J.
    Verified review

    Mrs. Harvey did an excellent job decorating my wedding reception.

    3E Events
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sandra H.
    Verified review

    Shaneeka Moore-Lawrence planned my beautiful wedding. The wedding took place in Hope Valley Diner and she planned my wedding in two months. What impressed me about the planning was that I told her what I wanted and she produced exactly what I wanted without any supervision. She went above and beyond. Getting her employees to help out in the wedding as hosting and decorating. As the bride you don't want to be stressed before the wedding and I assure you she took all the stress away. She sure was on time. Quality of work was outstanding. I do not have anything to say she need to do better. Everything was beautiful. I still have family and friends talking about my wedding reception and wanting Shaneeka's info for their future events. If Shaneeka was a hotel she would be a 5 STAR HOTEL!!!

    Elegant Events
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    Cassie L.
    Verified review

    Elegant Events is a life saver! The caterer of my wedding canceled at the last minute. A friend told me about Chef Lynn Suitt. I contacted her and she did not hesitate. We started right away. The service and the food were excellent!

    San Luis Mexican Catering
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 14 years in business
    Monica R.
    Verified review

    Mike is awesome!!! His food was great.. He did catering for my sweet 15 and 7 years later, I absolutely HAD to get him to do catering for my wedding!!! All our guests had nothing but positive coments about the food.. He has been catering for all my families big events in the past and will continue to do our catering in the future!!!

    Sevyn Social Events
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Kasey W.
      Verified review

      Makiba is the most upbeat, creative and organized person to work with. Her outgoing personality always renewed my excitement about my upcoming day each time I met with her. She is extremely driven and her high level of motivation only encouraged me even more to get stuff done off my never-ending check list. She stayed on top of me to get stuff done! But that was necessary because if she didn't, a lot of stuff probably would have been very last minute - or not done at all. I had a handful of DIY projects in mind to do - but I kept procrastinating. If it wasn't for Makiba, they honestly would not have gotten done at all! I'm so thankful she helped me with (or either did them herself!) my DIY projects. They added a really nice personal touch to my wedding and reception that would have been missing otherwise. I'm so thankful she helped me as much as she did. I could not imagine not having her there the day of my wedding - she handled so many behind-the-scene tasks that I was not aware of and probably would have stressed me out if I did! I cannot express how much I appreciate everything she did before and most of all, the day of my wedding. If you are a bride - you HAVE to get a planner to help you, even if it is just the day of assistance. Makiba will not let you down! Not only is she professional, but she is caring and has a personality that makes you feel like family.

      Char's Catering
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Lora T.
        Verified review

        Charlene asked that I place a review on her Thumbtack – where do I begin. I have worked with Char’s Catering for several of my events. My first encounter was a wedding in 2012. I was allowed to join the bride and groom for their taste testing and the food was outstanding. Nothing was too salty or over/under cooked. We had baked tilapia – delicious. Our next encounter was for a retirement celebration in Reidsville in 2013. Yes she travels. Again the food was absolutely delicious and her staff was awesome as well. I remember the salad being the bomb! I love salads and it just stood out. I’m not sure if it was the dressing or the freshness of the salad itself. Then she catered for a fund raising event in October 2015 for me. The food was incredible, even a guest caterer asked who she was. Her staff were efficient and very helpful. Our most recent taste testing was in April 2016 for an upcoming event in October. Boy, the food was once again outstanding and prepared differently. She also offered desserts. Our client had a field day with the desserts. She has a glowing personality and is very personable and professional. She is organized and timely which is a must in this industry. She is neat, clean and works hard to please her clients. I’ve seen her in action and been a client of hers. When selecting a caterer, I think about what event I’m doing and if that caterer can meet the theme of the event and prepare & present good tasting food for the guests. Char’s catering can do this, she meets the clients requests. She is my go to caterer. She comes highly recommended.

        Catering for All Occasion
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 12 years in business
        Nancie B.
        Verified review

        I had wonderful experiences with Mrs Gillespie as she has catered 2 baby showers, our wedding shower and will be catering our daughter and twin boys up coming birthday party in October. Our fruit tray for the baby shower was a cute baby buggy and it was a whole decadent table for the wedding shower. The fruit tables and trays get the most compliments. The food was easily accessible for our showers and I had plenty of food for all the guest to choose from. The my friends, family and coworkers not only enjoyed the food but ask about next events because of the food. The appetizers are always a hit but we also enjoy the home cooked country food. She can make anything from modern food trays to good home cooking. She has been great for our family and really took a lot of stress off without worrying about the food. She even supplied table cloths and decorations for us when they were needed. I appreciate her and her dedication to making happy customers!

        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.

        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.
        Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.