If you are planning a wedding this summer, here are three tips that you should keep in mind to guide your catering plans.
#1 Keep It In Season
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are keeping your wedding food plans in season. If you are using seasonal ingredients, that will lower your prices. Having to find food that is out of season is an easy way to increase your catering costs without even realizing it.
For example, a salad that calls for out-of-season ingredients, but that could just as easily be made using seasonal ingredients, is one sneaky way out-of-season food can drive up your costs.
As you go over your wedding menu with your catering company, be sure to discuss if it will be easy to find an ingredient, or if you should go with an easier-to-find ingredient that will also be easier on your pocket book.
#2 Use A Theme
A great way to keep your food under control is to go with a theme. For example, if you go with a Mexican food theme, you could serve chips and salsa for appetizers, followed up with a taco and enchilada bar, and end with tres leches cake. Sticking to a food theme will make it easier for your catering company to shop for and source food for your event. They may even be able to work with specific vendors that specialize in that type of food in order to ensure that you get what you need at an affordable price for your wedding.
Sticking to a theme can also be nice for your wedding guests. The food will have some level of familiarity, and they will know what to expect at each step of the way, which can make it easier for them to decide what and how much to eat.
#3 Have A Set Budget
Finally, make sure that you have a maximum budget or a budget range that you want to stick to. Having a maximum budget or budget range will make it easier for you and your catering company to make choices. It can be easy to go overboard with the food. The best way to ensure that you don't choose options that are more than you can afford is by knowing your budget range before you start and working within those numbers. Don't set a budget after you set a menu; set one before and use that to guide your menu and food purchasing choices.
For additional tips and advice, contact a catering company like Mascaro's Catering.