One of the largest expenses you have with a wedding is the catering. You want to provide an excellent reception for your guests, but you also need to make sure you stay within your budget. Here are 5 ways to save money on wedding catering.
1. Compare Prices
When it comes to wedding catering, you have lots of options. You don’t have to go with the first one you speak with or use your cousin’s wedding caterer. Make a list of your must-haves and speak to several local caterers, using your list as a guideline. This will help you compare actual costs, rather than have each design a custom menu where many costs can be hidden.
2. Compare Services
Not all caterers provide the same services—or the same level of service. See “what else” the caterer offers. Maison Culinaire offers a full-service wedding planning service that can include rentals of chairs, tables and dance floors, and arrangements for floral arrangement and entertainment, for example. (Check out our “Catering Plus” post for more information.)
3. Be Creative
Wedding caterers, like Maison Culinaire, should want to know what you have in mind for your wedding before they offer our own advice. If you have a small budget, let us know and we can give you several innovative ways to wow your guests. You might want to offer “serve yourself” stations or a festive buffet. Go small with a picnic- or BBQ-type atmosphere. Or instead of a full meal, offer a stunning dessert bar instead.
4. Have an Intimate Gathering
Rather than a big blow-out reception, save money by keeping your celebration intimate. Invite only your nearest and dearest friends and family. The fewer people who attend, the lower the catering costs. Don’t feel pressure to invite people you barely know or relatives you haven’t seen in decades. This is your wedding—you get to choose who to invite. You can spend more on catering extras when you have fewer guests and select higher-priced items you normally wouldn’t be able to afford if you had a large gathering.
5. Provide Part of the Reception Items Yourself
You don’t need to hire people to arrange every part of your wedding. Do-it-yourselfers are excited to save money by creating their own table decorations and wedding favors. Ask your friends to provide entertainment. This personal touch can be quite charming! When you don’t have to worry about paying for these extras, you can spend more on the food and service with your wedding caterer.
Perfect Wedding Catering by Maison Culinaire
Maison Culinaire knows that you want your big day to be memorable. That’s why we specialize in offering creative ways to cater your wedding reception. If you’re concerned about how to save money on wedding catering, talk to us. We’ll ask you your vision then help you to create the wedding of your dreams—within your budget. Since we’ve catered plenty of wedding receptions, we have all kinds of fun ideas for innovative presentations, menus and service styles. We’ll also run through all the extras usually needed for a reception and offer to help arrange those services if needed. It’s part of our complete wedding planning package.
For wedding catering in Maryland, Northern Virginia or Washington, DC, contact Maison Culinaire.
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