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5 Tips to make your wedding budget go further

Updated: Feb 9, 2018

Tight function budget? Here are some tips to stretch your budget

It is often said that the food and the music are the most important elements to a successful wedding celebration. It is therefore important not to compromise on the food. However, delicious foods need not be expensive; as we have proved many times over.

Here are some top tips to make your money go further…

  1. Cut the guest list: Smaller weddings are more intimate, and you get to spend time around the people you love. If you don't have to pay for your great aunt Caroline who you last saw you when you were in diapers, you could afford the food you really want, instead of mash and gravy as a main meal. At the end of the day you really just want to celibrate with the peopl to you, and the more guests, the more drama...

  2. Skip a course: Have a huge harvest table with patès, relishes and freshly baked breads as a welcome snack and substitute the cost of welcome snacks and starters by combining these in one festive harvest table which will keep your guests full (and talking) until dinner time.

  3. Choose your dishes wisely: Exotics like lobster and fillet steak will always work out a little pricier! Don’t feel that you need to please all of your guests… just choose what you would like to eat and what suits your budget. And really; we can make simple spuds into gourmet meals.

  4. Use your cake as dessert or guest favours (or both): Wedding cakes and favours can run into thousands of rands and are the most wasted item at any wedding. Why not use nice glass jars with cake, cheesecake or basically any dessert, as a replacement for wedding cake and the dessert course. With beautiful thank you labels, these can also serve as wedding favours. Cake, dessert and thank-you gifts all for the price of one!

  5. Find a self catering venue: The venue hire may be a bit higher, but this gives you the flexibility to find a caterer that suits your taste and budget. Say goodbuy to a set menu of R650 per person with the normal old roasts forced upon you by a venue, and find your own caterer. You can choose foods that are cheaper and at the same time more interesting and personalised.

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