Food is an important part of any party, particularly a wedding day. After all, no couple wants guests that are too hangry to hit the dance floor, or to hear yawning and clinking of empty cups throughout the wedding toasts. Fortunately, it is possible to plan a wonderful wedding reception without breaking the bank. Here are a few ways to save on catering costs, without sacrificing taste in the process.
Shop Seasonally and Enjoy Great Flavor and Savings!
One of the simplest and smartest ways to save money on your reception catering is by choosing to focus on seasonal and local ingredients. Not only are these more affordable for your caterer to purchase, but they’ll also be at their peak flavor, which means the food will taste great!
Marrying in the fall? Highlight apples and root vegetables, in both your savory and dessert dishes. Going to wed in the spring or summer? Look to fresh berries, and other seasonal favorites for inspiration.
Guests Would Choose Great Flavor Over Fussy Dishes Any Day
Another thing to keep in mind when planning your wedding is that most guests would pick flavorful dishes over super fancy, even fussy, ones any day. So rather than serving caviar, lobster and the like, go with simpler meals that will prove both comforting and cost-saving.
For instance, offer up fanciful sliders instead of steak, or fish tacos instead of salmon!
Order What You Need, with Room for Error
Too little food can leave guests feeling hungry, but too much food can put a dent in your budget and cause waste at the end of the wedding reception. This is, of course, why RSVP’s exist. Just make sure you are open to suggestions about creating a comfortable margin of error, that can help to cover you if anyone brings an unexpected guest or goes back for seconds maybe one too many times.
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