Aisle Style . Reception
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There are many ways to save on food. Here are just a few.
When it comes to catering, there’s a lot for budget-minded brides to consider. Service, rentals and equipment all factor into the equation. So what’s the least expensive plan for you?
The most cost-effective option is usually a buffet. According to Ben Porter, owner of Food For Thought in Wilmington, a buffet requires less staff because guests can serve themselves. Minimal set-up is required, as well, says Meghan Gardner of Blue Moon Catering in Rehoboth. “For a buffet, we can do most of the cooking at the restaurant and bring the food on warmers,” she says.
Though elegant and traditional, a sit-down meal is usually a pricey option. A kitchen sometimes must be built from scratch at the reception site, and equipment has to be rented. With one server per table, labor is costly. Plated dinners with several courses also require numerous dishes and silverware, which adds clean-up time and rental fees.
Choosing the right meat can cut down on the price for a plated dinner, Gardner says. For example, selecting a cut of beef that is not filet or prime may save a few dollars per head. If seafood is on the menu, opting for an in-season fish is more economical, so skip the expensive lobster. Chicken is a popular choice, and usually the least expensive meat.
Porter suggests using high-end disposable flatware and silverware that looks like real silver and glass to save on clean-up and rental expenses.
Gardner has had great success with receptions that feature only heavy hors d’oeuvres, high-tea picnics and family-style meals. “The more creative you are, the more personalized your wedding will be”—and the more affordable. —Sarah Spagnoli