Tips To Save Money On Your Wedding Reception Food

You're getting married and the list of things to do is long and never-ending. However, one thing that may not be never-ending is your budget, and one of the most costly parts of your wedding will be the reception food and beverages. You don't want to end up starting your marriage in debt, so with a little planning and a lot of creativity, you can throw a reception on a budget. Here are some tips for you to do just that. 

Don't Do-It-Yourself 

When it comes to wedding food, your guests will expect a catered meal. If you are having a more casual affair, such as an outdoor picnic, doing-it-yourself may be fine. But doing-it-yourself can also be a major sources of stress for you, as you still need to consider how you will keep the food warm, and who will serve the food. There are ways to have your wedding catered and still save a significant amount of money. 

Skip the Meal

When you have your wedding in the late afternoon, you'll have to serve dinner. There are many other options for you, such as a morning wedding followed by coffee, pastries and champagne. You could also have a mid-afternoon party serving hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and cake. A wedding later in the evening makes a great opportunity for a dessert bar.  If you insist on a meal, consider an early afternoon reception where you can serve brunch or lunch. 

Your Buffet 

Many times, people think that having a buffet is less expensive than a plated meal. That is not always the case. There is still the same waitstaff needed for a buffet, and depending on the food you serve, sometimes can cost more than a plated meal. There are many great choices for a buffet that make it inexpensive, such as pasta dishes, baked chicken, and a variety of different salads. 

Consider a Dry Reception

While this may be easier said than done, cocktails, beer and wine can certainly add up when it comes to your wedding reception. So you can consider a dry reception, or you can choose one signature cocktail, perhaps one that is a favorite of yours and your future spouse. Or consider a cash bar. While many guests don't expect to pay for their drinks at weddings, many people understand that money can be tight for some. Another idea is to serve a few types of punch, some non-alcoholic. Get creative.