Another idea? Invite your immediate family and closest friends to join you for a pre-wedding dinner the night before or on the night of your wedding. Then choose to serve only appetizers or desserts to your complete wedding guest list if you want to make sure to dance with your full group while also saving money on food.
You will want to decide on things like your menu, necessary ingredients, plan to cook, and any help you may need well in advance. Then set up a schedule that will clue you in about when you need to complete each step.
If you’re planning to cater your own wedding day to save money, you will want to fill your menu with more affordable ingredients, like beef (i.e: ground meat for tacos), chicken, or pork (think: barbecue), and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
To keep your total costs down, watch how much meat you include in your menu. Things like barbecue sandwiches, tacos, pizza, and pasta may involve some meat, but you won’t need nearly as much as a typical plate of meat, vegetables, and starch.
Buffets are always the least expensive option at wedding venues, and they will be the best option for you too! Serving your wedding menu as a buffet means your guests will serve themselves, which helps to keep food hot and served in a timely manner.