1. We recommend serving a punch or juice after the ceremony together with some light canapes as wedding guests often arrive hungry!

2. If you are having a cocktail hour, consider serving your starter with the drinks, it will give you more time to party at the reception! A harvest table starter is a great idea.

3. Cutting your wedding cake straight after the ceremony and serving it with tea and coffee is both popular and a great cost-saving idea. It also makes your wedding cake an important part of the day. Alternatively, you can serve your wedding cake as your dessert, which will also help with the wedding budget.

4. Remember to make allowance for a simple meal to be served to the service staff on the day, eg: waitrons, bar staff, car guards and security personnel. A simple, reasonably priced meal, such as a lasagne and rolls, will make for happy staff who will then go the extra mile to make your wedding a huge success!

5. Most caterers will not allow you to supplement their catering with your own food, apart from the wedding cake, sweets, and candies. You shouldn’t feel offended by this. Most caterers (and your guests) will be covered by some sort of public liability insurance and your supplying part of the meal will just complicate matters.