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$ 783
Jan 2008
Fergus Falls, MN
Buffet style meal by local catering company  more... close row
$ 4300
Apr 2008
Lincoln, Nebraska
Appetizers and a trustworthy caterer worked out well  more... close row
$ 4000
Apr 2006
Houston, TX
Locally owned full service caterer  more... close row
$ 600
Feb 2008
Anaheim, CA
40 person wedding reception  more... close row
$ 1800
Jun 2006
Lawndale, CA
Food was good with extra beverages included  more... close row
$ 6860
Jul 2007
Valparaiso, IN
Food and open bar at wedding  more... close row
$ 3700
Jun 2006
Dallas, TX
Leave room in your wedding budget for good food  more... close row

Description of service

The food is always one of the most important aspects of a wedding, so we got suggestions from lots of our friends and met with four caterers before we made our choice. We had to bump up our budget a little, but we ended up paying $25 per plate for the dinner and $400 for three different types of hors d'oeuvres during the time between the ceremony and reception. The dinner included a choice of filet, chicken or vegetarian pasta, and all tables had bread, salad, vegetables, potatoes, and mints, along with beverages such as water, tea, and coffee.

Review of Service

The caterer that we selected handles at least one wedding every weekend, so they are always busy and didn't need our business, but they treated us like we were their only customer. The food was also excellent and both of us and all of the guests were very satisfied with the menu and the result. While deciding on the menu, the caterer met us twice and we tasted a variety of options before making our selections for our event. He really helped us manage the costs by making valuable suggestions and showing us how to stay close to our budget but still deliver restaurant-quality meals. It was a great idea to serve some light food to the guests while we were taking pictures and changing our clothes, and his other thoughts on the menu were also right on point. The price was fair and the service was fine, everything was presented and tasted just as we expected.


The menu is one area that you carefully budget but also leave room to increase because it is really important and you want the food to be great and not ruin a special event. Definitely talk to a few caterers and taste their food before making a decision; their personality matters too, so consider that in your choice.

$ 1500
Jun 2007
Amarillo, TX
Food was great, service just OK  more... close row
$ 57
Jun 2006
Trevose, PA
Food and drink for wedding guests  more... close row
$ 21000
Dec 2007
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Wedding location and food service  more... close row
$ 8835
Jun 2006
Trevose, Pa
Caterers at a fire hall  more... close row