Cost Effective Ways to Serve Breakfast at a South Asian Wedding

South Asians are known for their hospitality. We want our wedding guests, in particular, to feel welcome and comfortable throughout the wedding weekend. A component of that is serving breakfast to your guests.

Venues are happy to work with you to provide solutions that will work within your budget and also ensure their standards. Most venues allow outside catered food for breakfast, however they provide the beverages.

Breakfast Best practices:

Vouchers – this is the easiest way to arrange breakfast. Each voucher is worth a set amount. Pre-distribute vouchers in the welcome bags and guests can enjoy breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. You don’t have to bring in a caterer, nor arrange a room setup, nor worry about the venue’s staff and your caterer refreshing the room. However, they won’t serve chai, nasto and other popular breakfast foods we all love. Instead you’ll get continental, pancakes, cereal etc….but is that so bad? This can get pricey – ranging anywhere from $12+ per person.

We had vouchers at my wedding and it worked out really well. The hotel’s restaurant had a good variety and guests enjoyed it. Our family loved the non-hassle of it – one less thing to worry about.

Hospitality Room – This is what most people do. Most hotels setup one of their meeting rooms, with a handful of tables and a buffet style breakfast provided by your caterer. Depending on what how elaborate the meal is, the venue may charge a room rental fee + a per person fee, similar to how they charge for a lunch or dinner. Keep reading for ways to avoid those additional costs.

Grab N’ Go – Some venues work with you to minimize breakfast costs by allowing you to distribute grab n’ go breakfast. The caterer sets up pre-packaged lunch boxes. This way the hotel’s labor, materials and setup are virtually nothing, so they won’t charge you much – just for the beverages. Guests can take the ore-packaged meals to their rooms, sit by the pool etc.

Though we don’t advocate it (not environmentally friendly), some venues may allow you to serve breakfast in paper/plastic plates etc. so that you avoid the costs of utilizing their china, silverware etc. Just breakfast though, not for other meals.

Ceremony Site Breakfast – some venues will help you save money by setting up breakfast in the ceremony area. This feels like a cocktail hour, where guests can mingle or sit in the ceremony chairs (no tables to put their plates down). The cost savings come in because you’re not occupying additional function space at the venue. That way they don’t have all that setup.

Contact us to get with your venue and we’ll help you setup the best option for you and your guests.


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