Wedding is surely the best occasion to celebrate, but it doesn’t mean that you need to pay through your nose! It is not very easy to plan a wedding buffet (or a la carte for that matter) party… You’ll have to spend days together planning and arranging for the great day in addition to investing whole lot of money. Among the priciest expenses is of course the reception food. Anyone would definitely want to cut down the food costs as much as possible, especially if they are on a tight budget. So, what can be done to bring down the expenditures?
Even if budget isn’t a big constraint for you, these tips will help you in saving considerable amount of money.
1. Make Your Own Catering Arrangements
Firstly, if you are planning for the reception at a conference venue or a hotel, they usually do not let you hire the place without opting for one of the catering choices they offer. These can highly expensive when compared to what it costs when you look for options outside. So, always rent a place where you have the liberty of choosing catering according to your interests.
2. Avoid Dinner Party If You Can
The next important tip is the time at which you have planned for the wedding. See to it that you plan the wedding during the morning since this can avoid the requirement to cater to heavy meals for dinner. Normally, there are more expectations for multi-course meals at dinner time. This is a great way to save on cash.
3. Substitute Dishes that Require You to Pay a Premium Price
If a caterer suggests a mouth-watering dish at a premium price, try to get it substituted with cheaper ingredients. For instance, check if they can make use of tenderloin medallions instead of filet mignon. Also, beware of ingredients that are out of season since they can be expensive and substitute with in-season ingredients to reduce the cost.
4. Limit the Choices to a Decent Margin
Limit the meal options since your bill can be higher with more choices on the menu. Instead of giving the guests an option between fish, meat, and chicken, you decide on any one reasonable priced choice to serve everyone. You can arrange for a vegetarian meal for the vegan guests too, because it doesn’t cost too much extra.
5. Avoid Holiday Season and Weekend Rush
Don’t plan for a wedding during the holiday season or the weekends as the caterers will be in high demand during these times and they’ll also charge more due to the demand. Select a wedding date when the caterers are not likely to get other jobs. This way, you’ll also have more choices to select from since most of the caterers will be free. You can opt for affordable ones.
6. Permit a culinary school to prepare the food
Since culinary schools usually give great discount offers, this is a great way to save on cash. They will also have lots of creative ideas- you just have to work closely with them to enjoy the perfect wedding food.
7. Don’t Keep an Open Bar
Finally, avoid alcohol since having an open bar can add several hundreds of dollars to your budget. Though most of them would like to drink during the wedding, this can turn out to be highly expensive. You can rather arrange 1 drink per guest to avoid the additional cost.
Following these tips can assist you to save money to a great extent on wedding party budget. With the food budget issue sorted out, you can make use the funds for the other crucial aspects of your wedding like the cake, flowers, photographers, dresses, décor etc.
Author Bio – Katie is a wedding planner who takes care of all the party arrangement right from catering to wedding venues. She has been in the business for last 6 years, and often shares handy tips with others through her personal blog, and guest posts on the other top wedding planning blogs.