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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 Houston wedding caterers
Thumbtack Customer
Best Wedding Caterer Out There Pricing can't be beat and the amount of food you get for the price is Amazing! We all know that most caterers charge extra fees which adds a lot their pricing in the end. Pick this Caterer you will not be disappointed !
Affordable CateringAffordable Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful experience with Red Dot Cuisine. AJ, the owner was a pleasure to work with. If you are in need of a caterer, rest assured, you will not be disappointed with Red Dot. We used them to cater a wedding reception for 130 guests. AJ handled everything for us. Tables, linens, glasses, servers, and a wide variety of food items. You can depend on them to be on time and prepared, provide top quality food and virtually everything needed your event. All at very reasonable prices. We are so pleased that we found Red Dot and will definitely use them again for any catering needs in our future.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
None of the qualities listed above! The best thing going for this Caterer/Company, is the food - and it is great! However, the organization behind it is lacking. For example, the day of the Wedding, you don't call the Bride or Groom, one minute before they are about to go down the aisle, to confirm the location of your reception!
Catered ComfortsCatered Comforts
Mark and his team catered my niece's christening reception @ the Gite Gallery in April 2018. The Gite Gallery has preferred caterers; however, I never heard from either caterer after contacting them. Upon contacting Mark, I explained that a friend of mine had attended an event where his team caterer the food and raved about it so I felt it was kismet that we linked up on Thumbtack. I also explained to Mark that I live in northern Virginia, and that I would need a caterer to facilitate most of the interaction with the Gite Gallery. Mark hosted a tasting the week of the reception for my mother and I listened in over the phone. She RAVED about the food! Every item Mark brought out was better than the next! I received the same rave reviews from the 50 people that enjoyed the passed hor d'oeuvres and heavy appetizers over the 3.5 hour period of the party. His lovely wife served as the TABC bartender. We provided the wine, water, and sodas and she served our guests. The money I spent on the event was well worth it and the Gite Gallery owner is even planning on using Mark and his team for future events. Mark will also be the caterer of my rehearsal dinner and wedding (once the date and man are secured 😀) . It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mark, his lovely wife and his staff. His impeccable attention to detail is evident through the presentation of his food and options for seating at a venue that was extremely tight and didn't necessarily accommodate for seating. If you're looking for a caterer with years of experience and reasonably priced with attention to detail and the most AMAZING food, Dine Catering and Events should be your first and ONLY option!
Dine Catering and EventsDine Catering and Events
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Dine was one of the best decisions my husband and I made for our wedding! Mark is friendly, kind, talented, and genuinely cares about his clients. He worked with us on price range and made sure the menu fit our needs AND wants. It was very easy to set the menu up with him and I felt like I could trust him from the beginning. After we did a tasting session and solidified everything for the wedding I knew everything would work out. At the wedding Mark's team was on point the entire time. Our friends and family could not stop talking about how wonderful the service and food was. If you're looking for a very reasonable caterer that is talented and committed to making your event unforgettable, Mark is the way to go!
Dine Catering and EventsDine Catering and Events
Kirsten K.
Mark and Louise were wonderful! Absolutely would recommend Dine Catering for any event, large or small. Attention to detail is their secret, they don’t miss a thing. The food was delicious and beautiful, while the staff was professional, friendly, prepared and on time!! They handled our wedding reception and hit the ball out of the park!!! Very experienced and so helpful, we hit jackpot with them! My guests were very impressed and still talking about the delicious food at our reception!!!
Dine Catering and EventsDine Catering and Events
Thumbtack Customer
Can't say enough great things about AJ and Red Dot Cuisine! I hired AJ to cater my wedding on 11/19/16. We had around 175 guest at a venue located close to Downtown Houston. All my communication from the start has been pleasant, thorough, and best of all easy. Planning a wedding can be very stressful but I was fortune to have a stress free catering experience. AJ prepared a tasting for me so we could finalize the menu. This was a huge plus as he accommodated the timing around my hectic work schedule. The wedding day itself went smoothly. AJ was able to provide all our needs including linens and all china/glassware. We received MULTIPLE compliments on the food. Our guest were very impressed with the variety offered and the quality. My husband's favorite part was the dessert option. Since we were having cake we did not want a dessert buffet. AJ offered to make small favor chocolates with our picture printed on them. They were so cute and a huge hit with our guest! Not only were they cute but it also saved us money since we didn't have to purchase a favor separately. Overall I would recommend Red Dot to anyone who is looking for a professional, service oriented company. Thanks AJ!
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
Shorty's Canun Catering was fantastic! Everyone raved about the food! It helped make our wedding reception a complete success! The food was great! Most of my guests are Louisiana cajuns, and they said 'two thumbs up!' I asked a close friend if she liked the food and her response was "I went back three times!" The service was great, the food was hot, delicious, and plentiful! The ladies are personable, professional, and always on top of things. I will definitely keep them at the top of my list for our next party!
Shorty's Cajun CateringShorty's Cajun Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I am absolutely thrilled with the way Dine Schools catered my Engagement party.They really made my party perfect!!! I have friends and family that are still talking about food/party. Everything turned out better than I could've imagined and the staff was unbelievable. Now to get to the food and the set up! Delicious and stunning!!! I had no idea I was going to see any kind of set up display and when I walked into the venue I was so shocked! It looked so beautiful !! Everyone kept asking me about the caterer because they kept saying how delicious the food was! I loved the system used, the plates and silverware were so nice! Everyone was fed, with plenty extra to get seconds! I accidentally put the wrong time on my invitation but Chef Mark assured me it was o problem at all! He was well prepared, on time, attentive, and truly amazing!!! I sat back the next day so grateful on how my party went!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU CHEF MARK!!! Can't wait to see you and your staff at the wedding!!!
Dine Catering and EventsDine Catering and Events
Thumbtack Customer
From the start Chef Mason was a HUGE help and hit! The samples he brought us, won us over on the first bite! We had a small office Christmas party of about 20 people. Chef Mason's food outstanding! Chef Mason's personality outstanding! I highly, highly, highly recommend if you are looking for a caterer, you contact Chef Mason! (Oh and ask for the Crawfish Enchalides!) We were seriously licking our plates clean and asking for 2nd's and 3rd's. Thank you for making our Christmas party great Chef Mason! Two of us are already planning on booking him for a wedding and a house warming party that's how great he is! Can't wait to try more of your food! Sincerely, A New Devoted Fan!
Mason's Creative CateringMason's Creative Catering
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