Sating the hunger and quenching the thirst of your wedding guests will account for approximately 50% of your total wedding budget. If you’re looking to save money on your wedding, the food and drink budget is a good place to begin.
Often the best way to save money on the wedding meal is to change up the traditional format of a wedding. The further away from the “evening sit-down dinner and open bar” formula you move, the more chances there are for you to have savings.
Here are some of our favourite ideas for saving on your wedding food and drinks budget.
1. Change the time
Instead of serving dinner, why not consider a lunch, afternoon tea or even breakfast reception? Catering prices will be much cheaper, so will venue hire, and you won’t have to worry about providing an endless open bar, as most people won’t be drinking as much as they might in the evening.
See my article on planning a tea party wedding reception for more ideas on food for afternoon weddings.