Most women have been planning their wedding day since they were little girls. With age comes wisdom, however. Even though reality shows on television frequently show couples spending what could constitute a mortgage in some areas of the country, the reality is there is usually a much smaller budget to work with. One of the biggest, if not the biggest, expenses is the reception. Between the venue rental, food, beverages, cake, and entertainment, the bill starts adding up quickly. Choosing a wedding buffet rather than a formal served dinner can save a lot of money on the food portion of the bill. Here are three buffet catering ideas that can help you keep the costs down.
Have A Pasta Buffet
Pasta is extremely inexpensive, it's filling, and just about everyone loves it. You can even offer gnocchi, a potato pasta, so your gluten-free guests have an option. Cheese ravioli and fettucine Alfredo will satisfy both vegetarians and cheese lovers, spaghetti and meatballs will be sure to please the meat eaters. You could also offer a pesto sauce in addition to marinara and Alfredo sauce. Pair the pasta buffet with a simple salad bar and assorted breads and a garlic and olive oil dip. Have jugs of Chianti on the table to make it an authentic Italian feast.
Have A Taco Buffet
It's virtually unheard of to not like tacos. Whether it's gluten-free hard shell corn tacos or soft shell flour tacos, your guests will love being able to choose from a dozen different inexpensive ingredients to create their perfect taco. For sides, the traditional rice and beans is both filling and affordable. Buy an assortment of unique salsas to add an element of fun to the meal as well. Consider having a flavored margarita as your signature cocktail.
Have A Chili Buffet
If you are having an autumn or winter wedding, a chili buffet will fit right in. Ask your wedding catering service to prepare three different types of chili, being sure to include one vegetarian. Then serve with toppings such as diced onions, sour cream, sliced jalapenos, oyster crackers, chopped tomatoes, diced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, spaghetti noodles, and assorted hot sauces, ranging from mild to superhot and spicy. Serve it alongside corn bread with green chilies, bread sticks, and jalapeno-cheddar bread. You could also consider serving offering bread bowls if your guest list is smaller. Don't forget to provide plenty of butter as well. Considering serving ice cold beer for your dinner beverage.