No matter what size your wedding is going to be, you will always need catering. Some wedding venues will not have the capabilities to cater or have an overpriced menu available. This could mean that you may have to do it yourself. This can save you a lot of money but also add some additional pressure onto you to get everything organised. So you need to carefully consider if this is the right route for you and if you have the time and resources to make it a success. Here are some key things you need to consider before you make a decision.
What kind of food can I serve
Unless you are the owner of a restaurant style kitchen or have advanced culinary skills, it’s unlikely that you will be able to have a five-course meal. Think carefully about how many people will be attending and choose your food options wisely. A hot or cold buffet with
Do I have the time and resources?
Self-catering takes more time and energy than you probably realise. You will need to buy the food and drink then prepare, store and cook it. If you don’t have the necessary facilities and time, this could be a recipe for disaster. Once you have decided upon a style of food, make sure you have sufficient space and ask friends and family to help you. Also, make sure you don’t have any other commitments in the days leading up to your wedding. Otherwise, you may not have the time to get your catering preparations started. Remember to consider how you are going to quickly transport the food and where you are going to store it at the venue.
How much alcohol should I supply??
Unless you have decided upon a drink free affair, alcohol will always be expected at a wedding. It is a celebration after all. A good rule of thumb is to calculate one drink per guest per hour of your reception. Some guests may drink more and some less, but this should help you work out just how much you need. Also, consider the prices of your alcohol. For instance, the johnnie walker blue label price can vary from store to store. So shop around to find the best deal possible to keep your costs down.
Remember it’s always better to have too much than not enough. Your guests can always take food and drink home with them if you wish. If you have the time, resources and a suitable budget, there is no reason why you can’t make it a success.