Your guests have come a long way in being with you for your big day, so they will look forward to joining you at a festive meal once they are there. But if you don't think your budget will stretch to a 3 course meal with drinks for all your family and friends, there are still ways to make sure they – and you – don't have to go without. Here are our top tips:
1) Have a brunch so you can take advantage of lunch menus for your wedding reception – lunch menus tend to be cheaper than dinner menus
2) Approach one of the cheapest cafes (eg most hotels have a 24-hour café serving a wide variety of food) and ask what they can offer you for a certain number of people for your budget
Ask your hotel if they can offer a room for you to receive a gold horse, cake and drink reception for a fixed fee
3) Take guests to a buffet – as long as you reserve your table in advance you don't have to wait too long to sit down, but of course you will serve yourself with food.
4) Fixed price menus are your friend – that way you don't have to worry about Uncle Ernie ordering the biggest steak on the menu.
5) Remember that most menu prices will be exclusive of local taxes and bankruptcy – allow 7.5% for the tax above, plus a larger 20% pardon is expected for a larger party.
6) If you are paying for drinks, talk to the venue before the wedding to set a drink limit e.g. & # 39; any other drinks will be paid for by individual guests & # 39 ;. Make sure guests know what the deal is.
7) Plan ahead! – talk to the venues as soon as you can – they'll need a reasonable warning of booking a big holiday, so try to talk to them weeks or even months before your wedding. . They may not be able to help if you present the day in a panic!