When it comes to the catering there are three main wedding options; drinks and canapés, a seated buffet or a formal sit-down meal.
Whichever you decide is the most suitable for you, chances are the venue that is doing the catering will have a set package with a price per head.
And don’t be surprised if the catering bill is one of the biggest expenses.
The best advice is to try the food first yourself.
Some venues won’t have in-house catering so you may have to choose from a recommended supplier. There are tons of caterers out there, so be sure to try a few.
Spotting a great caterer is easier than you may think. Not only will they make delicious food, but they will also take special care in the way the food looks on the plate, check the temperature at which is it presented, and suggest choices of wine to accompany the meal.
They will supervise the manner in which the servers present the dishes and see that no server is responsible for too many tables. These may seem like small things, but they do make a difference.
Don’t be afraid to ask the caterer how much he deals with these details. It is the mark of a high-quality caterer that he will take all of these things into account.
Many couples today love the idea of spoon-fed hors d’oeuvres, as they offer a clean and classy way to nibble, without the worry of food falling on your clothes.
If you’re on a budget and this all seems a little extravagant, then there are ways of cutting costs. You can opt for a wedding brunch or luncheon reception instead of dinner, as this is typically much more expensive.
Some people prefer to skip the full meal and celebrate with tasty refreshments instead – like afternoon tea or a late afternoon/early-evening cocktail reception. If, however, a seated meal is part of your dream wedding, but you just don’t have the funds, then cut back the number of courses.
When it comes to food remember our tastes have changed. A good, hearty meal goes down a treat with guests, so keep it simple and order an inexpensive kids’ menu for the children, because chances are they’d much rather have a chicken nuggets than caviar anyway.
Drink is a whole different area.
Some venues allow you to bring your own alcohol, which can save money, but most will charge a corkage fee.
Remember the style of food you choose will influence your choice of drink.
Some people prefer to pay per consumption, which means you’re charged only for the alcohol your guests imbibe. This is an economical option if your guests aren’t big drinkers.
However, if your family and friends enjoy a drink or ten, opt for an open bar. Finding a venue that charges an hourly fee per guest rather than per drink is the best option here.