The Wedding caterer plays a vital role in ensuring that your special day runs as smoothly as possible, whether they are catering for a wedding breakfast, a buffet style service or a grand reception. The selection procedure is a very personal choice, having the right wedding catering team in place is imperative to a successful wedding day. Many couples choice of wedding venue is influenced by the reputation of its in-house wedding caterer or the venues list of preferred outside caterers. Catering can make or break the choice of venue. Reputable wedding caterers will offer a range of menus and packages to suit every budget. Making the wedding caterer aware of your budget from the onset will help to focus your discussions and reach agreement more efficiently. The cost is usually based on the number of guests so be aware of how many guests are expected to attend. Final numbers will need to be confirmed a few weeks prior to the day itself. In terms of the menu, the wedding caterer should give you lots of ideas on keeping costs to a minimum ie. selecting products which are in season and perhaps steering clear of items which are likely to be expensive such as salmon and lobster.
The method of food service can also be a factor affecting cost. Sometimes buffet service can be less expensive than sit-down table service. This will depend on the number of guests and the number of manned buffet service points. A self service open buffet will be even more cost effective as staff will not be required to serve food, although staff will be needed to replenish the buffet.
Rather than following the traditional formula of canapés with drinks before the three-course wedding meal which is then followed by a hot buffet in the evening, you could serve a simple meal of delicious hearty, classic food which will be as appreciated, if not more appreciated than a fussy gourmet meal. As long as guests' appetites are satisfied, the number of courses should not be such a concern. Simplifying the menu is probably the easiest way of saving money on wedding catering.
Local wedding caterers may be cheaper than larger firms. Although the larger wedding catering service companies usually have more in-house equipment and have the added benefit of economies of scale.
Hosting a wedding reception at home, usually in a marquee in the garden is very popular these days. Very often the cost of hiring a marquee, a mobile kitchen for the wedding caterer, tables and chairs, cutlery, crockery, linen and glassware and decorating the marquee can be on par with hiring a reception venue so be very wary of the costing. In terms of wedding catering, a reception at home in the garden can be ideal if you want a relaxed buffet for your guests to indulge in rather then the more formal sit down meal expected in hotels and venues.
Family members may be able to help with wedding favours, wedding cakes and cold canapés but DIY wedding catering often ends up being a very stressful experience. The cost of food and drink, hiring serving equipment, hiring crockery and cutlery and then overseeing the service of the food can be very costly, not just in monetary terms. Wedding catering services will have the experience and know-how to service your event expertly and stay within the budget set for them. This allows you and your family members to relax and enjoy the day.
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