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Wedding Catering Hacks: Plant-Based on a Budget
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Wedding Catering Hacks: Plant-Based on a Budget

05/01/2022Alice JohnsonAlice Johnson

Did you know that the average German couple spends between 10,000 - 20,000 euros on their wedding?

That’s actually not quite as shocking as the average American wedding couple, who spend between 30,000 - 35,000 euros…nevertheless, a German wedding is still a few cents too many, don’t you think?

The majority of these rather large budgets are usually spent on venue hire and wedding catering, including snacks and finger food, dinner, plant-based wedding cake, and drinks. Luckily, there are a number of useful wedding catering hacks that will help you save a few thousand without compromising the quality of your big day!

We’ve gathered advice from the best vegan wedding caterers to demonstrate where you can cut costs for an economical yet fabulous wedding that’s sure to be remembered! After all, we’re sure you could do with the extra couple of thousand to spend on a nice relaxing honeymoon after the stress of planning a vegan wedding.

Let’s get hacking!

Here’s how to hack your wedding catering:

An vegan wedding menu that lists numerous delicious starters, main courses and desserts

1. Opt for a vegan wedding menu

Whether you follow a plant-based diet or not, opting for a 100% vegan wedding menu will save you money on having to create additional dietary options for your guests. A vegan diet is inclusive of many dietary preferences, including vegetarian, Halal, pescetarian, Kosher, flexitarian, etc. You could even choose an entirely gluten-free menu to ensure the menu is suitable for everyone.

Wedding catering hack number 1 is also great for showing people just how unrestricted and exciting dietary preferences can be!

A catering team serving budget-friendly food at a wedding

2. Choose 100% vegan wedding caterers

If you’re opting for a vegan menu, then you’ll definitely want to choose plant-based wedding caterers! They’re usually much cheaper since non-vegan caterers will need to buy ingredients they don't usually use (e.g. aquafaba, nooch, etc.), which means you'll probably save money by going with a 100% vegan caterer!

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A few buffet dishes containing cheap but delicious wedding food

3. Put on a stand-up feast (buffet style)

Anyone who has researched wedding catering will know that there are numerous styles to suit your tastes and chosen budget. Buffet style is perhaps the cheapest because you won’t need to hire as many catering staff to serve the food and you’ll save money on furniture hire and dinner table decorations. This fun alternative to a sit-down meal will encourage your guests to mingle and will allow them to pick which food they love the most!

A diagram of Thore Hildebrandt demonstrating one great wedding catering hack, saving food from supermarkets to create zero waste meals

4. Try a zero-waste wedding

Whether you’re looking to save some money or hoping to lower your impact on the planet (or both), zero-waste wedding catering might be the hack for you! Some caterers, such as Thore Hildebrandt, work in collaboration with organizations to reduce their food waste, which means they are sometimes able to get their hands on delicious food surplus suitable for catering.

BOOK THORE FOR YOUR WEDDING

The random selection of ingredients can make for a fun and exciting wedding menu and might inspire a few of your guests to become food waste warriors! Just remember that, whilst this may be a cheaper option than getting your caterer to use “premium” ingredients, this food is not free; there are many costs involved in saving food from landfill. Nevertheless, it’s certainly budget-friendly!

A crate of beer cans, a BYOB catering hack

5. BYOB

By choosing a venue that allows you to bring your own booze (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), you can buy your wedding drinks in bulk and save heaps of money! What’s more, if you don’t make it through all of your bottles of wine or spirits, you could even return them after the big event. Alternatively, talk to your caterer about this wedding catering hack because they may be happy to organize this for you.

A signature cocktail with ice and a citrus slice, being garnished with a fuschia flower

6. Limit wedding bar options

Open bars are a popular choice at weddings but they can be very expensive! We know you want to fuel your guests with free drinks so, instead of opting for a cash bar, why not simply limit the open bar options to a few types of alcohol and soft drinks, such as beer, wine, and juice? You could also close the open bar after the cocktail hour and opt for a cash bar during the reception.

For alcohol-free weddings, instead of providing loads of choices, you could serve one or two signature alcohol-free cocktails, such as this non-alcoholic Negroni.

Ditch the champagne toast to save money

7. Replace the champagne toast

Break from tradition with this wedding catering hack and get your guests to toast with their beverage of choice. Not everyone likes or wants to drink champagne and it’s a pretty huge waste of money when you’re left with dozens of untouched or half-drunk champagne glasses at the end of your big day.

The bride is cutting her vegan wedding cake whilst the groom chats to a young flower girl

8. Tame your cake

We know it can be tempting to order a huge Marie Antoinette inspired wedding cake with 8 tiers, edible white fondant roses, and glittery ombre icing BUT (and this is a big but) the main centrepiece of the wedding is you, the happy couple. Therefore, we recommend opting for a simple (but delicious) cake to reduce costs.

That doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Just check out these mouthwatering vegan cakes for inspiration.


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Alice Johnson

Alice Johnson

Content Writer

A fungi enthusiast with a pun-chent for writing lighthearted and entertaining copy. When she’s not typing, you can find her lifting weights or escaping to other worlds, whether that’s via travel, books, anime or RPGs.




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