Wedding Food, Drinks and Cake

Guest love attending wedding receptions filled with good food, drink and fun. While the majority of receptions are held in the evening, not all have to be. Anyone working on a tight budget could consider arranging a morning, brunch, lunch, or cocktail reception at a fraction of the cost. To set the tone simply select a location with a pleasant daytime view. Those that prefer an evening reception will find that a buffet dinner will cost less than a formal dinner as will a paid bar versus and open bar.

Wedding food and drinks need to be planned 6 -12 months before the wedding day (wedding planning timeline). Often reception locations are selected because food and non-alcoholic drinks are offered as part of the package price. While these venues may not create the cake, they will often suggest a wedding cake specialist. Most will offer cake cutting/serving services.

There are also reception locations that will require the services of a caterer. Be certain to find out what cooking cooling facilities are available at the location to allow the caterer to plan accordingly. Remember that if a caterer must bring extensive equipment to the event, the cost will be passed on to you. Many couples forget to deal with the logistical end of catering including servers. Neglecting these important details can lead to problems and additional costs. A good caterer will help with the details, but it is important to know what to ask as well.

Most couples will break the food budget down into a cost per person basis. The goal is obviously to get as much quality food as possible while spending the least amount of money. Options are plentiful and if the reception and food are planned at the same time options as the ones mentioned above will be available and can lower the cost of food significantly.

Non alcoholic beverages are the least expensive option for weddings. Champagne or sparkling cider should be available for the toast even with non alcoholic receptions. Often these are included with the price of the wedding food. If alcohol will be served there will be more decisions including: open or paid bar, wine and beer or full liquor service.

The cost for the cake is also generally determined on a per head basis. In former years couples ordered a multi tier cake with only one flavor from the baker. Now the cake can me custom created by a cake designer. This is just one more thing to plan for when considering the budget.












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