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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 should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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.

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 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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
Reviews for Henderson caterers
Thumbtack Customer
Lisa Marie's catering did a wonderful job at our event. They were very professional and Beyond prepared. The staff was professional, the food was delicious, the presentation was lovely... I will definitely be calling them to cater events for me in the future.
Lisa Marie's Catering ServicesLisa Marie's Catering Services
Judith Y.
I was hesitant at first to have Nick cater my Bday because I have not had any experience hiring someone from Thumbtack. I usually deal with caterers referred from a friend. I am glad I took the jump because now I have found someone to do the catering for me. The price was reasonable and the food was delicious (I got a lot of compliments from my guests). Nick fed 120+ people on my 50th Bday. Everyone enjoyed the food, that is for sure.
Real Meal Catering & EventsReal Meal Catering & Events
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful event at our home, catered by Mamie. The guests loved all of the dishes presented and many went back for third helpings!!. Our theme was a southern style BBQ and Mamie helped us create the menu. Her services were very professional with excellent quality of food, flavor and preparation. I would definitely have her cater our next event. Michael F.
Mamie's Home CookingMamie's Home Cooking
Thumbtack Customer
Lisa Marie catered our wedding reception and did an amazing job. The food was beautiful and delicious and communication with Lisa was very smooth planning our event. We could not be happier!
Lisa Marie's Catering ServicesLisa Marie's Catering Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was extremely pleased with the amazing experience and awesome service rendered by Toni Fuller and her "A Fine Affair Events" Catering company. From day one, when I spoke to her on the phone, we met a few times to discuss our options, until the day of my family event "Mom's 70th B-day Party", Toni's flexibility had made me feel so at ease. Toni's adoring personality and customer service was truly a blessed to me and my family in a way that she catered to our needs. Her customer service was to the point and prompt. Everything was perfect and my mom's b-day bash was a huge success. My entire family loved and enjoyed all aspects of the food and service on the day of our special event. We were all very impressed and I strongly/highly recommend Toni Fuller and her " A Fine Affiar Events" Catering Services to anyone.
A Fine Affair EventsA Fine Affair Events
Vicki M.
We loved having Chris and Kevin cater our party . Very responsive to any questions I had previous . It was so nice to just enjoy the party . Food was great , everyone enjoyed Chris and the food was top notch ! We would have no problem referring!
Taco BlvdTaco Blvd
Chelsea B.
I haven’t yet had my catering experience but the communication and professionalism that is displayed have been very well executed. He is punctual and respectful. I can’t wait to taste this amazing meal we will have soon. Looking so forward to a good time and a full stomach.
Chef Perry-Edwards  & Chef PierreChef Perry-Edwards & Chef Pierre
Melissa B.
Helen catered my daughters wedding, and I can honestly say everything was absolutely amazing!! The food was wonderful, Helen and her crew were outstanding! They were on point with everything! I will definitely hire them again!! I highly recommend Aunty Helens Kitchen for any event!!!
Aunty Helen's KitchenAunty Helen's Kitchen
Maria H.
Chris was excellent in communicating. This is my first time having someone coming to my house to cater. It was absolutely fabulous! The service was amazingly delicious! Chris was cery prefessional, his good was delish. Out guests absolutely enjoyed the meal, cooked & served hot. We will definitely do it again with Taco Blvd with Chris. Thank you!
Taco BlvdTaco Blvd
Lynn W.
Chris from Taco Blvd LLC catered my 70th Birthday celebration. There were approximately 40 people at the event and everyone raves about Chris and how delicious the food was! He received a hearty round of applause when he left. He was very responsive to my requests and arrived right on time. I would highly recommend him for your next event.
Taco BlvdTaco Blvd
Travis R.
Toni and her staff were amazing. Toni was responsive and professional from start to finish. She is a seasoned caterer and knows exactly how to make your event special. She made the process in planning our wedding dinner and cocktail hour so simple and knew exactly what we wanted. The food was delicious and well presented. She was perfect! I would definitely recommend her and would hire her again!!!
A Fine Affair EventsA Fine Affair Events
Heather K.
My daughter recently turned 13 and we decided to have a big party for her. We had a DJ and wanted tacos as well. I am someone that really does my research before hiring or buying anything. This company had so many wonderful reviews. Chris was very quick to respond to me and any questions I had leading up to the event. Not only was he the most reasonably priced caterer I talked to, he was on time, great personality and the food was delicious.. I will never use anybody but Taco Blvd. Again... Thanks Chris
Taco BlvdTaco Blvd
Enid C.
The food was not to our expectations. Of all the food delivered the only food we all liked were the Empanadas and the Mac/Cheese. The turkey was pink inside, the roast was rare, the wings looked undercooked. Most importantly the person that came in with the food had no clue on what she was doing. No carving tray so she was trying to cut the turkey and roast inside the chaffing dishes with plastic utensils. One of my guest ended up cutting the meat and turkey since everyone was getting hungry and the server had no clue on how to cut the meat. She had no clue between appetizers vs. entrees. This was a total disaster and I apologized to my guests (15+) about the poor selection of our dinner. I will never use your catering service.
Culinary 1 on 1, A-ZCulinary 1 on 1, A-Z
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