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When planning a wedding in Atlanta, a city in the heart of the south where food is legendary, it’s important to keep your catering options in mind. Determining your menu will depend on the formality of your venue, the theme of your wedding, and your personal and guest list diet restrictions. With a city and surrounding area as diverse as Atlanta (think swanky Alpharetta clubs, winery and vineyard settings in Dahlonega, or country-chic barns in Newnan), you have just as many options when it comes to catering your event. Scroll through these vetted (and delicious!) Atlanta wedding caterers to find the perfect vendor to help you celebrate your wedding day with ease.
When you dream of celebrating your wedding day in Atlanta, the food and drink you serve is likely not the very first thought on your mind. But, think of the weddings you’ve attended. Chances are you remember how good (or not so good!) the food and beverage options available to you were! And for good reason. A wedding guest’s taste buds are a direct channel to his or her memory bank! Surprise and delight your guests by offering some of the best food and drink in Atlanta, and your guests, will be glad you did. Take advantage of seasonal and regional delicacies (think peaches in the summertime and regional fare native to the southern states!) and offer your guests an unforgettable, and delicious, event all your own.
Plan to book your Atlanta wedding caterer around 12 months from your wedding day. Book early to reserve your preferred wedding date. When you live in a popular metro area like Atlanta, event venues will likely be booked for weddings up to a year in advance. Catering costs are dependent on the menu, venue and set up, but for a starting point can run between $35-$85+ per person not including any alcohol, linen or decor upgrades. It’s important to consult with your Atlanta wedding venue about the possibility of bringing in an outside caterer for your event. With some Atlanta wedding venues, it may not be possible or even necessary to contact independent caterers for your wedding.
Once you have an idea of timing and budget in mind, the fun begins! Selecting the menu for your reception is an exciting step in your wedding planning process. Choosing a menu that reflects the season and your wedding day style will create a memorable event for your guests. To get started, you’ll want to schedule a tasting with your caterer or venue to finalize the menu. Before your tasting day, you will likely get a menu to review and make selections from. Typical wedding caterer tastings are not like what you see in the movies! You will get to sample a select number of dishes that interest you. Also, be prepared to pay for this tasting—your caterer will discuss cost per person attending ahead of time.
Once you attend your tasting, you will feel comfortable choosing the items to be served at your Atlanta wedding during the cocktail hour and reception. But the decision-making process doesn’t end there. Consult with your Atlanta wedding planner about how you should serve the meal to your guests. There are a vast array of wedding catering presentation ideas to choose from. Passed appetizers, appetizer stations, late-night treats, buffet dinners, and sit down dinners all have a time and a place at a wedding—your Atlanta wedding planner will know exactly what type of presentation suits your big day best.
Whether you’re dreaming of serving an exquisite surf and turf sit down dinner or a family-style southern barbecue feast, these Atlanta wedding caterers will make your event truly one of a kind.