1. At the cocktail hour save costs by hand passing pricier appetizers, like shrimp, scallops or other seafood items. When guests self serve, they usually consume 40 percent more. Wedding food that won't bore your guests ►
2. Comparison shop for cocktail-party seafood. Calamari and mussels are usually half the price of shrimp cocktail. Your caterer should be able to offer guidance about other lower-cost selections.
3. Two kinds of stations to skip: first, the raw bar, which will be over-the-top expensive; second: a carving station. Prime rib, ham and pork loin are too heavy — and costly — for cocktail hour fare.
4. Before deciding on a seafood entrée, find out from the caterer what will be in season at the time of your wedding—a seasonal choice will save you hundreds of dollars. Likewise for meat: Select one that will come at a reasonable cost when you’re tying the knot.
Photo Credit: Sherman Chu / Wedding Planner: Sasha Souza Events