Planning a memorable wedding reception can be a daunting task; especially if you’re on a tight budget. Presented below are some affordable catering ideas to ditch the traditional wedding catering, while still pleasing your guests.
Sit-Down Meals at Wedding Receptions
If you like the idea of a traditional sit-down event but are affected by the price, you should consider having your formal reception at noon. A lunch reception would be relatively cheaper than dinner and you won’t lose any of the decorum associated with a sit down event. Another possible alternative would be a tea party, with all the usual — delicious tea sandwiches, scones, macarons and desserts.You can also celebrate by toasting to some champagne before serving tea and cutting a traditional wedding cake.
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Buffet for Wedding Reception
Buffets are generally thought of as a less expensive dinner option, but some buffets cost as much as a traditional sit-down dinner — if not more. Just like the sit-down option, one could save money on the venue and the menu by having the buffet reception at lunch time.
Another idea would be to have comfort food catered by your favourite local restaurant and catering buffet style at your wedding reception. There are also a lot of different buffet options available that are more price efficient . For example one could opt for a dessert-only buffet planned for the middle of the afternoon or a brunch buffet that starts at 11:00 AM.
Cocktail (or Finger Food) for Wedding Reception
Another great option is to host a cocktail party for the reception with lots of amazing hors d’oeuvres served on classic silver trays. Cocktail receptions are best held after 8:00 PM. Since it’s mostly finger foods, guests should be expected to have an early dinner before arriving to your event.
For a slightly modern aesthetic one could even place high tables and stools; or even recreate a lounge-type vibe with multiple sofas and coffee tables.
Family-Catered Food Ideas for Wedding Reception
We know that professional catering may not be viable option for everyone, here are some options that can be put together with the help of friends and family. One can plan a picnic themed reception at a park; or have a gourmet potluck buffet. Let’s not leave out the option of a backyard BBQ or a budget-friendly pizza and salad combination only to be topped off with a delicious homemade cake.
Beverage Wedding Reception Food Ideas
While the wedding food is an expensive proposition, so are the wedding beverages.If you do not have the budget for an open bar, you can always offer a limited bar (wine and beer only), a cash bar, or a dry bar option, where no alcohol is served.Your Wedding, Your Way
In conclusion,It is important to establish event expectations prior to the reception. One can always include a small note in the invitation informing your guests about event specifics. Staying true to your budget and being confident in your reception choices is equally important. If you enjoy yourself so will your guests. It’s as simple as that!