6 Ways to Save Money On Wedding Catering Costs
Food can be a big part of a wedding, and every couple wants to make a lasting impression on their guests and make sure everyone is well-fed (I mean, people still talk about the food at my parents' wedding almost 30 years ago). But between the rehearsal dinner, cocktail hour, reception, and cake, food also makes up a large part of the wedding budget.
"When putting together a budget, you should estimate that about 50 percent of your overall spending will go toward catering costs," says Tonya Hoopes, owner and lead planner at Hoopes Events in Utah. If you're trying to save as much as possible while still planning the wedding of your dreams, there are ways to cut back on catering costs—you just have to be realistic with your budget and goals, and be willing to get a little creative with your menu.
There's no reason to be spending more than you should on food, leaving less for other big items in the budget that are equally important, like your wedding photographer. Here are expert tips on how you can save money on wedding catering without compromising on quality.