Planning for the big day can be fun, too.
By Lidia Ryan
Updated on 11/15/21
...Another big chunk of the budget might go to food. Kimberley Ashlee, owner and chef at Kimberley Ashlee Catering, creates custom, personal menus for weddings. Her clients tend to be couples who are prioritizing food at their event. “I hope that we’ve been a part of changing people’s minds that wedding food can be just as good as when you go to a fine dining restaurant,” she says. “But, in order to set those expectations—to get that level of sophistication—it requires more labor and that translates to higher cost per person.”
And, she says, price fluctuations throughout the pandemic have made budgeting for the menu even more challenging. She has seen clients who moved their wedding dates and now, because of inflation, their original menu is double the price. She says she has been able to work with clients to come up with solutions like substituting proteins and having a shorter cocktail hour so you don’t have to have as many hors d'oeuvres.
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