Looking To Save Money On Your Wedding Catering? Three Tips That Can Help To Decrease Your Expenses

Posted on: 10 December 2017

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of overspending on their wedding and starting married life off in debt. Your wedding can be just as memorable for you and enjoyable for guests if you stick to a budget. If you are looking to save money on your wedding catering, comparing prices is not the only way to save money. Here are three tips that can help you to decrease your food costs:

Have a Morning or Afternoon Wedding

One of the ways that you can save money on your wedding catering is to have a morning or afternoon wedding. This allows you to serve breakfast or lunch offerings at the reception, which are typically much lower in price than dinner offerings. Many couples are opting for morning or afternoon weddings because wedding venues, reception halls, and caterers can be cheaper. If you are on a tight budget, a morning or afternoon wedding may allow you to have the wedding of your dreams within your limited budget. 

Use In-Season Foods

Another tip to help you save on your wedding catering costs is to use in-season foods. This includes fruits and vegetables that are priced reasonably during the season you are having your wedding during, as well as fish and meats. For example, if you are having your wedding in the fall, turkey is often very reasonable, whereas it may be priced much higher in the spring. Crab season begins in Mid-November and runs through late spring, so you can get great prices on crab during this time, but will pay more during the off-season. Always plan your menu around what is in-season to get the best prices. 

Streamline What You Offer

The last tip to help you save on wedding catering expenses is to streamline what you offer. These days, it seems like people want to offer a wide array of foods. Unfortunately, offering all of this food adds up quickly. For example, when it comes to dessert, a dessert bar that offers cake, cupcakes, eclairs, pastries, and candy can add up fast. Instead, buy one large cake and serve that. It will keep costs low. Likewise, for appetizers, stick to just a few small items that most guests will enjoy. This allows you a caterer to buy items in bulk and reduces the amount of preparation involved, both of which can help you to save money. 

When you are looking for wedding catering, sit down with a caterer and tell them what your budget is. Many can work within a reasonable budget and help you determine how to maximize that budget while also serving up delicious food that your guests will enjoy.