• Brides and grooms budget almost 50 percent of their wedding costs for catering. With options such as seated dinners, heavy hors d'oeuvres receptions and action station buffets, the pricing for wedding catering takes on many factors.


    Menus can be determined by first considering the type of reception desired--plated dinner, action stations or heavy hors d'oeuvres--and then by deciding the type of food preferred. Chicken and beef serve well for plated dinners, family-style foods are ideal for action stations and finger foods often are used as passed appetizers.

    Seated Dinner

    Plated dinner service is priced per seat, ranging from $30 per person to as much as $100 per person or more, depending on the meal desired.

    Action Stations

    Action stations are a modified buffet and allot for more than one serving per guests. There are often three to five stations available, which are priced per person and per station fee, and come with a minimum guest count. Pricing ranges from $6 for pasta stations to $15 per person for carved lamb, with some charges for attendants such as at a carving station.

    Bar Service

    Bar service can include liquor, beer, wine and non-alcoholic options, and is estimated at $10 to $20 per person with regards to house or premium brands and a minimum service time.


    Catering budgets of approximately $10,000 to $12,000 for a reception of about 150 guests are considered the average. Other considerations should include labor, such as servers: plates and silverware; rentals, like tables or equipment needed; and also gratuity and fees for specialty services such as cutting the cake or corking the wine.


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  • "The average wedding caterer cost, including food and food service, drinks and drink service and cake and cake cutting fees is $12,790, according to The Bridal Association of America , which treats these as three separate categories. The average number of guests is 150, so it works out to about $85 per person."

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