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Budgeting for Your Wedding Reception Catering

Friday, July 11, 2014

Budgeting for Your Wedding Reception Catering

There are so many elements to consider when selecting your venue, caterer & bar service to stretch your budget as much as possible.

Here are some tips to insure you get the most “bang for your buck” out of your wedding budget.

When working with couples in the planning process I always recommend that they give special consideration to the “fine print” of what is included in services at the venue they select for their wedding reception catering. It is so easy to fall in love with one of our local wineries, historical sites, rustic barns or beautiful parks that you can overlook the bottom line cost of turning this space into your dream reception.

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You must also give consideration to the associated additional cost for that beautiful space. Truly understand what will be included in the rental fee for the venue such as the hours the space will be available to you, are tables, chairs, lighting, dance floor, lighting, etc. included in the rental fee or are these items that will be at an additional cost? You can expect to pay anywhere from $1500 for a park setting to $5000 for one of the hot new winery venues in our area. The park setting may seem like a bargain but remember you will need to bring in the tables, chairs, etc. to create your reception space. The winery that costs $5000 may include tables, chairs, linens, china service staffing, etc. so weigh each option carefully. Gaston Catering & Event Company has outstanding, long standing relationships with many local venues and vendors that can help guide you in your planning process to weigh the “pros & cons” of each.

Choose a menu that will fit the style and feel of your wedding

The next step is to select a menu that reflects the best of the season, and is appropriate for the type of “vibe” you want to create for your reception while working within your budget. A formal plated served dinner is the most expensive option and may be appropriate for a formal ballroom wedding but will not work well for an outdoor venue that does not have a kitchen facility available for your caterer to expedite from. Buffet menu format is generally best value for outdoor venues and will create a festive backdrop for your special day.

At Gaston Catering we offer several buffet menu options including Vineyard Theme Buffets, Grilled Menus and Traditional wedding favorites such as carved prime rib. The most economical menu, and I think one of the most festive it a reception station menu that includes several selections of “small bites” set in several stations around your reception. This format encourages your guests to stroll from station to station and mix & mingle. Ask me about our special “Farm to Table” Station menu where we feature dishes inspired by our local products and produce.

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When planning for bar & beverage service it is good to keep is simple and select a couple of great wines, a few good bottled beer options and then a featured signature cocktail for the bride and groom. This will help you save on budget as you can purchase a few items in greater quantity at a low price and will eliminate waste.

Gaston Catering offers full service event planning services and can assist you with budget to insure your special day is memorable. Contact Gaston Catering for all your Wedding Reception Catering Needs in Folsom, Roseville, the Greater Sacramento area and beyond!


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2795 East Bidwell Street, Ste 100 - 133
Folsom, CA 95630

Phone: (916) 984-8592

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