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The zero-waste approach

Plan well to cut catering costs in your wedding.

entertainment Updated: Mar 04, 2011 00:39 IST

Cut catering costs

Choose wisely:
Choose a mid-range caterer. Meet different caterers and compare their prices before you settle on one

More is less:
In order to cut on the expenses on food, wedding caterers suggest increasing the number of cuisines. “More cuisines will have fewer dishes in each. This helps keep the budget in control,” says Sonal Nanda of Grand F&B, a wedding organising firm

Tank up on snacks:
“People look forward to small eats — kebabs, tikkas, spring rolls, etc. We serve a larger number of snacks and keep the main course in check, this reduces any surplus,” says Anil Tandon of Cloud 9 Hospitality

Fun food:
“Guests enjoy live pasta counters and elaborate salad choices. Having more such options is a good idea,” adds Tandon

Trim your guestlist

Keep it close:
Invite only close relatives and take friends and colleagues out for a treat

Divide the guests:
Call some for mehndi and some for the wedding. You could call your friends for your cocktail party

No obligations:
Don’t invite people just because you were invited to their wedding. You gave them a gift, it’s over!

Check out websites, such as, and — that help you customise a budget wedding