How to Save Money on Wedding Food

Depending on your menu choices, the food you serve at your reception can end up being extremely costly. But, there's no reason to panic. Keep reading, to learn a few simple ways to cut your wedding food budget. It is possible!

Focus on Appetizers

These days, it's very trendy to serve lots of delicious appetizers and skip the traditional sit-down meal. Your wedding guests can easily enjoy munching on appetizers while hanging out and socializing with others all at the same time.

As long as you purchase enough food to go around, everyone at your wedding will still be able to eat their fair share and feel just as satisfied as if they sat down to an elaborate meal.

Consider a Buffet or Food Stations

While hiring servers to work your reception adds a bit of extra flair to your wedding day, it raises the cost of your food budget substantially. The best way to provide food for guests without paying for service is to set up a buffet table.

Yes, guests will be required to serve themselves. However, it gives them another chance to mingle. If your reception is being held at a smaller venue, consider setting up multiple food stations rather than a single buffet table to prevent the area around the food from becoming too crowded.

Opt for a Cupcake Cake

The wedding cake may be the most memorable part of your entire reception. But, cake also tends to be rather pricey. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, why not opt for an elegant, multi-tiered cupcake display.

Displays like this are every bit as memorable as a traditional wedding cake and can end up costing less than half as much. Choosing multiple flavors appeal to a wider variety of guests. Cupcakes are also much easier to serve when everyone is ready for dessert.

These are just three ways to save money on food for your wedding. Typically, the more you take the time to plan, the less costly it will be. Getting married does NOT have to break the bank!

DIY Satin Fabric Flowers

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Satin Fabric Flowers

·         Satin Fabric

·         Scissors

·         Thread

·         Needle

·         Lighter

·         Pearl Beads

Step 1: Use a paper template to cut out 5 even round pieces of the satin fabric. The size of your template depends on how large or small you want the flower to be.

Step 2: Slightly burn the edges of the round pieces so that no access threads from the fabric comes out.

Step 3: Now take one of the round pieces and fold it in 4.

Step 4: Sew the bottom of the satin piece by making running stitches.

Step 5: Use the same method from *Step 4* and stitch all the pieces together.

Step 6: Pull the Thread to make the petals folds. Then sew the first piece with the last one to get the flowers shape.

Step 7: Sew some beads on the middle of the flower.

Step 9: Then add some satin leaves to add more details.

And it’s done!


Check out the steps in the Photos below:

Featured Wedding ~ Jamie & Doug

By, Jamie Lewis  

We got engaged in September 2014, and at that time money was tight for us and both of our families. I would have been perfectly happy eloping or having a small courthouse ceremony, but my husband was set on having the wedding he always dreamed about.

In order to have everything we wanted on a tiny budget(around $1,500), most of our wedding was DIY. Our family friends let us rent out their barn for a great price, and we used every bookshelf and plant in my parent’s home to bring the space together. Most of our decorations were things we already owned wrapped in twine or painted in our colors, but I was also able to find many cute and pre-used items on the All things Wedding Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook page.

Most of our vendors were willing to work with us on our budget, including our photographer and florist. We had family and friends step in to help make our cake, invitations, and refreshments. In the end, the only problem we ran in to was having our officiant cancel. Luckily, we were able to locate an officiant on the ATW Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook page who was also willing to work with our budget based on our situation.

We were married on August 14, 2015. The day was lovely and went without incident. If I could have changed anything, I would have planned ahead for the tiny details. We used a Spotify playlist for our music, which worked great, except we had to find someone last minute to be in charge of it. I also never realized we would need an M/C of sorts to help announce everything and move the night along. (I suppose a DJ could help with that, but it just wasn’t in our budget.)

Our wedding was a success in my book, and we couldn’t have done it without all of the help from our family, friends, and random Facebook brides who helped us through the rough patches.

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