Wedding planning can be very stressful, especially when you realized you have gone significantly over budget. Roughly fifty percent of your overall budget goes into the reception cost, which includes the food. You can't cut out the food altogether because you don't want your guests to go hungry. There are, however, several other ways you can circumvent the cost of food. Below are a few simple ways you can cut back on the food costs while still providing your guests with yummy food to eat.
It's tricky to find a menu that meets all of the needs of your guests. Some guests will be lactose intolerant, allergic to gluten or even a vegetarian. There is really no way to please all of your guests and remain under budget. A good old fashion potluck, however, has the potential to cover every guest that will be attending. Have family members and close friends provide the main and side dishes. You can assign a few members of the wedding party to bring a meat dish, while the other members provide the vegetarian and gluten free dishes. You have a wedding party for a reason, so use them to their fullest potential. This will ensure that the meal needs for all of your guests are properly covered.
Technically, you don't even need to provided a full meal for your guests. A fun idea would be to have your reception later in the evening, when all of your guests have already eaten, and you provide the desserts. Having just desserts won't just help save on food costs, but it will also give you more time to spend with your guests because they won't be focusing on eating their meal. Having a dessert reception will make it more of an intimate setting and will also save you on the clean up time.
Another way to cut back on food costs is to incorporate a more elegant menu with simple finger foods. Finger foods will cut out all of the guess work on who can eat what and it will make the preparation much easier and faster. Providing foods that are filling like mini quiches, cucumber sandwiches, cheese and crackers will leave your guests with full bellies so they won't notice there wasn't a full menu provided.
With all of the things you have to purchase for your wedding, you shouldn't have to worry about the food. Your guests will all differ in what they can and can't eat, so it will be easier and less expensive for you to incorporate one of the ideas listed above. Don't break your bank by catering to the needs of your guests when one of the options listed above will be just fine.
For other wedding planning needs, check out places like Bridal Elegance.