Having catered on average 90 weddings to date we have picked up some tips and tricks along the way to save money and, being the nice folk we are, we thought we would share them!
So here goes.....
Probably one of the most important inputs to any wedding right?! Over the last few years we have managed to create a very accurate calculation as to the amount of alcohol actually required. For your drinks reception 1.5 glasses of bubbles per guest will cover you for a 2-2.5 hour drinks reception (once you calculate your guest numbers by 1.5 then divide by 6 glasses in a bottle and that will give you the total number of bottles required). As for bottled beer - 2 bottles per head will see you covered for this.
Wine with dinner - we suggest .75 a bottle of wine per guest (some places suggest half a bottle per head but we have sometimes found that to be a tad on the short side).
Prosecco Tip - stock up on this post Valentines Day when it is all slashed in price! You can thank us later:-)
There is noting worse than walking into a reception room the morning after a wedding and seeing wedding favours still on the tables after you have no doubt put so much time, energy (and money!) into creating only for them to be forgotten about!
Don't get us wrong we have seen some beautiful, unique, and in some cases yummy, favours in our time and they can be a lovely special touch but our advice? Save your money - more prosecco anyone?!
Ok this is gonna be a controversial one and will divide opinion but we think with a REALLY good DJ you could forgo a band. Now there are some absolutely fantastic bands out there so I guess this will really depend on how important music is to you and of course the budget you have set aside for entertainment BUT we have seen some weddings absolutely rocking with just a DJ and in our opinion there is only one man for the job - Colm Donnely DJ4me. As someone planning my own wedding at the moment having Colm as our all-night entertainment is one of the things we are most looking forward to!
Are you getting married in a DIY venue? If so ask the wedding planner/coordinator are there any wedding decorations that have been stock-piled from other weddings. Again, walking into a reception room the morning after the wedding its always suprising what gets left behind. Adverts.ie is also another great place to find brides selling their pre-loved wedding decorations and hey, we all love a bargain!
5) FOOD PRE-ORDERS
As wedding caterers this is a big one for us! WE HATE WASTE! We offer all our clients a discount to provide us with a pre-order two-weeks in advance of the wedding. This gives us a rough guideline of food orders required(not exact as you will always have people change their minds on the day - lets not go there!) so we can minimise waste - win win!
So there you have it! Hope it helps some of you - if you do end up saving an absolute fortune we accept gifts of all forms:-)