8 Tips for Catering on a Small Budget

The thriving market has driven standards up and prices down, meaning affordable catering is now widely available and one example is Gobble. Heres our handy guide of tips to help you provide catering that is above expectations and under budget.

Know Your Guests

By knowing how many people will be attending your event, you can accurately estimate (perhaps with the help of your catering partner) how much food you will need to order. The price of catering could rocket if you overestimate, but you absolutely cannot afford to commit the cardinal sin of not having enough food at your function. Its also important to find out any dietary requirements your guests may have, as ordering food they cant eat will lead to hungry, dissatisfied guests and excess food.

Hold the ceremony at home, or outdoors

Renting a building or function hall for your ceremony and reception can be very expensive. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view.

In each case, you can also have your reception outdoors, creating a picturesque, memorable ceremony while eliminating the cost of renting a venue.

If you go the outdoor route, however, its best to have a back-up plan in case of bad weather; you dont want to get married in a downpour that leaves all your friends and family soaked. That might mean renting a sturdy tent if rain is forecast, or a few industrial fans if its an extremely hot day or simply stuffing everyone inside the house to wait out a storm.

Find the Perfect Fit

Choosing a caterer comfortable with supplying food for events of your size is a good way of ensuring value for money. Large-scale caterers may not be very interested in catering for a small office lunch, and could raise their prices to make it worth their while. On the other hand, selecting a small caterer for a large function may prove too much of a stretch for them, leaving you and your guests disappointed.

Keep Extras to a Minimum

It can be tempting to choose a caterer that provides everything you could possibly need for any business catering occasion. However, you have to ask yourself whether or not you really need everything. By eschewing catering staff and any supplied crockery and cutlery services, you can drastically reduce your catering price.

Keep it Casual if you can

Avoiding formal catering styles is a great way to keep costs down. Your office party or team lunch will suit a more informal tone. Go Mexican with Burrito Joe or give into sweet temptation with a selection of cupcakes from Kute Cake for a great, cost-effective catering option that will put a smile on everybodys face, including the accountant!

Consider the timing of your events late evenings and weekends may incur a surcharge and are generally more expensive.

Set a limit for the amount of drinks you want to provide this helps the event reach a natural conclusion as well as avoiding any unexpected added cost.

Have a time schedule and stick to it. Food will be prepared and staff arrangements will have been made for the times that you advise so delays will affect quality and cost.