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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Las Vegas caterers
Lauren B.
I hired Bullseye Catering for a two day corporate event. Gail went above and beyond to provide delicious appetizers and treats. We loved her so much, we even asked her back for a third day of catering, which she so graciously agreed and stayed up late to prepare for the next day. I will definitely be using Bullseye Catering for all of my catering needs moving forward.
Bullseye Catering CompanyBullseye Catering Company
Dan R.
You won’t find a better more caring caterer
Ecstasy Events LLCEcstasy Events LLC
Jessica R.
Thanks Fritz!!! Everyone absolutely loved the food. I can't wait to have you cater our next event again.
Haiti KitchenHaiti Kitchen
Yesenia M.
Great service, highly recommend. I would reuse this caterer for our future needs. Great communication and friendly staff. The team members enjoyed their lunch!
Mamie's Home CookingMamie's Home Cooking
Trina R.
Helen is wonderful. She goes out of her way to make sure you are catered to. We hired Helen to cater our renewal of vows and did she exceed our expectations! She went above and beyond. We appreciate you Helen and thank you for the great food, your amazing touch and for being great! You made our event even more special because you were a part of it. Thank you!
Aunty Helen's KitchenAunty Helen's Kitchen
Fran p.
Elias responded very quickly to my needs for a post- funeral brunch. Individualized the menu to include everything requested. Reliable, professional, punctual, good price. I recommend this caterer.
Maria W.
Caren not only went over and beyond in catering, cooking, serving and hosting my party for over 50+people, she did all of this within a 24 hr short notice. She not only made delicious and fresh foods, she also created beautiful presentation from horderves to the main course. If I could give her a 10 star rating, I would have to give her 11!!! Wish she lived near me, I would solely use her for all my parties and events....I know when I have any catering need in Las Vegas, there is no one better to use than Caren's Concessions and Catering. Thank you for all you did to make m y parry a great success. All my guests raved about you and your food!!!!
Caren's Concessions & CateringCaren's Concessions & Catering
Amanda S.
Nick with Real Meal Catering did a fantastic job catering our corporate cocktail party. From creating the menu to helping arrange the space to best suit the food and allow good traffic flow, he went above and beyond. The food was amazing and all of our guests were talking about how delicious it was several days later. Nick was very responsive, attentive to our needs, and extremely professional. I would recommend Real Meal for any event, as Nick and his team definitely exceeded our expectations.
Indulge Catering & EventsIndulge Catering & Events
Jacquie N.
Working with Gail and Matt was the best decision I made for this event. The food was WONDERFUL. communication was easy and thorough. The all inclusiveness made this so easy to host. I will absolutely use them again for catering events for business and personal.
Bullseye Catering CompanyBullseye Catering Company
Antoinette R.
I appreciate Mamie being able to cater our school’s Winter Formal! She was able to work within our budget and responded very quickly whenever I had a question :) The food was very good and I especially enjoyed the fried cookie dough!
Mamie's Home CookingMamie's Home Cooking
Thumbtack Customer
Mamie is a genuine "southern" lady. She recently catered a charity event at our office. We enjoyed her food, she has a little bit of everything on her menu from vegetarian to hearty meat dishes. The vegetarian gumbo and catfish bites are the bomb!
Mamie's Home CookingMamie's Home Cooking
Sayoko W.
Chef Nick catered a small event in my home. I interviewed three chefs but Chef Nick’s professionalism, innovative ideas and communication made him a standout. He put together a phenomenal menu, the food was absolutely amazing! I will definitely use Real Meal Las Vegas in the future.
Indulge Catering & EventsIndulge Catering & Events
Shelby P.
Gil and his team made our dream day a reality. Gil was easily adaptable to our menu adjustments and answered all of our questions along the way. We enjoyed working with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for catering services of any kind. Our guests are still raving about the food.
Smokey Jay’s Florida Style BBQSmokey Jay’s Florida Style BBQ
Alyssa T.
Such a great experience with Taco Blvd! My original taco man cancelled on me last minute and i was able to get Taco Blvd instead. The meat was so flavorful, my favorite part was al pastor ! So delicious. The watermelon agua Fresca was so tasty and refreshing. I’m looking forward to having Taco Blvd cater my next event.
Taco BlvdTaco Blvd
Anne H.
Working with Chef Creon for my wedding was incredibly easy. He provided a sample menu and was very easy to get ahold of for changes and pricing. The food came on time, was set up smoothly, and was DELICIOUS. We got so many compliments on the food from our guests. If I ever have a catering event again, I would go with Chef Creon. Thank you, Chef!
Meals and GatheringsMeals and Gatherings
Steven D.
My event was PERFECT!! I can not say enough about how professional Charlene and her team was in coordinating and catering my event. They showed up on time and ready to go, to serve my guests when they arrived and the food was absolutely amazing! Ecstasy Events did so well, I now use them all the time for my MANY group events! Charlene and her team are extremely flexible and are always able to accommodate! Thank you for providing such an exceptional service, and exceptional food, each and every time!!
