The food is typically one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, so learning how to save in that area can be extremely helpful. When planning your beautiful beach wedding, use the following tips to help you save money on your beach wedding meal.
Plan Your Reception between Meals
One great way to save money on your wedding meal is to plan your reception between meals. If your reception is at 2pm, it’s between lunch and dinner, so guests aren’t going to be as hungry as they might be if your reception takes place at noon. So, during these between times, you can get away with smaller meals: brunch, tea, etc.
Serve Family-Style Meals
Rather than having your guests “served” dinner, serve it family-style. Larger dishes at each table that guests can serve themselves from is more cost-efficient than having each guest served individually.
Consider Your Food Options
Think about what you’d like to serve and opt for foods that are more filling, but cost less. For instance, rather than serving steak to each guest, serve chicken and add foods that are known for being filling: rice, potatoes, etc. Your meals can be just as elegant, but it will end up costing less.
Add a Meal that Fits Your Theme
Serve meals that fit your theme and allow you to save money. For instance, for a beautiful fall evening wedding, serve chili. Offer an “extras” bar where guests can add shredded cheddar, chopped green onions, oyster crackers, jalapenos, Fritos, bacon, etc.
Rather than having an open bar, go with a signature cocktail. Or, offer bottled beer and ice it down in large containers so guests can grab it themselves. This will help save money but still provide the beverages your guests want.
Using these tips can help you save money on your beach wedding food without compromising the quality.