Find a reception center that will let you bring your own food.
If you are on a tight budget it will be important to limit the amount of money you have to spend on food. Often a reception center will not allow outside caterers or outside food. There are even some that will require you to spend a certain amount on their catering. If you want to serve food and cannot afford an extra thousand dollars or so, find a place that will let you bring in your own food. “Easier said than done,” you tell me? we know. We were once in your situation. To get you started and to prove that they do exist, we will give you some examples that we have had first hand experience with.
The Grand Ballroom in Bountiful is a very cute theater converted into a reception hall. They have reasonable prices and they will let you bring in pre-packaged food to serve. On their website they say you need to pay for their servers at $200, but you might still be able to get around that by having someone with a food handlers permit in the Kitchen.
Another option is Chateau Faire in Holladay. You can bring your own food in, but you will have to talk to them about the requirements. Schedule an appointment to check the place out. They have the cutest little building tucked away in the trees, right off the main road. The rooms have been opened up to allow for a modest crowd. The place is cute!
Your last resort is your local LDS cultural hall, your local community center, a neighbor’s beautiful back yard, or a local park with good facilities. Be careful when using a cultural hall or community center for your reception, though. You will need to make sure you are not spending more for decorations than you would for a pre-decorated reception hall. We have seen this happen (over $2,000 of decorations in a cultural hall). If that is your dream, though, then go for it! Just do it for the right reason.
Guest Writers – Blake & Amanda Campbell of Campbell Photography