You're getting married and you're excited, but when those costs add up, you can really start to stress out. With the average wedding setting your back at least $31,368, and catering costing in excess of $9,100, is there a way for you to bring down your overall costs and still have the reception of your dreams? Some frugal ideas can still help you plan a spectacular wedding reception menu – even when you're on a tight budget.
Give The Menu Local And Seasonal Flavour
Foods that are sourced locally and in season tend to be cheaper than imported and out of season foods that need to be brought in from elsewhere. This can help put the dollars back in your pocket while allowing your wedding caterer to serve the freshest ingredients. When you source and serve local food for the wedding, you know exactly where it is coming from and how fresh it is. For example, fruits like blackberries and blueberries are in season during summers, so a delicious berry platter will add a lot of freshness to your wedding catering menu without costing you a fortune. When planning your menu with your caterer, get advice on what fruits and vegetables are in season to keep food costs in check.
Choose Meat Dishes Based On Prices At The Time
Sometimes meat prices can change in different seasons, so it's best to find out your most economical options while planning the menu with your caterer. Like fresh produce, meat production is also seasonal and can depend on factors like weather, international trading and much more. For example, the price of lamb has recently skyrocketed, thanks to overseas demand. It's important to stay flexible and plan your menu around locally sourced meats that are lower in cost during the time of your wedding.
Reduce The Number Of Courses You Serve
You don't have to be extravagant and serve a 6-course meal when you're looking to keep your costs lower. A standard 3-course meal consisting of an appetizer, an entree and a dessert will be just as delicious if you plan your ingredients well and choose the freshest options. Your caterer may be able to recommend some other ideas for courses to ensure you don't end up overspending. You may want to keep your own budget in mind before meeting the caterer to see if you can work out the courses within it.
You don't have to plan an elaborate wedding menu. It just needs to be smart – let these ideas help you stay in budget.