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Food - Splurge or Save?

Sinéad, on September 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Planning 0 96
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I’m sure you haven’t forgotten about your main meal! Are you indulging in everything from fun food stations to extra dessert options? Or are you looking for a catering package that’s also budget-friendly?

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  • Amber
    Rockstar February 2020
    Amber ·
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    Save and splurge? We're having a budget-friendly option, but it's honestly the option everyone at our wedding will LOVE. For apps during cocktail hour will definitely be save, just simple fruit/veggie & cheese/cracker trays.

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Splurge. Guest experience is number one for us, so we allocated the majority of our budget to catering and drinks.

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  • Futuremrsmccormack
    Super February 2020
    Futuremrsmccormack ·
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    Splurge. My venue had only 3 approved caterers. I picked the least expensive, but still, it's more than if I had a choice. I know a place that's less than half the price with delicious food
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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Splurge. I want everyone to be well feed. We are doing a buffet but I love the choices. And the appetizers are going to be awesome. Plus doing a late night snack of S mores.

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  • Futuremrsmccormack
    Super February 2020
    Futuremrsmccormack ·
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    Oh and I'm a vegetarian, but I tried everything, and the spare rib almost made me go the other way, lol
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  • Jen
    Super May 2018
    Jen ·
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    Splurge. Food and drink were our top priorities when we were planning.

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  • Erin
    Rockstar July 2021
    Erin Online ·
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    Splurge, I’m tired of gross wedding food
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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    Splurge..somewhat. I say splurge because we went with the bigger option to get the food choices we liked better and added some appetizers

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  • Ashley
    Dedicated May 2020
    Ashley ·
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    Saving by getting one of the cheaper options but paying extra to have it served family style because I did NOT want plated or buffet.
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  • Amanda
    Expert October 2019
    Amanda ·
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    Save. Our ceremony is at 3:00pm so we didn't feel like a full on 3 course dinner meal would be appropriate. So we're doing a buffet style lunch.
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  • Rebecca
    Expert January 2020
    Rebecca ·
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    Splurge!! We're foodies and think that this is one of the main portions of the wedding that people will remember!

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  • Sara
    Expert June 2020
    Sara ·
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    Splurge. Our food will probably end up being a splurge especially if I include all the extras. We are having 2 food trucks for dinner which will be under 5k. Then a desert food truck for under 1k. We will hire servers and have to get plates, utensils, linens so all of that will add up.

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  • Holly
    Dedicated March 2020
    Holly ·
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    SPLURGE x100! To me, the food is one of the most memorable things about a wedding. We are having all kinds of food and several types of cake. Catering is definitely the most expensive thing for us right now.

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  • H
    Super September 2019
    H ·
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    Splurge. Can have a wedding without delicious food!
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  • H
    Super September 2019
    H ·
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    Can't, oops!
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  • Lauren
    VIP September 2019
    Lauren ·
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    Technically save because this venue was cheaper than others we toured but there will be 20 cold apps, 5 hot apps, 3 courses of dinner with 2 sides, cake, fruit, coffee and if you stay late enough there is late night snack.
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  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
    Yam ·
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    Splurge. It was originally a save at a modest $250 for 30 people, now it’s $850. 😤
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  • Laura
    Rockstar November 2019
    Laura Online ·
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    Splurge~ish? We’re going with an inexpensive bbq place but getting their most expensive option which includes ribs, chicken and pulled pork.
    (I know they bring their wet naps but I’m thinking of buying extra)
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  • K
    Expert February 2020
    Kristina ·
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    I don't think tis is a splurge, but it one of the more expensive options at the venue. The planner at the new venue we have chosen, is taking out the desserts that are included and either discounting the cost per person by $3 -$4 or they will just throw in the wedding cake instead. I haven't decided on this option yet as a good friend and neighbor who is a baker will be doing our cake and cupcakes. I need to talk to her and see what she wants to do.

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  • Jamie
    Devoted May 2020
    Jamie ·
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    Splurged.. a little. Our venue requires that we choose a caterer from a list of caterers they provide - something to do with their liquor license. We choose the most reasonably priced caterer on the list, but just weren't expecting caterers to be so expensive in general.. so we under estimated.
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