Most weddings are catered with a cost per plate/person, or a set number calculated for the Hors d’Oeuvres and buffet. But what if you are having a small wedding? Hiring a caterer may be too expensive for the number of guests, as most catering companies have a minimum number of guests to even consider taking the job.
Fortunately, there are creative and easy ways to solve this dilemma. Depending on the size of your wedding, consider approaching one of your favorite restaurants and seeing if they will give you a deal on some family-sized platters.
Have a member of your wedding party pick up the dishes and get them set up, or you can hire a few of the neighborhood kids. Some of the wedding party may have teenagers who are willing to get things ready for a few bucks.
If someone you know cooks great meals, see if they want to prepare some special dishes, and then supplement them with a few purchased items.
Finally, consider having a potluck dinner. Make sure that it is well organized so there aren’t twenty trays of potato salad by making sure that some people are responsible for each course. It may seem a little silly, but it can be a great family meal for a close-knit family wedding.