Whether you plan to hold a wedding, graduation, anniversary, birthday or some other type of celebration, catering allows those putting on the event to focus on things other than the food. However, catering costs can add up, putting this service out of reach of many party budgets. If you wish to use the services of a caterer, there are four simple steps you can take to get catering for less.
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1. Set a Budget
Planning is the first step in cutting catering costs. Consider all you’ll require for the event and make a list of estimated expenses. Look at your resources and create a reasonable budget without putting your financial well-being at risk. Once you have an overall budget, figure out how much of that event budget will be used for catering services. This gives you parameters for making choices from how many guests you can invite to the choice of food items on the menu.
2. Compare and Contract
Save money on catering by comparing the prices and services offered by different local services. The amount and quality of service is as important as overall price. Find a caterer who will provide the best service for the amount you have to spend. Check references to make sure the caterer does what is promised so you don’t end up spending money on a caterer who drops the ball.
Read the contract and check out any extra fees for extra personnel, cleanup, linens and cutlery, corking fees etc. Ask what is involved in case of rescheduling or cancellation. Ask about discounts or if you’ll receive a discount by putting more money down up front. Save money by knowing exactly what the costs will be and what the caterer is willing to negotiate.
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3. Buffet or Sit Down
A sit down meal costs more than a buffet. You can get a better price on catering by asking for a buffet. The type of food served can widely vary the overall cost. Serve food that is high quality, but not high cost and that doesn’t take a great deal of time and effort to prepare. Simple dishes are easy to prepare, cheap, and can be served buffet style
4. Make it Casual
The more formal the event, the higher the final tally. While there is a place for formal, making an evening formal can keep those who attend from relaxing and enjoying the occasion. A less formal setting is less costly for the caterer and therefore less costly for you.
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