What’s the average cost for wedding catering?

*This data has been updated. Read the current cost of wedding catering here.

Couples today place a large emphasis on feeding their wedding guests only the highest quality and best-tasting food on offer – no matter the cost! We understand – guests often remember a wedding by whether or not they enjoyed the food provided!

So how much are Australian couples willing to part with to feed their guests? How much on average does wedding catering cost?

According to the Easy Weddings 2016 Annual Australian Wedding Survey, the average price couples are willing to spend to cater their wedding is $8,160.

When it comes to how much couples are willing to part with to feed their guests at their dream wedding, the average price varies from state to state across Australia.

The stats

Australian Capital Territory couples are the big spenders in this case, forking out an average of $11,065 to cater their wedding.

Victorian couples spend an average of $9,895 on their catering, while New South Wales couples are willing to part with $8,955.

Tasmanian couples spend an average of $7000, closely followed by Western Australian and Northern Territory couples who’ll part with $6,570 and $6,300 respectively.

Queensland couples are the most modest when it comes to catering their wedding, only forking out an average of $4,800!

Fun facts

According to the 2016 Easy Weddings Annual Australian Survey, 62% of couples are having sit-down catering for their wedding. 24% said they’re having a buffet, and 14% are having finger food.

Of those surveyed, 70% of couples said they would be serving gluten-free food at their reception, and 30% said they would not.

Of those surveyed, most felt caterers excelled in catering for a variety of dietary requirements and provided a diverse range of cultural options.

2017 prediction

For 2017, the Easy Weddings Annual Wedding Survey results so far conclude a drop in the average price couples are willing to pay for their wedding catering. While the complete 2017 is not yet published, we predict this is because of a rise in popularity of food trucks and street food options, which symbolises a shift from caring what it LOOKS like, to what it tastes like. And, with the rise in intimate weddings, this could also point toward a decrease in the average spend for caterering. Less people; less mouths to feed, right?

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Keep an eye out for the 2017 Easy Weddings Annual Wedding Survey!

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