Cost to hire a Buffet Event Caterer on Bidvine

£20 - £20

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£20 - £20  National average range
£20 - £20



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How much does buffet event catering cost?

Sep 05, 2018

Planning a big event requires the right amount of attention to every detail. And when it comes to your meal, attention to detail is even more important! Catering can help you ensure this part of the event goes on perfectly.

The cost of a catered meal will depend on the type of plans you have for the meal itself, the number of guests, and other additional factors. To help you start planning your budget we explore the top considerations you need to take into account when hiring a buffet event caterer.


The decisions that go into planning your event’s meal can influence how much your event will cost to host. When you communicate the event type, preferred cuisine, and what type of meal you are catering, you are going to get the best and most accurately detailed cost information.

Type of Event

A meal can make any event more delightful for your guests, and it doesn’t have to be difficult to plan. An anniversary dinner can be a great way to celebrate with friends and family in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. It can also make a birthday gathering feel even more special, whether it’s a formal sit-down or a more casual standing meal.

Many corporate events include meals as well. It’s a great way to say thank you to those who attend and make sure your event is one to remember. Whether it’s a breakfast meeting or lunch at a workshop, a catered meal at your corporate event can enrich the experience for all those involved. 

Providing a meal at a baby shower can also make the event more fun for all those involved!

Type of Cuisine

To make your event perfect, you will want some say in the type of cuisine that is served. Whether you fancy a traditional British feast or the decadent tastes of French dishes, you can get the right meal for your event. Perhaps you want to offer a wide selection of Italian pasta and pizzas.

If spice is on order, why not choose a mix of Indian dishes that are created to suit a crowd? Or perhaps you want to explore your favourite Chinese food. Japanese cuisine is also a great choice that is sure to please. 

Keep in mind that the type of food you select may influence the cost. Ask your event caterer for more information as prices can fluctuate according to the base cost of food. For example, some spices or meats like fish can vary in price so this will affect your quote.

Type of Meal

Most caterers will need to know whether you require breakfast, lunch, or dinner in addition to the type of cuisine you wish to serve. It’s important to communicate when your event is happening to be sure your meal options are offered accordingly. After all, you won’t want to have a three-course meal for a corporate breakfast!

There are a few standards that may be on offer, such as pastries for breakfast or sandwiches for lunch. Dinners tend to involve a warm meal that may be served to your guests or offered as a buffet. This is not a rule, of course! You can choose the right selection of foods at any time of day to make your guests happy.

Once you’ve chosen the type of cuisine, you can explore the different options for each time of day with your caterer. Working with your caterer to create the perfect meal is sure to give you a wonderful experience, no matter what time of day you are running your event. It also ensures that all of the details are lined up to be delivered on time.


Hiring a caterer is usually based on the time you need them, so you will want to have this information when you start your search! It’s also important to start your search well in advance of your event for the best results, and to keep your event planning stress-free.

Most events will require a caterer’s help for at least several hours. This includes time to cook, serve, and clean up afterwards. Some meals will require more preparation, others more time to serve in a buffet or to the guests.

Depending on the type of cuisine being served, your caterer may need to arrive early to prepare the food. Some meals may be able to be prepared beforehand, but others will be cooked onsite. So you may need to include information about the type of meal and the expected menu to ensure you have enough time.

Caterer’s Experience

Make sure to find a caterer with experience to handle your event. This way, you will know that they can handle each step required to make your meal a success. This can include setting up, cooking and serving, and cleaning up the food after the event is over.

Check out the caterer’s experience on their Bidvine profile. They may share details of events they have handled such as the size or type, to help you make your decision on whether they will be a good fit. You can also read reviews from people who have worked with the catering service. This will give you even more information that you can use to make the right choice. If someone says they loved the service they received, chances are you will love them too!


