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5 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Catering

Posted by Kim on Oct 04, 2013

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Sure, your wedding guests are there to see you get married, but they’re also there to celebrate, dance – and eat! One of the biggest expenses of your wedding day will be the catering, so it’s important to set a budget and do your best to stick to it. Here are our top tips on saving money on food and drink.

Choose Hors D’oeuvres Carefully - Cocktail hour is usually held after the ceremony. Guest s will likely be at their hungriest, so while it’s important for food to be plentiful, there’s no need to go overboard with the hors d’oeuvres. We recommend making sure there are at least 5 bites per person, spread out among several different offerings, some passed, some stations. Guests tend to eat more food that’s offered on stationary platters as opposed to passed by servers on trays, so try to serve your most expensive items, like seafood, as passed hors d’oeuvres.  Less expensive foods, like fruit, veggies, and cheese, can be served on stationary platters.

Think About the Bar - Alcohol can be a major budget-buster. If your venue allows you to buy your own alcohol, that can be a great way to save money. You can also skip serving hard alcohol, and just serve wine and beer, or as a compromise serve wine, beer, and a signature drink featuring hard alcohol.

Buffet vs. Sit-Down – or Family Style - It’s common knowledge that serving food buffet style costs less than a sit-down dinner. Depending on the type of food you serve, buffets can get pretty pricey, as guests will eat more and the food needs to be constantly replenished. However, a sit-down dinner is quite labor intensive, as you’ll need enough people in the kitchen and as waitstaff. A good compromise can be to serve dinner family style. Large platters of food will be presented to each table, and everyone can serve themselves. We love the casual feel of this serving style, and it’s very budget-friendly!

Keep It Simple –  When it comes to your wedding cake, don’t go overboard with size or decorations. A simple cake will be the most cost-effective. If you’re having a lot of guests, you can ask your baker to create a small decorated wedding cake, but also have a larger sheet cake on hand to serve.

Serve Brunch - Forget serving dinner, brunch is the most budget friendly meal of the day! For the most part, the food is relatively inexpensive and you don’t need to serve alcohol. And how delicious does a pancake wedding cake sound? Yum!

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Washington State Wedding at Pickering Barn

Posted by Jeffra on Nov 07, 2011

Diannie & Chantha

July 2011

Pickering Barn – Issaquah, WA

From the Photographer: “The couple met while attending WWU through mutual friends. They had a traditional american wedding and a week before their wedding had a traditional Asian wedding. They wanted to make their wedding kid friendly and added treats and cupcakes in jars. Almost everything was done by Diannie and her friends/family.” - Courtney Bowlden Photographer

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From the Bride - 

What they splurged on: Food, Wedding Attire.

What they saved on:  Having Friends Help, A Digital Save the Date (sent people to their Wedding Website via email, mobile, and social media), DIY Projects.


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Vendors
Photographer:  Courtney Bowlden Photographer | Event Venue:  Pickering Barn | Flowers & Decorations: Bride & Family | Wedding Cake: Mike’s Amazing Cakes | Caterer: Larry’s Smokehouse | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang White Collection at David’s Bridal

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