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What to Expect from Your Wedding Caterer

Wedding season is right around the corner! By now, venues have been booked, dresses are flying off the rack, and showers are happening every day. One thing is on the mind of all your guests – the food. A good wedding caterer is essential for a great wedding reception. Whether you are serving prime rib, having an interactive taco bar or mouth-watering BBQ, your guests are sure to remember the food you serve on your big day.

Weddings can be expensive. From high venue price tags to DJs and cupcakes, every successful wedding has a budget. Be sure to plan for the price of your catering as well as the people who will be serving the food.

How much is catering for a wedding?

Your wedding catering costs will depend on the size of your wedding, type of food and service you choose, and any special dietary needs. According to The Knot, the average amount spent on catering in 2021 for weddings was $75 per person. For plated meals, these costs can skyrocket. One way to keep your costs down is to provide buffet-style catering.

At Q39, we want to make sure that you know exactly what you will be paying for your wedding catering. We work with you to provide a detailed estimate for your unique wedding catering services. Contact us today to get a quote and learn how we can provide catering services for your wedding.

What kinds of food are popular for a wedding?

Popular wedding foods are always changing, but classic favorites like prime rib and chicken typically remain top choices. In recent years, more weddings have incorporated a signature cocktail that either goes with the main course or has some significance to the happy couple.

For a more unique wedding experience, consider incorporating BBQ catering with options like smoked brisket, pulled pork, and ribs.

Can I cater BBQ?

We certainly would! BBQ wedding catering is becoming increasingly popular as it offers an affordable option that still allows for plenty of food and flavor options. At Q39, we offer full service catering that includes all our signature dishes. With options at different price points, we make it easy for you to get a little bit of everything at your wedding reception.

Wedding catering is a great way to set the mood for your reception. While also tasting great, BBQ catering creates a fun atmosphere and can really get the party started.

How to host a BBQ wedding reception

Barbecue wedding receptions offer a unique and fun wedding experience. Combining the classic elegance of wedding planning with the casual atmosphere of BBQ catering can create a wedding day that is both stylish and memorable. For starters, BBQ is easily elevated with specialty sides like macaroni and cheese, seasonal vegetables, and potato salad. With all the options of BBQ, your guests can choose what they really want. BBQ is perfect for outdoor wedding receptions. Consider hosting your guests outdoors for a truly unique experience.

Tips for BBQ catering

When choosing wedding catering, there are a few key tips to consider when selecting BBQ wedding catering. First and foremost, make sure your wedding caterer is experienced and can provide you with a detailed estimate of all services provided. When considering wedding menus, be sure to include items that will please guests of all ages and dietary restrictions. BBQ sides are perfect for picky eaters and dietary restrictions. Our apple coleslaw, orzo pasta salad and cucumber onion salad are some of our favorite vegetarian options. For more great sides, check out our menu.

How to save catering leftovers

At the end of a wedding reception, it’s common to have leftovers from wedding catering. Before disposing of food waste, consider donating wedding catering leftovers to local food banks or shelters. Your wedding caterer should be able to help coordinate and package leftover items for donation. If you plan to take some home for yourself, be sure to check out our complete guide to bbq leftovers.

Should I tip my caterer?

Maybe we are a little biased, but we think you should! Wedding caterers work hard to make sure your wedding day is perfect. They often are working days in advance to make sure that everything is ready to go and all the support they need is totally ready to serve you and your guests. Showing appreciation for all their hard work is important and tipping your wedding caterer is a great way to do so. Tipping for larger catering services works just like going out for lunch. We recommend tipping 15% – 20% of the cost of the services.

Supporting local businesses for wedding catering

When planning weddings, it’s important to consider supporting local businesses and caterers. Many wedding caterers are family-owned and operated, meaning your wedding catering dollars can directly support the community. Q39 is a local Kansas City business. We love celebrating happy couples and creating communities right here in KC!

Learn more about our catering options at Q39 and get a quote today!