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So much goes into planning the perfect wedding. There’s the venue, the music, the vows, the decorations, the guest list, and, of course, the food. While some people opt for the DIY route when it comes to serving food at a wedding, many prefer to have their food catered. Catering makes serving food low stress and easy, especially if you do it right.
Be Mindful of Your Budget
People often choose to DIY their wedding food because they want to save money. Catering has its costs, but as long as you’re mindful of your budget, you should be able to make it work. Different caterers charge different prices for different types of food and services.
Shop around for a caterer until you find one that fits your budget. Resist the temptation to go beyond it so you don’t spend more than you mean to on your wedding.
Order Enough Food
No one wants to run out of food at their wedding. It’s one thing if you run out of a popular dessert, but running out of more than that is sure to leave a bad taste in your mouth (and your guests’ mouths). In an ideal world, every guest that shows up would RSVP promptly, and every guest that RSVPs would show up.
They wouldn’t bring extra people who weren’t invited or who they didn’t RSVP for. We don’t live in a perfect world though, which is why it helps to have a little extra on hand. You should plan to make 5% more food than the final wedding attendee list.
Choose the Right Food for Your Wedding
Not all food is suitable for all weddings. What food is right for your wedding comes down to your personal preferences, in large part. Choose favorite dishes of each spouse or go with themed dishes if you have a theme for your wedding. After you’ve chosen your caterer, sample the dishes you intend to have served and make sure the presentation is to your liking. Remember to consider any dietary needs you or your guests may have when planning the menu as well.
Catering food at your wedding lets you avoid the stress of having to plan and prepare enough food for all your guests. Choose your caterer wisely, since the food will impact the experience for both you and your guests. Remember to sneak at least a bite or two yourself as you mingle with your guests. You’ll thank yourself for it later when it gives you the energy you need to make it through the whole wedding without getting hangry.
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