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10 Apr

Wedding food ideas on a budget

Apart from the jewellery and trousseau, menu planning is one of the biggest concerns at a wedding. We help you out with concise pointers from industry experts

The big, fat Indian wedding is incomplete without a scrumptious meal. It not only forms a very large part of the wedding budget, but getting it right is critical to the success of the day because apart from fondly remembering how lovely the couple looked, the one other thing that sticks in the minds of guests is what the food was like.


Buffet vs. Bite-size

Never exclude Indian food from the menu. Today’s younger generation may prefer eating snack bites, but the elders in the family would opt for the traditional cuisine any day. A trend that has taken off in recent years is serving heavy appetisers instead of a meal, so refer to your guest-list and see if this option is feasible. Generally people think that a buffet is more expensive than the traditional sit-down meal, as guests will eat more food, but it would be wise to check the prices of both, sit-down as well as buffet and then take a final call.


Variety and health-consciousness

Arrange for options to suit variety of taste buds. Also, opt for lighter food options over something that is oily and fattening, as people nowadays have become increasingly health-conscious. Therefore, provide an option for your guests through a good, healthy salad section, for instance.


Catering to choices

To make the chore of planning easier, sometimes couples choose to pick a venue and opt for them to handle everything; from décor to catering. You should make sure the venue allows you to use a caterer of your choice. Also, avoid live counters as they entail extra costs and are time consuming.

Menu planning

Make sure you do not serve anything out of season because that would increase the cost enormously. Every course should complement each other, right from the welcome drink and starters to the mains and desserts. Avoid setting the menu as per individual preferences because it is impossible to keep everyone happy. The number of people attending the function should be confirmed before-hand. It helps avoid cooking extra food and wastage.

— With inputs from Chef Deepa Awchat, Goa Portuguesa

In a nutshell

Arguably, getting the menu planned within a set budget is a challenge most couples face because to-be-weds today want something unique, but within their budget constraints. When you’re on a tight budget and are looking to balance the good and the reasonably priced, especially when it comes to your menu, canapes and finger foods are the best options. They not only fall under the trend of bite-sized servings, but also allow for more variety in taste making them an interesting part of the menu. You can choose from a host of options such as mini sliders, flat breads, mini pizzas, etc. This type of menu is the perfect fit for cocktail parties and sangeets where fuss-free food allows for mingling and socialising. It’s important to keep in mind that menus should use locally sourced ingredients to keep costs at bay. While variety is important, it is necessary to not go overboard with a surfeit of dishes.

— With inputs from Executive Chef Amit Bhatia, The Sassy Teaspoon

Lead Photo: Levo Restaurant And Lounge

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