Are you getting married in the near future? Are you trying to cut costs in certain areas? Want to have a champagne wedding but only have a beer budget?  If you are concerned about the cost of food for your wedding reception, consider the following tips on how to save money at your wedding reception.

Keep in mind that the majority of your guests are not coming to your reception to eat. They are coming to help you celebrate your joyous occasion.

Don’t put yourself in further debt just to impress a few guests with an extravagant menu. Prioritize what’s important to you and spend your budget accordingly.  If a beautifully decorated tiered wedding cake is what you have your heart set on spend the majority of money on the cake. Save money by serving a wine punch rather than champagne. White sangria would be lovely and is simple to make.   Surround the punch bowl with flowers and no one will even miss the bubbly.

Tip #1:

Ask close friends and family members to prepare for your wedding. You will probably find that they are more than willing to help you out!

You can still plan the menu. Simply give each person the choice of making whatever they prefer from your master list. When planning the menu think of dishes that can be served at room temperature. This way you don’t have to worry about keeping hot dishes hot and cold dishes cold. This works very well for a buffet. If you want to add something substantial to the menu order a sliced spiral cut ham or turkey.

Tip #2

Instead of a traditional wedding cake opt for cupcakes. They are becoming increasingly popular, even for more extravagant weddings. Cupcakes can be as fancy as you want them to be. An added perk is the fact that you can use several flavors of cupcakes opposed to just one or two. Your guests will appreciate the variety. Have the bakery decorate the different flavors with different deisigns. For example, chocolate cupcakes could have a pink frosting rose, while lemon has a yellow rose and spice has a white rose.

Tip #3

Think small. Order mini sandwiches from the deli at your grocery store. Try complimenting with a tray of baby vegetables and a cheese dip.  Serve mini green salads in small 3 or 4 ounce glasses or clear plastic cups. The salads will add color to the table.

You can save money on your wedding reception food and still serve food that your guests will enjoy!