Skip the main course.
You don’t want them and you don’t need them, to be honest. There are a lot of ways for you to ensure that your guests for the wedding are still fed well enough without having to go for the costly main courses. When you go for something like this, you don’t really have that much of a choice but to go for a per head type of costing. The thing about this is that your options will turn out to be very limited in the end of it all and you wouldn’t want that especially if you are trying to work with some type of budget at some point or so. The better option would be for you to go for food stations instead. The food will be bountiful enough to feed everyone in your wedding party including vendors like your professional Minneapolis wedding photographer and you wouldn’t have to make a run for your money while you are at it. Food stations also give the whole wedding reception party a homey kind of vibe, similar to how potlucks are. Weddings are supposed to be intimate anyway so you can be rest assured of the fact that it will all work out for you in the end of it all.
Offer a curated bar.
Don’t allow your guests to pay for their own drinks. It comes off as a little tacky and as if you don’t really have enough cash to get them their drinks in the first place. The smarter way to go would be for you to have a limited selection of beers and wines so that you don’t end up overspending for the drinks in the first place. Also make sure that your bar is tended accordingly. Have 1 bartender set up for roughly around 50 guests or so in order for the lines to be managed efficiently and effectively.
Skip the champagne.
Or at best, save it until the later part of the celebration so that you will be able to minimize the consumption and in the same fashion, minimize your costs for the reception altogether. It’s either that or you can go for the cheaper option of a sparkling wine or something fairly similar to that.
Have a vendors’ meal menu.
If you want to stick to a main course type of menu but don’t want to pay for your vendors’ meal on a per head basis, getting your caterer to give you a separate value menu will do. Your Minneapolis wedding photographer and the rest of the people who are on deck during the day of the wedding will appreciate the fact that you have enough foresight to go through with this and to make sure that they are not neglected and at the same time, you get to do your pockets a favour because they wouldn’t cost as much money as the main course meals. Every caterer is bound to have one. You just need to ask about it.