Planning a memorable wedding reception can be a daunting task; especially if you’re on a tight budget. Presented below are some affordable catering ideas to ditch the traditional wedding catering, while still pleasing your guests.If you like the idea of a traditional sit-down event but are affected by the price, you should consider having your formal reception at noon. A lunch reception would be relatively cheaper than dinner and you won’t lose any of the decorum associated with a sit down event. Another possible alternative would be a tea party, with all the usual — delicious tea sandwiches, scones, macarons and desserts.You can also celebrate by toasting to some champagne before serving tea and cutting a traditional wedding cake.
Another great option is to host a cocktail party for the reception with lots of amazing hors d’oeuvres served on classic silver trays. Cocktail receptions are best held after 8:00 PM. Since it’s mostly finger foods, guests should be expected to have an early dinner before arriving to your event.
For a slightly modern aesthetic one could even place high tables and stools; or even recreate a lounge-type vibe with multiple sofas and coffee tables.
We know that professional catering may not be viable option for everyone, here are some options that can be put together with the help of friends and family. One can plan a picnic themed reception at a park; or have a gourmet potluck buffet. Let’s not leave out the option of a backyard BBQ or a budget-friendly pizza and salad combination only to be topped off with a delicious homemade cake.
In conclusion,It is important to establish event expectations prior to the reception. One can always include a small note in the invitation informing your guests about event specifics. Staying true to your budget and being confident in your reception choices is equally important. If you enjoy yourself so will your guests. It’s as simple as that!