Average Cost of Wedding Catering 2024

$62 (cost per guest)

In 2024, the average cost of wedding catering is between $51-$73 per guest.  While many couples spend significantly less than this due to banquet-style dinners, the average spend is around $60 per adult guest. The food served at a wedding reception is determined by the time of the wedding and local customs. Food may range from a single non-alcoholic drink with wedding cake to elaborate, multi-course dinners. The type of food is chosen entirely at the discretion of the hosts and is traditionally provided to guests for free.

  • Many venues have a “preferred” vendor list or a mandatory in-house staff that must be used at all events.
  • A popular a la carte service offered by many caterers is the cutting of the cake.

Like with any vendor for the wedding there should be a contract in place for the caterer.