Let’s face it, planning a wedding and wedding catering can be very taxing on the wallet.
Most people do not realize exactly how much money it costs to put a wedding together.
One of the biggest financial factors to consider when planning the wedding would be the catering for the reception. More and more couples are opting to do their own catering to help cut down on the cost of wedding.
This allows them to focus more on other things, to make their wedding event more enjoyable for all.
Perhaps they take the extra money and use it towards their honeymoon and they can also give little trinkets to their guests that they can enjoy for a long period of time.
Outdoor Wedding Catering
There are many different ways you can go with your wedding catering plans for your own wedding. If you’re having your reception as an outdoor event, then you can opt to do a barbecue reception where you can lay out the tables in a buffet style and have people bring a covered dish.
All you have to do is cook the main course. When cooking on a grill, you have so many options of foods that you can use. Local supermarkets usually run specials on grilling meats, especially if you buy in bulk.
Keep in mind that no matter what type of menu you choose, if you’re going to be outdoors for your wedding, the heat can play a big factor in what types of foods you serve.
If your reception is to be out in the open and it is a warm season, you want to be sure to help protect the food that you have put out for people. You may not want to serve certain dishes that are required to be kept warm throughout the meal so that you can eliminate the need to bring in extra ovens or heating lamps to help keep the food warm until it is served.
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Rope In friends and family
If you are really crafty you can choose to make your own dishes as part of your wedding catering. This can be extra special as it adds a certain flair to the meal that you’re preparing for your guests.
You can even enlist other members of your family as well as friends to help with preparing meals for the reception. This is a good time to utilize your time with your wedding party. After all your wedding party is there to help you prepare the most important day of your life and I would rather trust my friends to do a good job for me than paid staff.
As a thank you, you could always arrange a little celebration get together for your helpers after the honeymoon.
You can choose to go with a buffet style meal so you don’t have to worry about paying servers to serve the meals to the guests at each table. You can simply have the DJ announce what tables are up to go to the buffet and get their plates of food.