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the Cost of Wedding Caterers

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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

Description of service

I used a locally owned full service caterer for my wedding in April 2006. For the price I paid, we had a full meal of turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings; drinks; fresh-fruit display (with a carved watermelon); rented linens and china; cake service (of a cake that they did not make); and full setup and clean up of the catering area.

Review of Service

The food was excellent, but the service was even better. We and our family did not have to worry for one second about having to set up, clean up, or deal with dishes.


Make sure and do your research. Call around to several different caterers and get as many references as possible. Before you call, make sure to have an idea of exactly what you want in terms of catering. Tell them exactly what you want, and do not give them any money without having details spelled out to your satisfaction in the contract. This is for your safety and theirs. Try to do a taste-testing if possible so that you can get an idea of the quality of the food that will be prepared for your big day. Also, make sure that your coordinator (if you have one) is aware of the caterer and is prepared to coordinate with them on the timing of food service as it will relate to the other big events. Make sure that the caterer will have access to the venue to begin setup early enough so that they will not be dragging equipment in as guests are arriving.

$ 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
$ 1500
Jun 2007
Amarillo, TX
Food was great, service just OK  more... close row
$ 3700
Jun 2006
Dallas, TX
Leave room in your wedding budget for good food  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