Wedding Catering Columbia SC

Local resource for wedding catering services in Columbia. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to event catering, wedding cakes, wedding desserts, wedding menu design, food preparation, wedding brunches, wedding church buffets, and wedding reception meals, as well as advice and content on how to choose a good wedding caterer.

Ristorante Divino
(803) 799-4550
803 Gervais St Columbia
, SC
Ole Timey Trail Blazers Catrg
(803) 732-1599
6352 Saint Andrews Rd Columbia
, SC
The Mitchell House & Garden
(803) 359-5325
421 N Lake Dr Lexington
, SC
Houston's Enterprise Catering
(803) 254-1188
1825 Saint Julian Pl
Columbia, SC

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Carolina Cafe & Catering
(803) 799-6676
925 Sumter St
Columbia, SC
Creative Weddings
(803) 799-2711
1226 Summerville Ave Columbia
, SC
L T With Sunfun
(803) 939-1318
154 Woodcrest Ln Gaston
, SC
Applause Catering
(803) 933-9580
1208 Laurel St
Columbia, SC
Carolina Cafe & Catering Co
(803) 799-6676
925 Sumter St
Columbia, SC

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Happy Cookers
(803) 787-7862
3217 Devine St
Columbia, SC

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Creating an Impressive Wedding Reception Menu

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Want to know the secret to an impressive wedding catering menu: delicious food and a spectacular presentation. Here, a list of catering trends to keep your guests talking long after the wedding reception wraps.
Sustainable sustenance
the green movement can be found everywhere you turn, and weddings are no exception. To create an environmentally friendly reception menu, look for caterers that source local or use only organic products.

Another clever way to reduce your carbon footprint in one meal? “Go utensil-less,” suggests Perfect Wedding Guide expert Susan Southerland. Serving finger foods “eliminates the need for knives and forks,” which helps with water conservation (fewer dishes to wash!).

Ethnic entrees
International foods are a big hit at today’s receptions. Wedding catering services are spicing up reception standards like poultry and beef by infusing them with Pacific Rim and Mediterranean recipes. Not only are some international cuisines generally less expensive to prepare, guests will be impressed by nibbling on exotic sounding foods like ginger garlic prawns or beef samosas with mango chutney.

Bar none
“For some, it’s all about the top shelf bar,” says Amanda Gall, Social Sales Manager for Bold American Events & Catering in Atlanta. If your reception budget allows for only one really big wedding catering splurge, Gall suggests “spending more on the bar area and creating fun, eclectic ...

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Serving a Wedding Reception Meal

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Planning what to serve for your wedding reception meal may feel like one of the most stressful items on your to-do list, simply because there are so many important details to cover. Formal or causal setting, the size of your budget, and finalizing the guest list are typically the key wedding planning considerations when it comes to your wedding reception meal. But, there are a few other details that require your attention as well.

Choosing the Appropriate Time to Serve Your Reception Meal
The budget is set; the guest list has been confirmed. The next item on your list is to determine the time of day to have your wedding reception. Time of day is a critical factor in serving your meal, since you’ll want to choose dishes that are tasty, as well as appropriate for your wedding reception setting.

Early morning wedding reception meals offer a variety of breakfast and brunch dishes. Traditional morning cuisine can include items such as pastries, assorted fruits and cheeses, and even made-to-order treats like omelets and waffles. Morning receptions can be adjusted to complement a formal or casual dining setting.

Afternoon or midday
Just as a morning reception meal can serve a wide variety of dishes, afternoon reception meals provide that same flexibility with meal options. Wedding guests can enjoy formal, seated meals with a number of courses, or casual lunch dishes with smaller plates and hors d’oeuvres.

Traditionally, evening wedding receptions are reserved for more formal settings—replete with place cards, multiple courses and alcoholic beverages. Depending on your serving style, dinner receptions can also be the most expensive, as couples normally pay per guest and any standard fees associated with bar service.

Selecting a Serving Style
After you’ve selected the time of day, the next step is to meet with your caterer to discuss a serving style and menu for the wedding reception meal. Remember, your serving style should reflect the atmosphere of your wedding reception site and fit within the theme of your wedding.

Buffets and Food Stations
Your guests will enjoy the creative presentation, ease of self-service and the assortment of delicious dishes that buffets and food stations provide. They are also a great way to add elements from your personality into the meal. For instance, if you’re a couple that loves sweets, have ice cream bars for guests to make sundaes with their favorite toppings. Even as buffets and food stations are a fun, less formal option to the wedding reception meal, caterers will require a head count from your guest list to gauge an accurate amount of food to prepare. Unfortunately, they will sometimes overestimate—leaving you a tab reflecting items left unconsumed.

Table Service
For a more formal wedding reception , table service with a full wait staff is the way to go. Traditional table service includes a cocktai...

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Wedding Reception Bar Etiquette: Terms to Know

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When it comes to wedding catering , a major consideration is what beverages to serve. Unless everyone you know are non-drinkers, many of your guests will expect you to have a bar setup that serves alcoholic beverages of some sort. But what you serve and how you will serve it depends on your knowledge of wedding reception bar etiquette. Some of these factors include the time of day, number of guests, regulations imposed by the site and, of course, your own preferences.

A good source of etiquette will be your caterers. With their experience and market knowledge, they should be able to guide you to the needed information. But the decision rests with you, and it could be an expensive one. Here are some of the wedding catering terms you need to know before you commit to serving alcoholic beverages at your reception:

1. Beverage Stations: Growing in popularity, these are similar to food stations. Each features a specific beverage theme — a martini bar, tropical drinks like margaritas and pina coladas, and a sparkling wine-tasting bar.

2. Champagne Reception: This type of reception spotlights champagne as the only alcohol-based beverage served. The term "champagne" refers to sparkling wine produced in France’s Champagne region. Although many other places produce sparkling wines, they must use another name under an international agreement. Some American sparkling wines also are marketed as champagne.

When calculating how much champagne to order from your wedding catering service, allow four glasses per standard bottle. For a toast, figure one glass per person. For cocktails, you may need two. One-half bottle per guest is usually sufficient for most receptions unless you expect a series of formal toasts or if your event is very lengthy.

3. Corkage Fee: This is a fee per bottle to open and serve liquor you bring to your reception site. Most of the time only restaurants will have corking fees. Other venues will require you to use their wine.

4. Consumption Bar: At this type of reception, your wedding catering bartenders keep a running tab of drinks served and total the cost per drink. You pay for each drink consumed, and, depending on the tastes of your guests, your cost could be high.

5. Mixed Drinks: Everything from a cosmopolitan to a Bahama mama, mixed drinks are made from combinations of liquor, juices, and waters. They include such drinks as martinis and manhattans. They cost considerably more per drink than most wine or champagnes.

6. Open Bar: At an open bar, your guests can have whatever drinks, and as many as they want, relatively speaking. You pay a flat rate per person for a certain period of time.

7. Poured Drinks: Simple drinks that aren’t mixed, shaken or stirred. For example, vodka on the rocks would be a poured drink.

8. Premium Brands: Well-known or top-quality brands of liquors, imported or vintage label beers and wines. These are among your most expensive options.

9. Table Service: wedding caterin...

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