Find­ing ways to trim the wed­ding cater­ing bud­get

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FOOD and al­co­hol, along with the venue, are the most ex­pen­sive parts of a wed­ding. On av­er­age, Aus­tralians spend $18,000 on the three. Some­times it can be dif­fi­cult to keep costs low, es­pe­cially if venues do not al­low you to self-cater or bring your own drinks. Here are some tips and things to think about if you want to keep food and drinks cost low.

Cater­ing on a bud­get

If you re af­ter a for­mal sit-down meal, it doesn’t have to cost a small for­tune. There are plenty of pro­fes­sional and af­ford­able cater­ers avail­able to put to­gether your ideal wed­ding meal. Do your re­search to find the best deal and make sure your venue is happy to work with an out­side caterer.

DIY Food

If your venue al­lows, why not self-cater some of the food, if not all of the food, at your wed­ding?

Ap­pe­tis­ers can be very ex­pen­sive to or­gan­ise, so why not hold a cook­ing ses­sion the day be­fore the wed­ding with some fam­ily and friends where you make some nib­bles? Mak­ing your own will al­low you to make some fancy things at a cheap cost. If you don’t have time to make some, buy things from su­per­mar­kets, ei­ther fresh or frozen. Also, to save even more money do not have servers. Just ask a fam­ily mem­ber or friend to place the ap­pe­tis­ers on ta­bles for peo­ple to en­joy.

Do you need al­co­hol?

Do you and your part­ner not drink much? If you don’t drink usu­ally then why have al­co­hol at your wed­ding? It would just be an ex­tra cost that is not about you on a day that is all about you. If you do want to have a drinks pack­age, con­sider hav­ing an open bar for only two hours in­stead of four. Or if you venue al­lows it, bring your own al­co­hol.

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