Let’s talk a little bit today about food.
You like food, right?
We all do.
The number one question that couples often ask me is how do we save money on food.
I go over many ways to save money within this website.
However, I’m going to give you a little appetizer for your plate.
One of the biggest things you can do is determine what time of day you want to host your reception. You see the time of day is directly related to the amount of food you have to serve.
Let’s take a look at the most frequent wedding reception times.
Morning Wedding Ceremony before 11:00am
Continental breakfast or buffet
Midday Wedding 11:00am to 1:00pm
Afternoon Wedding 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hor d’oeuvres buffet or cake and punch only
Early Evening Wedding 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Evening Wedding after 7:00pm
Hors d’oeuvres buffet or cake and punch only
You can save as much as 40-60% on your reception costs by following the advice herein on this website.
But, for right now, let’s look at the top three ways you save by cutting the cost on booze.
1) BUY LIQUOR WHOLESALE. A wholesaler will offer you a discount of up to 20% on bulk purchases of alcohol. A wholesaler will also allow you to return any bottles of liquor that you have not used. By in large this is a great deal.
2) SERVE NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. You can save a fortune by only serving non-alcoholic drinks at your wedding reception. Sparkling cider or grape juice are excellent options. If you don’t like the idea of a completely dry reception, then just serve wine or champagne.
3) HAVE A COCKTAIL HOUR. Limit the amount of time for alcoholic drinks to one hour. Once the cocktail hour is over, you can then limit drinks to nonalcoholic beverages or wine. I suggest having a host or hostess to pass out the drinks because this helps to prevent waste.
You can find out about the other ways to save money on reception costs by reading throughout this website!