Cut Catering Costs—and Still
Get Really Good Food

Budget, Food & Drink

Caterering by Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events; photo by Karen Mordechai

Saving money without sacrificing quality is always a challenge in the wedding-planning process. We asked four independent caterers to offer up advice on how to shave the price of one entrée from a typical wedding menu.

Did you know that substituting polenta fries for regular potato fries can cut cost? Baking a tray of polenta, sliced in strips like fries, takes less time and manpower than hiring multiple cooks to deep-fry potatoes.

Fish or beef? How about both? Serving a "duet plate" (above) that features smaller portions of both proteins costs 30 percent less than offering options because the caterer can purchase the exact number of entrées, rather than ordering extra of each option so that each guest can have the entrée of his or her choice.

Learn more ways to makeover your wedding menu with cost-saving tips from four catering pros.—Danine Alati
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