You’ll also want to consider your event’s location when selecting a caterer. If you are holding your event in the city, look for someone local. They will have the connections and suppliers needed to pull the event together. While you can choose a caterer in another location, they will have to travel to your event location. This can add travel costs to your total so it is something to keep in mind.

The rates will be set according to the caterer’s location, so costs may be higher or lower in some locations depending on the cost of living. It can be helpful to work with someone close to the venue of your event to ensure the best fit for your budget.   

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You will want your catered meal to pull your event together and make it one to remember. With the right decisions about the type of food you serve, your meal will be the talk of the morning, noon or night — no matter whether it’s a personal event or a corporate one.  

Want some help finding a great caterer to pull your meal together? Bidvine can help! Just answer a few questions about the event and your plans for the meal when you submit a free request to get bids from top caterers!

Buffet Event Caterers near you


Peter Bruzda

(18 reviews)

52 hires on Bidvine

Roehampton, South West London SW15 5LE

S L.Verified Review

Peter and staff did a great job and kept me updated. Peter is very friendly and will go to great lengths to accommodate me and his helpers were very nice too and they work very very fast for reasonable prices jobs! I will use Peter's expertise business again in future as he is also a very reasonable guy. His helpers are great people too who are doing the work fast and with a happy attitude.


April's Cleaning Services

(7 reviews)

17 hires on Bidvine

Blackheath, West Midlands B32 1SF

Ciara P.Verified Review

If it was possible to give more then 5 stars I would!!!! I've never had my house look as clean as it does right now! April is professional, knowledgeable but most of all really nice. My house looks spotless and April went above and beyond even cleaning my curtains by hand because my washing machines was broken!!! . Would recommend to anyone looking for a domestic cleaning service!


Andrews Catering

(5 reviews)

Hornchurch, East London RM12 4BL

Nicky M.

Thank you for your wonderful help and amazing food at our event. The buffet went down extremely well, with plenty compliments, and support helped make the evening run smooth. The result was beyond our expectations! Niki Webb Associates


Cater Express

(4 reviews)

1 hire on Bidvine

Hammersmith, West London W6 9QF

David J.

Cater Express provided food and entertainment for my son's 5th birthday party. They set up an incredible gazebo playhouse in my yard which was filled with toys and games plus face painting. The children had a wonderful time and the kids food was so creative and tasty. End to end party planning and we literally did nothing. Hassle free and highly recommended especially for busy parents. .



(3 reviews)

2 hires on Bidvine

Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 7NJ


Are you planning a major event like a milestone birthday or the wedding of your dreams and need assistance with organising it? Based in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Paul Walsh Enterprises offers a complete party, event and wedding planning service that includes everything from the entertainment to the entire décor. With 26 years of experience producing a range of events, we ensure a flawless process and spectacular results. We aim to take away the hassle of planning and designing and guarantee to satisfy all your needs right down to the smallest detail. We have worked on corporate as well as private events and with all types of budgets, from small to large. Regardless of the size of your event, we pay the same amount of attention to detail to every single thing and offer a top-quality service that is second to none. If you are stuck for a theme or can’t decide, we can help with that as well. Furthermore, our entertainment department supplies world-class shows for corporate functions, cruise ship entertainment, as well as the casino market. We have direct access to an array of entertainment requests for kids as well as adults. We represent circus, speciality artists, stilt walkers, fire artists, aerial artists, top tribute acts and our own dance company with or without singers. Whether you’re planning a sweet sixteen party, a glorious wedding, or a memorable hen’s night, we will go above and beyond to make certain that every guest has a fabulous time unlike any other. Please get in touch to for the event of your dreams and to discover how we can elevate your event so that you and your guests will have a glorious time of your lives.


JFJ Catering and Hospitality Recruitment Agency

(2 reviews)

4 hires on Bidvine

Walkden, Greater Manchester M38 0FG

Karla R.Verified Review

Pauline was very professional and worked around our hectic family wonderfully. The house was beautiful when she had finished. I cannot recommend her enough.

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