Your wedding day is probably an affair you’ve dreamed of your entire life. But when the vows are said, the dancing has been done, and the guests go home, the last thing you want to do is have an enormous amount of debt. You probably want it to be a once in a lifetime experience, but at what cost? The good news is there are ways that you can save money on your wedding menu. You don’t have to spend a fortune for it to taste amazing and entertain a crowd! These are some ways to throw a wedding on a budget and have it just as amazing as if the sky were the limit!

Host a Cocktail Hour

Your guests aren’t coming purely for the food! They want to celebrate your big day with you and are probably not concerned about leaving with a full belly! Hosting a cocktail hour is a great way to lower your food costs, while still making the event just as romantic and elegant! Finger foods can be prepared for a fraction of the cost, but they don’t look any less beautiful. Also a cocktail hour allows your guests to walk around the room, mingle and enjoy a more “festive” vibe!

A Lunch or Brunch Menu

If you are set on a sit-down style wedding feel, then considering hosting your wedding midday. A brunch or lunch menu is going to be less expensive and lighter than a full dinner. If you choose brunch, you can do a buffet style on a much smaller budget than dinner, and if you do lunch, you can substitute prime rib for panini sandwiches. Trust me, your guests will enjoy it just as much!

Create a Unique Menu

One of the easiest ways to cut your food budget is to opt out of having a plated dinner and go for build-your-own bars. The cost of doing a buffet bar versus a plated dinner can be considerable if you choose lower costs foods that are no less delicious. Consider build-your-own bars like:

  • Bruschetta bar
  • Pasta bar
  • Taco bar
  • Mediterranean bar
  • Cajun bar…the possibilities are endless!

Giving people a choice of what they want to eat is also a good way to make sure that no one goes home hungry. At a build-your-own bar people only take what they are going to eat and can load up on those things that they really like. So it is a win for everyone!

You want your wedding to be spectacular, but in my experience, the more you spend, doesn’t always translate into more fun and elegance! If you are having fun, the crowd will too. And what is more fun than waking up the day after your big day without a huge bill and in debt? At Catering by the Deft Chef we understand that budgets are not endless and work with each of our couples to create a wedding menu that goes off without a hitch! Contact us today to start planning your on a budget without sacrificing!

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