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Splurge or Save: Food?

Lynnie, on August 21, 2017 at 07:05 Posted in Wedding reception 0 92

There's no doubt that food and booze costs will eat up a large portion of your total wedding budget! On average, couples tend to spend anywhere from 20-40% of their budget just on food and drinks!

While it's always going to a big bill, there are still sooo many ways to splurge and save when it comes to food!

So, are you splurging or saving on food at the reception?


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Latest activity by Amelia, on October 25, 2019 at 18:04
  • Amelia
    Master October 2020 New Brunswick
    Amelia ·
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    Save. We're not having a traditional reception with a full meal. Instead we're starting the reception later in the evening and will have passed apps and cake.
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  • Nelly
    Devoted October 2021 Ontario
    Nelly ·
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    Splurge food is very important to us

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  • Jenna
    Frequent user February 2021 Nova Scotia
    Jenna ·
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    We were willing to splurge to have food I could enjoy. (I am celiac) but we found amazing caterers and it wasn’t necessary to go beyond budget with them!
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  • Jenn
    Frequent user April 2019 Saskatchewan
    Jenn ·
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    Splurge! It's the part that guests actually remember!!
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  • T
    Curious April 2019 Ontario
    Trish ·
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    ME TOO! Totally a splurge

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  • Terresa
    Curious October 2019 British Columbia
    Terresa ·
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    Save. We're doing a simple picnic-style lunch. No caterer.

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  • Brittany
    British Columbia
    Brittany ·
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    I'm gonna say splurge, because I picked the most expensive buffet option they have... however it was still super reasonable! ($47.99 per person for 4 salads, rolls, 4 platters, 3 entrees, 3 sides, and a premium dessert)

    Food is what people remember. It's gotta be good!

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  • Kaisha
    Super March 2019 Nova Scotia
    Kaisha ·
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    Save, its included in our venue cost!

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·
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    Save since it's included with our venue!

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  • Geneviève
    VIP September 2020 Ontario
    Geneviève ·
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    Food was included with our venue package, but we did upgrade for better food and drinks!

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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
    Stephanie ·
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    We were willing to splurge on this--it was a top priority for my fiance. The venue we chose had three options for buffet, and we went with the middle one, so you could say we are saving because we didn't choose the most expensive option...

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  • Bethany
    Super July 2018 Alberta
    Bethany ·
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    Well I don't know what is considered a splurge for food! I would 100% not spend more than $25 a plate... We are spending around $20 a plate.
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  • Nicole
    Curious September 2018 Prince Edward Island
    Nicole ·
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    Saving! A close friend is making our cake, and we found a really affordable caterer.

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  • Mikela
    Frequent user August 2018 British Columbia
    Mikela ·
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    I'm not sure. Catering is part of our all inclusive package but the atmosphere is what's most important to us Smiley smile
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  • Michelle
    Super September 2018 Alberta
    Michelle ·
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    Save-ish, ours is $43 a plate if I remember correctly. Want ppl full but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on food

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  • Dani
    Frequent user February 2018 British Columbia
    Dani ·
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    Save-ish. Make sure its good food and worth what you're paying.

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  • G
    Curious August 2018 Quebec
    Gigi ·
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    Splurge, I don't want to be one of those who gets married and the guests go home hungry...
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  • Maegan
    Super July 2018 British Columbia
    Maegan ·
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    Save... Hopefully. My mom and stepdad have agreed to help us make our own food for the wedding and we will just be hiring a helper or two for the day of to put out the food and restock it and such. Doing bbq chicken and pulled pork sandwiches with 3 kinds of salads and baked beans. Hoping to feed 140 people for under$2000 (about $15/person).
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  • Hannah
    Frequent user March 2019 Nova Scotia
    Hannah ·
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    I am a total foodie. This is easy. SPLURGE
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  • Amber
    Devoted September 2018 Alberta
    Amber ·
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    Splurge!! The food is the most important thing out my FH and I. A cute little Italian bakery is doing our cake, and a bunch or other goodies for us and that was not cheap but will be sooo worth it.

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  • Katherine
    Curious September 2018 Ontario
    Katherine ·
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  • Sabrina
    Frequent user October 2017 Quebec
    Sabrina ·
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    That's a splurge, people tend to only remember a few things at a wedding. The music and the food!

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  • Amanda
    Frequent user October 2017 Alberta
    Amanda ·
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    Saving we have friends and family cooking for us
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  • S
    Curious September 2018 Manitoba
    Santana ·
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    Splurge! food is very important to my fiancé and I!

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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
    Carol ·
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    This I would say is normally a splurge, but my venue needed me to move my date from a Friday to Saturday and they made it worth my while to do so. I'm saving a lot, but using what I save else where
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  • J
    Curious September 2018 New Brunswick
    Jennifer ·
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    Absolutely splurge..if there is one thing to splurge on,,, it's food.
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  • Lisa
    VIP May 2018 Ontario
    Lisa ·
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    Splurge! I'm starting to realise that I'm not saving much lol
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  • M
    Beginner May 2018 New Brunswick
    Michelle ·
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    I'd save here
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  • Chelsea
    Master August 2017 Ontario
    Chelsea ·
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    We picked chicken and it wasn't the cheapest item on the menu, but it also wasn't the most expensive. We also had a poutine bar and a pizza station for a late night lunch, but it was mandatory since people were drinking! We did save by only doing chicken for dinner instead of chicken or beef or fish options. That is when it can get pricy because people can pick a more expensive option.

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  • Aixa
    Curious September 2017 Ontario
    Aixa ·
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    Great deal but it is a 4 course meal
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  • Olga
    Beginner May 2018 Ontario
    Olga ·
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    I think we will definitely be saving.

    The buffet style and punch bowls are an easy option to let the guests control their food and drink portions. We will also be having white and red wine be passed around during dinner service, champagne for the toast and speeches, and on top of that, every guest will get their own a drink ticket. Any other drink beyond that, they will be free to purchase. As for desserts, my mother-in-law, my mom, and a few of my aunts have asked me to let them make the sweets and desserts.

    Finally, my sister-in-law has offered to make my wedding cake which will be for about 50-60 people.

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  • Reona
    Frequent user March 2018 Ontario
    Reona ·
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    We saved. It kinda goes back to the venue since all the costs were tied up together as a wedding hall

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