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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.

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 Galveston caterers
Deb N.
Pam catered two meals for our family reunion. The food was excellent and arrived exactly when and how we expected. Everything was fresh and the portions were generous! I would definitely choose to use Jersey Girl Catering again. Highly recommend
JerseyGirl CateringJerseyGirl Catering
Thumbtack Customer
AJ and Marco catered a dinner for 14 at a beach house in Galveston outstanding food and service Highly Recommend
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Cynthia M.
We had 2 meals catered this past weekend. Both meals were absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Our guests were satisfied and impressed. I will definitely use Knotty Pine again!
Knotty Pine CateringKnotty Pine Catering
Lisa M.
I have been recovering over the last 3 months from a back injury. Without Keif's Catering I would not have been able to provide my family with a healthy and bountiful Thanksgiving meal. The spread offered by Keif's Catering was ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS... Thank you, Kifer, for taking care of us this holiday season... everything was DELICIOUSLY DIVINE. God blessed those hands... and you used your talents to bless us. I pray for increase over you and your business. #CateringDoneRight #HardtoChooseaFavorite #HomeCookinginHouston #KiferGoodluck #DatFellaCanCook
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Beverly M.
Red Dot was a huge win for my wedding!! From setting up the tasting until the day of the wedding, AJ was just amazing! He was patient, helpful, and responsive throughout the planning, and the day of the wedding he and his team were on point and took great care of me, my husband, and my guests. Everyone raved about how great the food was, and absolutely no one left hungry--even me, an admitted picky eater! Finding a caterer was a huge point of stress for me, but I could not be more pleased that I chose Red Dot Cuisine.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
It is hard to put into words how AMAZING our experience was with AJ and his entire staff. Not being from the area I was at a loss for a cater for our daughters wedding, so I went online. From our 1st conversation I knew we were in good hands. As he walked me through the process of the catering options and wedding necessities I felt at ease. He was professional with a great touch of humor and a willingness to create a pleasant experience for our family. At our taste testing we were able to customize the menu, he provided so much food with a huge variety that we literally felt like we needed to get rolled out with a dollie. Our venue was beautiful but provided only the tables and chairs - AJ made a trip to meet with the venue staff and myself to look it over and provided options for set up. In case of rain the ceremony would need to be moved inside and he had solutions for everything. He brought a backdrop that would be used if necessary and since we had gorgeous weather he used the backdrop to enhance our wedding cake. He was in constant touch with me, via text, email or phone. Great communication. The week before the wedding he even offered to provide breakfast to our out of town guests. Two days before the wedding our bartender bailed, and once again AJ had the solution he provided the bartenders necessary. AJ and his team arrived the day before the wedding to set up and provided helpful tips as we decorated. The day of the wedding AJ brought a tray of beautiful wrap sandwiches, fresh fruit, and salads to the salon where the wedding party was getting ready, this was a wonderful treat for all of us and extremely tasty!! They arrived at the venue early set up a fabulous presentation. The food was incredible, the quality impeccable, it was attractive, fresh, hot and served with a smile. Before we realized it they had cleared everything, so seamlessly. AJ was like a magician all concerns had instant solutions, we could NOT have found a more amazing wonderful cater for our daughters wedding, especially since it was all done long distance. He went over and beyond and his personal extras were over the top. The goldfish appetizers, the pineapple tree and the ICE SCULPTURE were all breathtaking surprises to the bride and groom. I feel through this experience we also made a friend. Thank God for leading us to AJ and his team.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
TERRIBLE  TERRIBLE CATERER!!!!!! Queenie showed up to the wrong address  called my husband and my cell phone screaming that I was not their at the house.  3 weeks before our wedding my husband and I drove from Waxahachie,Tx  to Texas city a 4 1/2 hr drive just to pay Queenie "infull" and do a taste testing. My fiancé and I signed the contract and gave her the "new" address to our new beach house and explained we had to change houses do to having an event at the beach house. In the contract it stats she is to call 24 hrs before the event to confirm all details and "location" which she did not. Queenie said she was 4 hrs early so she wouldn't be late because of the ferry ride across Galveston to get to crystal beach.  I reminded her on the phone the contract is for our event time from 6pm-10pm a 4 hr alloted serving time for our reception not from the time she showed up. In the the contract it states reguardless if she comes early to set things up that it is on her time , our time is for 4 hours and does not start until the "event starts".  Queenie showed up with her hair literally a mess, looked like she just woke up and rolled out of bed literally in her "pajamas". I took Queenie aside and asked her very politely if she had a change of clothes because she did not look appropriate for the wedding. Queenie said she was sorry but she didnt have many hours of sleep because she just did 2 weddings the night before. Queenie did not change until after our wedding started,  it was very embarrassing. Once the wedding ceremony was over on the beach we came back to semi decorated tables and  "cold appetizers".  I was not happy at all when that should have been an amazing happy entrance. Queenie then proceeded to tell my fiancé immediately after we just walked up and everyone was congratulating us, that it was (8:30pm) and unless we paid her $50.00 additional per hour on top of the $1,800.00 we already paid,  then she was packing up everything and would be leaving in 30 minutes. Most of our guests were literally standing in line for appetizers that were cold and when they asked why ? she refused to turn back on the burners to serve them "warm meatballs", she unplugged the ( 2 ) chocolate fountains  and started putting food in her van. The dinner portion had not even been touched yet, the burners were all off that contained  "chicken", "pork", beef brisket in metal cookware. I asked her how long the burners where off and she said for 1 hour. I was soooo upset I went upstairs to get Tupperware to put the  food in and then I pulled out my contract and showed her, look Queenie you are supposed to serve the food we paid for until 10pm tonight. Queenie dismissed what I was showing her and continued to put up food and had her one server start cleaning tables and taking guests plates "while" they were eating.  At this point my guests still had not been served dinner, only cold appetizers that had been sitting out !!!  We continued to argue and finally after causing a HUGE seen I asked for her copy of the contract and it clearly had a note that said "reception" 6:00pm-10pm Queenie never once served me the bride or my husband the groom as she stated she would be doing in the contract. My husband had to make our own plates.  Queenie then started yelling at my brother and a groomsman in the middle of my daughters speech because the toast was taking too long and she wanted to do the cake and go home. I have never in my life been treated this terribly or humiliated for that matter. Queenie unfortunaly ruined our wedding night!!!!!  I will never forget how we felt, my child, relatives and friends felt,  it left a terrible memory that will never be forgotten, plus 8 of my in-laws/ relatives from out of state New York LEFT!!!!!! I am so disappointed in Queenie. I will never pay "infull" to any vendor ever again until the job is actually done. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND QUEENIES DELUCTIBLES TO ANYONE!!!  I am so sadened that this women turned what was supposed to be an amazing moment in our lives and turned into complete chaos. 😭😭😭
Queenie's Delectable DelightsQueenie's Delectable Delights
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