Planning your wedding day can be quite a daunting task. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the things that you have to be thinking about. In your wedding reception, you will have to think about the food that your wedding caterers will be serving to your guests and how to set the venue. One of the most important things that you will have to consider will be your budget. Many people would always try to have the best wedding they can while staying within a certain budget.
If you are struggling to plan your wedding reception and catering around a budget, you are not alone. To help you out, here are tips that you can follow so as to stay within an affordable range with your wedding catering.
- Moderate the drinks – Unless you plan on having a fully stocked open bar, moderating the drinks is a great way to cut the costs. You may want to skip serving the hard stuff and just serve some beer, wine, and some champagne.
- Limit to serving two or three courses – After going through the hors d’oeuvres, serving a three course meal may prove to be a little much for your wedding guests. Note that people don’t even order that much food when eating out. So when discussing the courses with your wedding caterer, consider limiting them.
- Limit your hors d’oeuvres – Wedding caterers may offer you many appetizers to serve during your wedding but this can make the costs go up. So when planning the prepared appetizers to be offered during cocktail hour, consider serving a maximum of just three.
- Forgo the passed appetizers – Having a waiter pass around appetizers isn’t something you really need. Other than saving on preparation and costs, guests don’t really want to wait for a waiter to come by serving appetizers.
- Stay with the basics – There are a number of items on the menu that can easily jack up the costs. Consider forgoing the options that are expensive such as lobster, caviar, filet mignon, truffles, etc. If you want to serve these, consider doing so sparingly and in your appetizers.
- Go easy on the choices – Having complicated dishes can cost time to prepare and thus bringing up your bill. Consider going for dishes that are simple but just as delicious. You do not really need to provide a long list of dinner option to serve your wedding guests.
- Serve your own wine – There are wedding caterers that allow you to not go for the wine that they serve. If you can find a supplier who can provide you with wine and spirits go for it; and having one with as buyback policy where they buy back unopened bottles is a big plus.
- Pick ingredients that are local and in season – When it comes to the food that you serve, the ingredients are very important. Consider choosing dishes that have ingredients that can be sourced locally and are in season making meals more delicious and less expensive.