Smart ways to save money on wedding catering
Are you getting married? Then you may be overwhelmed with organising the wedding. You are not the only one who is terrified that you will have to spend more than half of your budget to pay the catering bill. You should not worry anymore, because there are so many ways to save money. You can choose an off-peak season to have the wedding, you can cut down the guest list, and you can even opt for a breakfast reception. You may not know what to choose between offering delicious meals and dessert and serving the dishes in exquisite china ware. Who says that you cannot offer your guests the best dining experience they had on a wedding and save money the same time? Here are some smart ways to create an affordable and memorable menu.
A buffet could help you save money
The majority of people have the misconception that guests will associate wedding buffets with high school lunches. Well, you have to be realistic. If you want to have money to plan your honeymoon, then you should opt for a buffet, because it is one of the best ways to save money on a wedding.
Edit the menu
A great way to trim the costs of the menu is to edit the dishes and beverage you choose to serve. Yorkshire Catering Company suggests limiting the bar menu to a determined number of cocktails, beer types, and wines. And just because it is a wedding, it does not mean you have to serve a traditional menu. You decide what you want to serve, because it is your big day. If you have a morning wedding, then it is a great idea to have a brunch. If you want to have a wedding reception then you should add to the menu hors d’oeuvres and dessert. As long as you do not have the reception at a dinner time of the day you do not have to serve a traditional meal.
Select seasonal foods
You already know that if you want to save money on flower arrangements, then you have to opt for seasonal flowers. Serve seasonal foods and you will save money on your wedding catering. For example, if you serve asparagus during summer it will cost £17, but if you add it to the menu during winter, it will cost £31. The cost of heirloom tomatoes is double during winter. Depending on the location of your wedding the price for different types of food may vary. It is recommended to use seasonal foods not only because it is a cost-effective solution, but also because that is the moment when they are at their best taste.
Cook the sweets for the dessert bar
If you love sweets then it is a great idea to make the dessert by yourself. One amazing idea would be to ask your friends and relatives to bake cookies to help you organise the buffet. It will help you save money and your guests will enjoy a variety of sweets. You can turn the dessert bar sweets into wedding favours. You only have to place small bags close to the bar so people can place the cookies they want to take home at the end of the night.