Wedding on a Budget: How to Save on Food

Food, drinks, and dancing are the main attractions at a wedding.
Unfortunately, food and drinks also happen to be incredibly expensive. You’d
be surprised at how much you could spend on seemingly “must-have” items.
Luckily, there are a few great ways to save a few extra bucks on food for your
wedding!

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**Tips:** It doesn’t sound like it would make a huge difference; but believe it or not, factors like time of day, servers, and food types can make a huge difference on price. Here are a few simple ideas for you to consider when looking at and prepping your wedding menu:

* **Menu Options:** You don’t have to have the ever-so-popular wedding food menus (think steak, green beans, and some kind of potato). To save a few extra bucks, try serving/doing:
* **Burger Bars:** This is an incredibly easy, fun, and inexpensive way to feed a whole lot of people. The most expensive parts will be the meat and bread, but other than that, everything else is pretty inexpensive.
* **Heavy Hors d’oeuvres:** Try mini sandwiches, fruit/veggies and dip, stuffed mushrooms, and things like that.
* **In Season:** Make sure that the fruits and vegetables you choose are in season. This can really help to cut down on the cost. Plus, everything will taste and look fresh.
* **Buffet VS. Servers: **Hiring servers can be incredibly expensive. By having your food buffet style, you can still have an ornate, elegant wedding without the expense of servers. Plus, this gives your guests the option to choose what they want on their plate, saving you money on wasted food.
* **Time of Day:** Believe it or not, the time that you host your wedding can make a big difference. Have your reception at a time in between meals (such as brunch). This way, people won’t expect a big meal.
* **Family & Friend Cooks:** If you have close family friends that are willing to help you cook, ask them to be in charge of the menu. This could be their wedding gift to you; you flip the food bill, and they worry about the cooking & serving.
* **Breakfast Food:** I am, unashamedly, a breakfast food junkie. If you are too, try serving breakfast for dinner! A friend of mine did this for her evening wedding and it was a huge hit!
You don’t have to spend a boatload of money on food. By cutting back on
certain steps and traditional wedding foods, you can save a really pretty
penny!

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