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5 ways to save money on food and drink at your wedding reception

Serving great food and drink is a fantastic way of bringing people together at your wedding reception, but it can be costly! Here are five ways you can save money on your food and drink at your wedding reception.

1) ‘Family style’ dining

What this means is food is brought to tables in serving dishes and shared amongst guests at that table. This gives the reception more of a ‘family’ feel as it encourages sharing and conversation.

Wedding Meal

2) Buy your own booze

This may take more organization but you will save money in the long run. You can buy booze in bulk and with so many price comparison sites lurking about, it won’t be too hard to find the cheapest options! You can still have an open bar with this option as well!

Wedding Drinks Bar

3) Have a BBQ/Potluck

If the weather is looking nice for your wedding, a BBQ could be a fantastic option. You can serve a variety of different food and still have that ‘family’ feel to your food. Another option which could work alongside the BBQ is the idea of a Potluck – each guest (or nominated guests) bring a dish to share with the entire wedding party.

Wedding BBQ

4) Limit what you serve

You can still have an open bar but limit what you serve. Consider only serving beer and wine, not mixed drinks.

5) Have a cocktail party

A perfect medium between a formal meal and a fun relaxed party. You can serve tasty hors d’oeuvres and have a few signature cocktails on offer. You won’t need as many waiting staff and will be offering guests something a bit different. You can always adapt the menu with non-alcohol cocktails if you have children attending.

Wedding Cocktail Reception



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