Wedding and Reception Food on a Budget
Wedding Catering for Free? YES! Here's How to get it!
One bride had her theme set as "Camelot," complete with fake, jewelled swords at the groomsmen's sides and hooded red velvet gowns for her bridesmaids and flower girl. The wedding was also held at night using only candles for lighting.
This bride and groom knew that in order to fully transport their guests back to the time of "Camelot," the wedding food had to match the theme. One of their highlights was the use of a boar's head, rented from a trophy shop, ‘garnished' and grinning with an apple in its mouth on the main table.
Wedding food is often a difficult issue to manage simply because people have a wide variety of tastes and health issues. Wedding food can also be the next most important element in a wedding, right after the bride's gown.
Is there a way to get around the high cost of providing various types of wedding food and still stay within your wedding budget? Yes, there is, and it's a wedding caterer and you are going to advertise their delightful wedding reception food for them...and get the food for almost---or completely---free.
People Ask Where Great Wedding Reception Food Came from Anyway...
Oh, yes, there are those who may say, "Oh, that's so tacky. Some wedding food caterer is going to put their banners all over the place."
However, many wedding caterers struggle to compete and get new clientele. Most wedding food caterers and companies are more discreet than usually thought, and put advertising on take-home boxes (which they usually have stocked to begin with) and have the company's logo arranged appropriately on the wedding food table as, "With Best Wishes For Joe and Jane and Their Guests" with their logo.
For free wedding food, that's a pretty fair deal.
In addition, how many times have you attended a wedding reception that you inquired for the wedding food's company phone number or web address? Probably a few times at least, and wedding food caterers rely on ‘word of mouth' advertising.
Wedding Food that You Love, Too
Your best bet in finding a wedding food caterer or restaurant service is simply by asking the owners of favourite places you dine or lunch at.
Wedding food isn't all that expensive to the caterer because they buy food in bulk. To most wedding food companies, the investment in giving the food away in exchange for free advertising at your wedding can be highly appealing.
Because your wedding is about you, you have most likely picked a theme that would match some of your favourite eateries. Therefore, it's almost a sure bet that the owner of one of your favourite places would feel complimented that you chose his or her establishment for your wedding food.
Wedding Food Catering Terms and Conditions
The name of the game here is: compromise.
A caterer could be financially struggling and may not be able to supply all of your wedding food for free...but more than likely, an agreement can be reached where the wedding food would be greatly discounted.
In this case, you will want to draw up a barter agreement with terms and conditions that clearly spells out the supply of wedding food in exchange for advertising and possibly some cash (such as with a deposit).
A barter agreement for wedding food is especially necessary to hold both parties accountable for keeping their end of their bargains to avoid misunderstandings and a potential lawsuit if the agreement is not fulfilled as expected.
Above all, remember that your wedding is your day, as well as a day for your guests. Be open to ideas from caterers and wedding food suppliers who would like to do business with you.
Additional Resources for Finding Wedding Food on a Budget and Bartering:
Local Catering Locator
How to Write a Barter Agreement