CATERING & YOUR WEDDING CAKE
Here at Robert Tate Photography, Robert has provided a means of helping couples plan their big day through his regular blog posts. The main aim of this blog is to help guide those who are bewildered by the prospect of tying the knot, or even just providing the reassurance that you’re on the right track. Join us every week for more helpful hints and tips. Keep on reading for in insight into the world of wedding catering. From all of us here, live for the moment!
Everyone loves a good wedding and its down to the caterer to ensure the food on your special day is truly delicious and unforgettable.
Often hotels and wedding venues insist that you use them when you’re thinking about catering a wedding. They may allow you to use your own caterers or provide your own wine but may charge you a surcharge or corkage fee. For most couples their wedding is always kept to a budget and every aspect of the planning puts a strain on your finances. It should be every contractors obligation to meet the budgetary requirements of their clients. There are of course ways to cut your costs and save a lump of cash to spend on something quite luxurious such as a bespoke wedding album!
Try a few of these ideas to watch the pennies:
- D.I.Y appetizers – Pre-make your appetizers and serve fresh at your meal, or provide the facility for your guests to create their own appetizers.
- Take the chef to lunch – Have a chat with the catering chef to find out what produce will be in season around the time you get hitched, this could save you hundreds of pounds alone!
- Find out how old your guests are – Not all guests require full size, full price meals. Some caters provide a large discount for OAP’s and children. The older generation may not be impressed when you ask to see their bus pass, but they have free bus travel they may as well help reduce your food bill.
- Fast food – It can be a long day for guests, especially those who have attended the full day. By providing small snacks such as fruit, crackers and cheese you help calm nerves and the guests will appreciate the gesture.
- Dress to impress – Dressing up cheaper meals can provide a touch of class for a fraction of the cost.
- Bite-size – A tasting menu consisting of 6-8 courses provides variety but also costs around 15% less than a traditional 3 course meal.
- Serve the family – have the guests order as a table and share the food around, this gives variety and cuts down on how much they consume.
- Take out – There are no official wedding food rules, and if you and your future spouse like pizza, then order some pies. If you like Chinese food, order a couple pu pu platters along with some fried rice. It’s your wedding so serve food you love, and you could save big time.
- Last orders – If your going to have an open bar either limit the time its open, the drinks it serves or only serve your favourite beverage – if they don’t like it that means more for you!
Your wedding cake is your way to express your self, full of decoration, bling, fireworks or even a dancing fireman that bursts out of the cake. You can have it the way you imagined but it doesn’t require you to take on a second mortgage.
These helpful hints from past couples may help save you some money for that honeymoon of your dreams.
- KISS (keep it simple stupid) – Having an extravagant seven tiered cake is impressive but tastes the same as a two tiered cake with a sheet cake in the back.
- Get the Grandmother cooking – Some of the most memorable cakes are those that are composed of beautifully decorated cupcakes arranged in a tiered display, they also save you hundreds of pounds.
- Cut out the middle man literally – Cake cutting fees can range from £1 per slice, the grooms-men can easily perform this task for free (or provide them with a larger slice of cake).
- Miniature – Choose bite-size finger desserts or provide a sweet station, this gives a much needed energy boost to those eagerly awaiting the dance floor and doesn’t break the bank to buy a few chocolate coins.
There are plenty of ways to save money on catering and cake at your wedding, without sacrificing style or having guests leave with an empty stomach.
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