When you are planning an event, you might think that you are in control of what you order, but in reality, with so many choices, it’s easy to overlook your budget and end up with more food than you can need. Here are some tips that can save you some money when ordering for your event.
The first factor that determines your catering cost is the number of guests that you will be expecting. You need to know how many people you will be feeding. Knowing your guest count will help you make a better budget and eliminate confusing and unnecessary menu changes at the last minute.
Another thing that can save you money is your choice of delivery method. You can pick up the food at the caterer’s location. This may cost you a delivery fee or have it dropped off at your location already prepared in disposable containers. Your choice of delivery method can save you money.
Also, the caterer may only prepare the tables and food serving area or offer you full service of preparing the food on-site and serving it during the event. This will give the event a personal and homely touch as guests can enjoy freshly cooked meals.
Another way you can save money on event catering is your choice of event enhancement. These are optional or upgrade items that you may choose to add to your event. Enhancements may include decorations, linen, china, servers, on-site chefs, bartenders, DJs and more.
The last thing is that you have to know your budget before you order anything. For most caterers, pricing is determined on a dollar/person pricing model. So an easy way to create your budget is just to determine the total amount you want to spend and divide it by the estimated number of people.
Professional caterers are in business to make money through catering for your events as you desire. There is nothing they want more than to provide you with amazing food that fits both your event and your budget. However, you wouldn’t want to empty your bank account to host an event. Connect with us for more information.