>> April 7, 2010
Most of the time the caterer will take up a HUGE chunk of your budget so here are a few tips to help you make that chunk a little smaller....
1. Be Picky - Look into venues that allow you to choose any caterer not just theirs or off their list (which may not fit your budget). Do the math before you book.
2. Keep it Simple - You don't need tons of choices for your guests. Even your buffet can be limited to two entrees. The more simple you make your food choices by keeping in mind the prep time, the less your caterer will charge you.
3. Consider NEW Companies - Just because they are young and new to the business, it doesn't mean they can't handle your event. Most likely they will charge less but do your research and ask a lot of questions. Make sure you get a referral and do a tasting.
4. Stay in Season - Keep your menu to foods that can be easily obtained by your caterer. The more they have to pay to get it for you, the more you will pay.
5. Resist an Upgrade - Use your calculator to really figure out how much your bill will go up total before you say yes to those $3.00 upgraded mushrooms. For 250 guests that can be more than $750 dollars on top of the basic package.