Planning your wedding is a very exciting time, but it can also be a very stressful time. While you are trying to remain loyal to the ideas and traditions that you and your partner share and enjoy, you also want to make sure that your guests will enjoy themselves. In addition to that, you have the constant worry of staying under your budget. Feeding your guests can be one very stressful aspect of a wedding. Some caterers cost a tonne of money, but you certainly cannot cook all the food yourself. Fortunately, there are some creative solutions to the issue of catering your wedding.
A Potluck Wedding
If you find that you are coming in over budget in terms of some aspects of your wedding, you may wish to consider having a potluck or covered dish supper. In this scenario, your guests each bring a homemade dish to share in a family style buffet. If you provide one main course and desserts, having your guests supplement the food with potluck dishes can provide the perfect alternative to traditional catering and save you plenty of money. Most guests are glad to participate in a potluck and try new things.
Right: Wedding Party Buffet – Photo by usdalton
A Brunch Wedding
Perhaps as you explore your wedding options, you have already realized that having a catered dinner and open bar is far more costly than having a brunch or lunch wedding.
A romantic champagne brunch for your guests may not be traditional, but it is certainly still lovely and enjoyable. Appetizers, brunch dishes and bellinis can be just as nice as a heavy and filling dinner, and a morning party allows for beautiful sunlit photos and guests who are fresh faced and filled with energy.
Your Special Place
The beautiful Wedding dining tables laid out at The Pavilion in Sydney
If money is not an issue and you are simply looking to have a creatively catered wedding, consider consulting with the staff at your favourite restaurant. Do you and your partner have a place you love to go for dinner? Perhaps it was the location of your first date, or where you got engaged. Wherever it is, that favourite place has your favourite food, and tasting it always reminds you of your happy memories there with your partner. Even if the restaurant does not typically cater, they may be willing to work with you if you explain your story. Serving the food you have shared over the years of your romance is a creative and fun catering idea.
No matter what food you choose for your wedding, be sure to choose something that you and your partner feel comfortable with and enjoy. There are tonnes of different catering options available for you, so do your research and take your time choosing the perfect fit for your special day. Many restaurants and catering facilities will offer you and your partner an opportunity to taste a sampling of the menu items they could provide for you, so take advantage of this enlightening opportunity when making your catering choice.
Jessica is an events manager with Trippas White Group in Sydney, Australia. Jessica has assisted many couples with planning their wedding day, and believes that getting a bit creative with things like catering can make your wedding all the more special and memorable for everyone involved.