We all know that food is one of, if not the most expensive ticket item on your wedding planning check list. So how can you save some money on this must have?i

I don’t know about you but I’ll be honest in saying when I go to a wedding I think of 3 things – food, alcohol, and dancing. And I can’t tell you how many times I have attended a wedding, gone home and been STARVING because there hasn’t been enough food to go around, or it just wasn’t tasty. I understand food is expensive but come on ladies and gents — let’s make sure were choosing quality!

With that said, I totally get that sometimes QUALITY comes at a price so I wanted to share with you a few ways to save a few bucks while still making sure your guests go home with a full and happy tummy!

1. Don’t Have a Sit-down Dinner
Serving heavy appetizers instead of a meal has been a big trend in recent years. Guests can mingle more, and can still get satisfied with the appetizers. And your wallet will thank you too.

2. Pick a Venue that Allows Outside Catering
In order to find the best deal, make sure your venue allows you to use the caterer of your choice. This is not the case with many hotels that require you to eat their food.

3. Check the Prices of Both Plated and Buffet Meals
I have always thought that a buffet is more expensive because guests will eat more food, and therefore, more food is needed. At the venue for my wedding, this was true; the buffet was more expensive than the plated meal. Others will argue the opposite. My advice is to check the prices of both options, and go with the cheaper.

4. Consider Stations
Similar to the idea of a buffet, the stations concept allows guests to visit different “stations” to get their food. You could have a carving station, a pasta station, a taco station, a southern cooking station, and so on. This is a really popular option for modern weddings and is priced competitively.

5. Serve Family Style
Have you ever been to a restaurant that serves family style? The entire table orders a meal as a group, and the food is passed around the table just like at home. A big pan of lasagna is certainly less expensive than 10 plates of filet mignon for a table.

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~ MM~

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