A traditional wedding dinner is seated, with full service and the guests choose their meal six weeks or more in advance when they RSVP’d. A traditional wedding dinner is also usually quite expensive. Between the servers, plated meals, and head counts – a seated dinner can easily cost as much as or more than your venue. If that’s not something that fits into your budget, here are a few wedding dinner ideas that hopefully point you in a direction that fits your wedding, satisfies you, and keeps things affordable!
Wedding Dinner Ideas
Cut the Crudités
While passed hors d’oeuvres can be wonderful, they can add a significant amount to your food and beverage budget. If you are having your wedding at the venue (with a transitionary period for photos and setup) see about opting for appetizers that are laid out on tables rather than passed around. This should keep your guests happy and busy while everything is being prepared.
Buffet Style Dinner
This is quickly becoming a more common occurrence for weddings, you pre-select the options available to your guests, provide your final head count 3-5 days out, and during your reception your guests will be able to go up and get their salad, then their main dishes, grabbing only what they’d like. This option can still be a fair amount, but definitely significantly less than seated dinner.
Find Out if Your Venue Has Preferred Caterers
Preferred caterers are setup with venues because they have a relationship with the venue, and thus the venue usually only allows them for catering. We go in more depth about preferred vendors here. If by chance your venue doesn’t have preferred caterers, or allows other companies to cater, start your searchin’! You have free reign to reach out to your favorite restaurants, alternative catering companies, etc. to have them cater your wedding and depending on your options, make it even cheaper than traditional caterers.
If you’re theme fits, food trucks can be a fun and affordable option to feed your guests. At an average cost of $2,000 you can feed everyone at your wedding and it’ll be unique and fresh for your guests too. They get to line up and pick what they want from a set menu or the truck’s full menu, depending on how you arrange it. This also allows you to be location flexible too, from backyard weddings to weddings in the park, and much more, food trucks arrive to you with hot food shortly there after.