Ecstasy Events LLCEcstasy Events LLC
Celeste M.
We hired Gill for a 5:30pm Gender Reveal party for 35 people. I went on Thumbtack just to see if a caterer would be possible as that was too many to cook for - for me personally - and Gill got back to me instantly. What I loved was his promptness in every question and request I had - he started our conversation saying he’d work with my budget so I was immediately set at ease. I spoke to other caterers for quotes but he was the most persistent with a sincere interest in doing our party. He has a great variety of food choices - perfect for what I was looking for in a walking/standing light dinner. Mini beef tacos, bbq pork sliders with an amazing sauce, pot stickers which was also a favorite, chicken skewers and mini turkey sandwiches - Caesar salad and vegetable platter. The menu offered something for every taste. So many at the party asked for his card and asked me where I found him. And as an added bonus - we really enjoyed meeting him - he’s very personable and comfortable in our kitchen. He wowed the guests by introducing the menu beautifully. Just a great experience all around with Gill.
Smokey Jay’s Florida Style BBQSmokey Jay’s Florida Style BBQ
Veronica B.
Amazing. Dae was a fantastic communicator during the several months before my event. She and her team were amazing and went above and beyond for me and my guests. Although her team was not hired to serve the appetizers that I put together, she asked if they could help with the service and they did an amazing job making my guests feel catered to. And the four courses that she and her chef made were all so very delicious. There were 30 guests and everyone was so impressed. If I do another event in the future, I know where to go.
Missy B.
I can't put into words how wonderful it was working with Gail and her team. She went above and beyond for our 3 day event. Being in MN and planning for an event in Vegas was a challenge, but she thought of things that I never would have and took so much of the work out of my hands - everything was seamless and perfect. Everyone enjoyed the food, great quality and reasonable pricing. They have definitely perfected their craft, we will definitely use them again. I can't recommend working with Bullseye Catering enough. Thank you so much for everything Gail!!
Bullseye Catering CompanyBullseye Catering Company
Thumbtack Customer
I can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Toni and her team! From her first visit with us to plan our catering--to her myriad of connections that led to no-fuss, no-stress party rentals for our wedding and reception; a beautiful, affordable, delicious custom wedding cake; to her patience and responsiveness to change requests and questions; Toni is a true professional. All this, not to mention the variety and quality of the menu, the presentation, service and clean up that made our reception so pleasant for our guests--and a team that was attentive, efficient and supportive of us. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant party planning, execution and clean up experience. I recommend Toni without hesitation. Thanks SO much!!!
A Fine Affair EventsA Fine Affair Events
Thumbtack Customer
I have to say that trying to find a caterer when organising a wedding from overseas is tough. We were extremely fortunate that it was Toni who responded to our request. We spoke on the phone and immediately she put my wife and I at ease. Not only did Toni fill us with confidence but she also went above and beyond to make sure we didn't need to worry about a thing. By far the best in terms of cost and service. Toni's communication throughout the planning leading up to our wedding and in the days before could not be faulted. All of our guests were blown away by the quality of food and amount of it!!! We had Toni and 3 of her staff present during our reception organising, bar tending and serving and every single one of them were outstanding. Toni was very experienced and offered us advice whenever we needed it. I cannot recommend 'A Fine Affair Events' highly enough. Thank you again for making our wedding even better than we could ever have imagined it would be! Ross & Leah Campbell 04/12/2014
A Fine Affair EventsA Fine Affair Events
Jazzmin H.
Throughout our entire experience working with Curtis the word that comes to mind is Professionalism. From the very beginning of the planning process he was easy to communicate with. He's quick to respond to inquiries and breaks things down in an easy to understand way even if you know nothing about catering. He takes great care to understand your needs and ideas, and offers his advice without being pushy and overselling. His attention to detail was flawless and brought to our attention things we wouldn't have ever considered. Onsite, Curtis and his team continued to uphold their professionalism. They were respectful of our home and guests. They brought their own equipment, kept a tidy workspace, and worked very efficiently even in our small kitchen. They were prompt and flexible with the timeline during our event. The food itself was astonishing. Each dish was carefully plated and beautiful; they even brought their own dishware to compliment the presentation of each dish. Every single guest was consistently impressed with the well-balanced flavors cooked to perfection. The creativity of each dish simultaneously complemented the next while standing uniquely on its own. Curtis gave a brief introduction to each dish as it was hand presented to our table, once again demonstrating his excellent communication skill. He even threw in a very fun, interactive and innovative surprise between one of the courses (but I won't ruin the surprise). The meal was impeccable. Something you'd pay BIG money for at a 5 star restaurant. At the end of the event, they left our kitchen clean took care not to disturb the event while they were loading out their equipment. The price was very fair and well worth it. 10/10 will recommend! We can't wait for our next event and will definitely keep Curtis at the top of our list!
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