Wedding Question: What Food & Drinks Should I Spend the Most Money On?

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We just received this question from a reader: I am in the process of figuring out the food and drinks for my wedding. I’m not (yet) over budget, but I’m having a hard time figuring out where I should bother to put in the extra money and where it will make no difference! What is it that people notice the most and what won’t they care about?

Great question! It’s always hard to know where the extra money on food and drinks will make the difference. Here’s my advice:

First, spend a little more on great appetizers & h’oeuvres. People remember the first bits of food they eat — because it’s usually right after the ceremony and before the alcohol kicks in!

Second, spend a little less on the main courses. You can do this by having a buffet or by selecting less expensive options with your caterer (or at the restaurant — depending on the venue). Most of the time people dont expect fabulous main courses. And by then, they’re chatting and drinking and ready to dance! Usually chicken and fish dishes are less expensive than steak, but that’s not always the case. And, of course, be sure it’s something you don’t mind eating!

Third, save some money on drinks and alcohol by sticking with beer and wine (or just wine!). Once you start getting into purchasing hard alcohol and mixers, things go downhill for the wallet. If you do decide to purchase hard alcohol, try to make purchases that mix well with the non-alcoholic beverages you’re already going to have. For example, if you’re already going to have cola, go for a rum to mix with that cola! You get the idea.

Hope that helps! Good luck!

~ Natasha

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4 Responses

  1. cake and champagne for sure! but this is IMHO of course!

  2. We are splurging on an open bar for our reception because a) we like to drink, b) our friends like to drink, and c) we want people to have a blast. And it works out to be a decent price per drink if enough people drink enough which knowign our guests, they will!

    We went a bit cheaper on the food selection by opting for a buffet instead of plated dinner.

  3. interesting! i think the friends’ weddings i’ve gone to in the past have done similar things as both of you — focusing on the alcohol part! 🙂

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