Catering: How to Get More for Less at Your Wedding

Guest Post by Frankie Burns of LowCountry Barbecue
When it comes to your wedding reception, catering is one of the most important aspects. The food is something your guests will continue to talk about for weeks following and can be a huge factor in how well your wedding unfolds. It’s no secret, however, that the catering is one of the most expensive undertakings. The average amount of money spent on food is about $50-$90 per head, but this cost depends on the type of food, number of courses and the caterers.Regardless, most brides and grooms overspend on catering, so here are three great tips on how to manage your costs within your spending limit. 
Incorporate Economical Food Choices
When it comes time to plan your menu, consider balancing out expensive and inexpensive food. While having a full menu comprised of luxury food items may be your first choice, incorporating economical food choices may be the best route to take, especially if you are preparing to have a large crowd. This is will not only ensure that you have plenty food to serve for less of the cost, but you will feel good knowing you accommodated all your guests while sticking to your budget. 
Organize the Correct Amounts
For many brides and grooms, estimating the how much food you will need to have prepared is nearly impossible. With last minute cancellations and impromptu invites, it’s no wonder wedding catering can get expensive- and wasteful.  Estimating a few extra rounds of hours de oeuvres in case two or three additional guests arrive is ideal, but going beyond that is the easiest way to pay for too much food that will go uneaten.
Take Advantage of Natural Resources
Welcoming the outdoors and taking advantage of natural resources is a great way to get more for less. Utilizing free resources, like having an outdoor venue, not only gives your guests a chance to mingle in the fresh air, but it also a great way to lower some of your catering costs so you can splurge in other areas of your wedding. Not to mention, outdoor weddings boast many economical food opportunities-you can grill specialty meats or indulge in some home style barbecue.
While the food is one of the best determinants of a successful wedding, you don’t have to overspend on food that won’t even be eaten. Ultimately, this is your special day, so satisfying your guests while maintaining your budget will create the best outcome for both you and your guests. By following these tips you will be able to get way more out of your catering, which will ultimately enable you to splurge on more important aspects- like the honeymoon! 
This article was written exclusively for Wedding High by LowCountry Barbecue, proud to be a leading Atlanta wedding caterer, serving happy couples on their big day for more 25 years. LowCountry specializes in events, big or small, across the country; no location is too far and no party is too much.

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