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Charleston Inexpensive Wedding Caterers

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LowKountry Catering Co
from 58 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Veronica V.
Verified review

We just booked Lowkountry Catering for our wedding. So far, they have been really good with following up and returning my emails. They also worked with us in selecting a buffet style that fits our budget. The only reason why I did not give them a 5 is because our wedding is in 5 months, so I haven't tasted their food as of yet, nor experienced their level of service.

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Chef Laurie LLC
from 45 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

Chef Laurie went out of her way to meet all our requests and there were many....and Everything she made was top notch! She went out of her way to make Our evening relaxed and enjoyable. Her assistant was charming and attentive as well. An evening to remember for sure...thank you Definitely on our list of things to do on our next visit.

from 32 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Ingrid K.
Verified review

Arlette and her team provided an exceptional culinary experience at a wedding she catered for us last October in Mt. Pleasant. She was punctual, professional, and the food looked as good as it tasted. The menu was diverse with loads of superb appetizers - the low-country boil was over the top plentiful and delish. The food was on time and hot, and her well trained extremely friendly staff kept the buffet table full and appetizing. She was talented, capable, and accommodating. I highly recommend IndiGenius Cuisine.

  • 6 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Christina M.
Verified review

Cheyenne was awesome from the start for our wedding. We planned to have his famous bbq, collards, mac n cheese, coleslaw and lowcountry boil. His food was delicious, he responded to all the emails in a timely manner and assisted with other food related tasks we did not expect! His food was great, the portions were great, he was very accommodating to sharing space with other items on the table and even went around and helped pick up the plates that were finished! Quite a few of our friends and family went back for seconds!Cheyenne did go above and beyond, was on time, and the quality service was amazing! It's hard to find quality food and service for an affordable price in Charleston but he has it all! I will 100% recommend Cheyenne to anyone who is looking for a caterer for their wedding or any other event. Thanks for the awesome food and service for our wedding, Cheyenne!

Nikki P.
Verified review

Chef Frisco and his team catered my wedding on 27 Nov, 2015 and I along with my guest was very pleased with the food and quality of service. Everyone was professional, prompt and accommodating. I would recommend Chef Frisco for any event. FYI, I am a very picky person but I was truly pleased.

Islands Catering
from 21 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa H.
Verified review

Words cannot describe how happy we were with Island Catering! They catered our wedding last month and I am still hearing from guests raving about how good the food was. Pete and Juli Twomey were truly remarkable! From the beginning until the end, I have nothing but glowing reviews- from the communication to the menu to the wedding day to the meal, the whole experience was incredible. If you are looking for professionals to cater your wedding or event and you want truly delicious food at an unbelievable price, look no further, Island Catering is the answer to your prayers! I cannot rave on enough about how perfect they helped make our special day!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Laima W.
Verified review

Chef Win catered two meals for us in Charleston at an air bnb we were staying at. It was for a friend's wedding and there were 15 of us. He prepared the welcome meal on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday. We were all blown away. EVERYTHING was so well done, he is such a professional and a pleasure to work with and made it all so easy. I would highly recommend and endorse him. In the words of my friend "the food was so good even my picky daughter ate everything" Well done Chef Win - I was an honor getting to know you.

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Heavenly Hands
from 17 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Suzan K.
Verified review

Mrs. Joyce sent two bartenders to serve our beverages for our daughter's wedding. They were well prepared and very pleasant to work with. Thank you so much!

Flowers & Catering by Irlean
from 11 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy G.
Verified review

I got married on February 28 2015 and Irlean Thompson was awesome wedding planner. She catered to all of our needs and also cooked a dish for the wedding. I would make her your first choice. If you want the best contact Irlean Thompson she will not disappoint you.

Thurston Southern
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Janelle R.
Verified review

I first met Chef Thurston at an event at the Santuary on Kiawah Island. I was impressed with his attention to detail, presentation and his focus on local sustainable ingredients. When I found out he had formed his own catering company, I knew his expertise would be perfect for my daughters wedding. I was right! Our guests were so happy, it was a five star experience all the way..a recipe for the perfect day! I cannot thank you enough! -Janelle Reese

Obrions Catering
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine F.
Verified review

You always hear "You get what you pay for" but boy I felt like I got more than what I paid for with Thrive! Talk about being impressed with their food and service! I was in a bind, needing to stay in budget and needing a catering service within a month before my wedding! Talk about nervous being shot! After posting for a catering service Thrive quickly gave me a quote and I was sold! In my original post I stated that I didn't want to spend more than a certain amount for the food and he kept me right in my price range! He didn't try to sell me what I didn't need but gave me all that I requested. Bonus part was the fact that he came to my venue and setup the food himself!! Oh how that took a load off on me!! Plus I asked him if he would mind setting up my plates, silverwear and napkins and he did that too! I was so happy and impressed with how much he helped me out! After the night he cleaned up his food area where he setup and left the remainder of the food, which was another hugh help! Overall I was highly impressed with the service I received and the great communication from Thrive. They even called to make sure I had the little things like napkins! My guest loved the food seeing how it was almost all gone by the end of the night! If you need someone to cater your event call Thrive, I highly recommend them!! You won't be sorry!!

Sweet Rhi
from 7 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Cara M.
Verified review

Sweet Rhi catered my wedding as well as made my wedding cake. My wedding was in Asheville, NC. She did an amazing job on the presentation and the food was excellent. Rhiannon went above and beyond, by paying extra attention to detail, adding a beautiful artistic touch to everything that she made. She is a true culinary artist and you can see and taste her passion with every bite!!

Kay's Southern Gourmet
from 3 reviews
    Anna R.
    Verified review

    Cannot say enough good things about Miss Kay. We wanted breakfast catering for our wedding and had a very modest budget for catering. We were very discouraged UNTIL we found Miss Kay's Southern Gourmet. She went above and beyond to ensure there was many different food options and food stations all the while thinking about our budget. When we told her our budget for catering she actually said she could do it for less than we were willing to pay her! And everyone raved about her food saying that although breakfast for dinner is a bit unconventional it was delicious and the BEST they have had. Her grits are to die for and she made sure to have staff members personally serve our table throughout the night. She even made a special cake for us to cut and eat (and we have been eating it all week) because we had donuts instead of a wedding cake. AND she had been to our venue before and had tons of excellent suggestions on where to serve things for a good flow through the room. Miss Kay packs MAXIMUM quality into everything she does and we HIGHLY recommend her. Nobody does breakfast better than Miss Kay.

    Seaside Chef Service
    from 1 review
    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Brooke F.
    Verified review

    Eddie did a great job catering several different events that I have hosted. He catered my wedding, a birthday party and several golf tournaments that I helped to organize. He is very professional, reliable, and the food has always been great!

    • 8 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Kendra B.
    Verified review

    Amazing. A year later and wedding guest are still raving about the food. If you are having an event in the Charleston SC area I would strongly encourage you to check out Crave Catering. I contacted over 10 caterers in Charleston, SC. Crave provided, by far, the best quote and the food was absolutely delicious. I can not recommend them enough!

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      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.
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