Here at Garden of Eating Catering, we are lucky to be a part of dozens of weddings each year. Over time, we’ve come to see a wide variety of weddings: small, large, intimate, blowout party, indoor, outdoor, and everything in between.
When you’re beginning the planning stages of your wedding, you know that you’ve got to cut corners somewhere. But where exactly? On one of the most important days of your life, it’s hard to know where to splurge and where to save. So we’re putting our wedding experience to work for you. Here’s our list of things that you shouldn’t sweat and things that you should invest in for your wedding.
There’s no doubt that music brings people together. But whether you have the best band in town or a DJ that you know who is willing to give you a good deal is not of the greatest importance. All that matters is that everyone is having fun. So save your money and time for another portion of the wedding.
For decades, flowers have been considered an indispensable part of a wedding, with a substantial part of the wedding budget to match. But a quick browse on Pinterest shows that there are tons of alternatives to the traditional blossoming table topper. DIY crafts and even centerpieces that are pre-made can be a fun and cost-saving alternative to pricey flower bouquets. Are flowers a must-have? Garden of Eating has its own in-house florist! We provide centerpieces and buffet pieces for affordable prices.
Some venues will allow you to bring in your own beer and wine, and this is a great opportunity for some savings. Stores with club cards, like Bevmo, are a great place to go because they offer deals and sales individuals can take advantage of. Simply ask your caterer for their recommendation on how much alcohol to buy and take the list to your local store. If you don’t have the time to do the shopping, or the budget to have the caterer provide the alcohol, consider offering one or two drink tickets per guest, and having a cash bar after that.
When you first get engaged, planning a wedding sounds like it will be fun and easy to do yourself. But a few weeks of planning and you’re already in over your head. While it may be tempting to try and cut corners here by not getting a wedding planner, your event will suffer if you are too stressed to enjoy it! Having a wedding planner doesn’t mean that you won’t be involved in the planning process. It just means that you get to do all the fun parts, and let someone else handle the rest.
Catering and Drinks
The food at your wedding is one of the only things that every single guest will experience intimately. It’s inevitable that at least some people will be traveling from afar to come to your wedding, and weddings last several hours, so it’s important that guests are well-fed. Catering is not the area of the wedding to cut corners.
One of the most important aspects of your wedding is commemorating it so that it can be revisited for the rest of your life. In the weeks and months leading up to your wedding, you are likely to be focused on the events of the wedding itself, rather than the things that will come after it, such as photography. But trust us: you will thank yourself later for hiring the best of the best photographer when you have beautiful images to enjoy for years to come.
Are you in the process of planning your wedding? Garden of Eating Catering has years of experience helping newly engaged couples create the perfect menu for their big day. Contact us today to learn more!