One of the major expenses when planning your wedding is the food cost. Many couples are not pleasantly surprised after the chat with a planner or caterer and get realistic figures. However, there are ways to cut the costs for food and still have an amazing wedding!
- Cocktail reception – A variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres and creative cocktails can often do the trick. Along with tray-passed hors d’ouevres, try having a variety of food stations to really add some excitement. You save the cost of a full, formal meal but your guests still get a taste of some fine food and drink. Seal in the vibe even further with lounge seating (bar tables, comfy couches and the like) instead of the usual tables.
- Afternoon tea – For a low-key, but elegant affair have an early afternoon wedding followed by a tea reception. Seat everyone at tables and offer a variety of loose-leaf teas with platters of scones, finger sandwiches, biscuits and more. Some wine or champagne wouldn’t hurt either (no need for a full bar). Set the scene even further with a pianist or harpist playing soft tunes in the background.
- Breakfast or brunch – Morning meals are typically less expensive than dinner and, because people tend to drink less in the morning, you also save bar costs. Have a morning ceremony followed by a wedding breakfast. You can certainly do a sit-down meal, but I love having fun with stations – omelets, bagels, waffles and so much more. And, of course, mimosa or Bloody Mary bars are always a hit. Just bear in mind that it will likely be difficult to entice the crowd to dance early in the day.
- Dessert reception – Go this route if you’re willing to start your wedding at 7 p.m. or later (you don’t want hangry guests!). You can get creative with crepes, ice cream sundaes, a variety of coffees and, of course, cake. Champagne, dessert wine or other libations might even get your guests up and dancing.
No matter what route you decide your guest will be thrilled to celebrate this once in a lifetime moment with you.