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Factors That Make Up Your Wedding Catering Cost

As one of the most important parts of your wedding day, knowing the total expenses that will go into catering should be taken into serious consideration when planning for your big day.

How the foods are served and how they taste makes a huge difference in how your guests enjoy the banquet. But it is not always easy to understand the cost, especially if you are not working in the hospitality sector. Aside from the ingredients of the food to be served, other factors make up the whole wedding catering cost.

Need help in creating a reasonable estimate for your wedding catering budget? In this article, we will explain the most important factors of wedding catering cost. Reading through this article will help you work out your menu, choose extras to avail, and sort out your budget.

In-house or external caterers

Some couples, with the help of their families, prepare a DIY catering for their wedding. This creates a lovely and casual atmosphere during the banquet. However, unless you have family members or friends who are experts in cooking and you only invited a small group of guests, DIY or self-catering can cause real stress.

For most couples, hiring a professional catering service is still the best solution. According to a survey, the budget for wedding catering is just over 12% of the average budget for the entire wedding. Depending on how food is important for you, you should not hesitate in allocating your budget for it. You may spend more on food and cut down the budget in other areas, it entirely depends on your preference.

Number of guests

Your wedding catering cost greatly depends on how many guests you will be serving food to. Most catering companies quote costs as a per-head price. So if you want to spend less on the catering, one of the best ways to do it is to have a small guest list. This way you can treat your guests to more food at a lower cost.

But if having a small guest list is impossible, you can search for a caterer that can work within your budget. Some caterers, especially those who have been in the industry for so long, have their way of creating fabulous menus that can cater to a large group of people.

To stay within your budget, make sure to avoid guest-list-creep or constantly adding guests to your list. Or if you do, make sure to inform your caterer and update your budget.

Courses and ingredients

Having multiple courses can cause a huge increase in your catering cost. The ingredients on your menu are also a huge factor.

To cut off on the cost, make sure to choose carefully and avoid adding more courses. You should also speak with your caterer on how you can avoid using the most expensive ingredients or ask about any food swaps you can do while keeping the overall taste at a high-level and enjoyable.

The extras

While extras, such as food stations and dessert tables, can enhance and make your wedding banquet more special, but they can also increase the wedding cost. Depending on your preference and budget, you can ask your caterers to have them added to your wedding catering package.

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