When you are getting married there are a ton of things you have to plan and budget for. One of the biggest expenses is of course the wedding reception food. The more people you have, the more expensive it will be. You also might think you have to serve a three course meal which is highly expensive.
Another thing with the wedding reception food is that you have to usually choose the menu that the venue offers. If you are getting married at a hotel venue you will need to check the cost of the food first. If you don’t have the budget for this, then what do you do? To start with let us take a look at a few of these.
Okay, so you are looking to cut costs a bit. There are a number of ways to get this done. Firstly, you will want to have you wedding during the day, or maybe even in the morning. This way you do not need to cater for heavy meals for dinner. This is a great way to save a bit of cash.
Many people do want to get married at night though because it creates more of a party. The only way to cut the costs then is to hire caterers and do without the hotel reception venue. You might find that hiring a marquee to use and getting a small meal catered is cheaper. You can also choose the type of food you want to serve at these private venues and you can opt for a buffet which is cheaper than a set menu.
Having your wedding at a house or at a local private venue will give you the chance to choose your food. You might want to have a simple lamb on the spit. This is perfect for a beach wedding or a more casual event. If you have a garden wedding or something more elegant you can get little petite snack platter that people can snack from during the evening.
It does not matter where you are getting married, or where you are having your reception, the main thing is that you are save some money on the food. You do not want to over feed your guests; this will just make them over stay their welcome.
Another way to cut costs at any venue is to combine a starter instead of each person getting their own. You can have a platter on each table for the starters. Doing these little things can work well, because you will still have a great time and your guests will still look at it as a three course meal, but you will have saved a load of money.
The type of food will also dictate the costs. If you want to keep it cheap, then you should choose beef or chicken for example instead of some other fancy meat. As long as everyone gets enough to eat and that the food is tasty, that is all that matters.
With your food all sorted out you can use the rest of your budget for the other important parts of your wedding like the flowers, cake, photographers, decor, dresses and other elements. You can create a stunning wedding to be remembered for a long time if you think carefully about how your budget will work with all the different areas you need to cover for your wedding.