Wedding Menus

Budget-friendly Wedding Menu Makeover

When proposing a menu that works for your budget, independent caterers offer a flexibility that in-house caterers aren't always able to provide. Here's how a few creative caterers would shave the cost off of a big-ticket entrée.

beef tenderloin wedding entree

If you can't spring for beef tenderloin (top), there's no shame in serving a less expensive cut like flatiron steak (above), which can be spice-rubbed and prepared with a tangy marinade to make it more complex and flavorful. If you're watching your budget, steer clear of pricey (read: rare or time-consuming to make) ingredients.

Here, Thomas Preti Caterers in New York cooked the beef tenderloin in a special homemade lavender essence that takes time and skill to produce. Veggies and starches won't affect your bottom line as much as the protein you serve, but to keep prices down, always choose your vegetables based on what's in season.

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