Imagine the event coordinator’s eyes rolling back in his head, asking you to give him a minute while he swears under his breath. Or you are at a wedding reception and the tent people walk out the door without giving you any warning. Or perhaps you just can’t understand why your marquee mains tap has a slow leak.
There are several simple ways to reduce the amount of money you spend on your food and beverage fittings, while ensuring you get the most out of them.
Your equipment should last
When you purchase your equipment, think about the budget you have to spend and what you can afford. If it’s a marquee or marquee components, then you have to bear in mind the price you can comfortably pay. It’s always possible to spend a little extra on equipment, but you also need to think about how much your equipment is worth to you.
This means you need to make a good, informed decision on what you want and can afford. And that doesn’t just mean the price tag. You need to look at the longevity of the item and the quality of the product.
Can you afford to have your marquee outfitted with cheap equipment that wears out quickly and doesn’t last? If you purchase a mains tap that will only last three or four years, can you afford it?
Make sure your equipment is as durable as possible. This means spending a little more upfront and regularly inspecting your items. This will save you money in the long run.
Also,food and beverage fittings equipment breaks, don’t have it fixed by the same company who installed it. Instead, use another reputable company to ensure that your equipment isn’t just being fixed but is being replaced with a high-quality item that will last.
Use consumables sparingly
You don’t need to spend a fortune on these items and in fact you’d be better to spend your money elsewhere.
What you do need to do is make sure you use these items to the maximum, which means using them only when they are needed. If you find that you are wasting consumables such as cups or plates, make sure you are using them just once, then replacing them with new products. You might need to look at purchasing reusable cups, plates and tableware.
Beware of expensive premade food
Whether you’re buying your supplies at an event supplier or at a supermarket, you need to be aware of what you are paying for.
When you buy premade food in packages, think about how much food is being stored and how much you actually consume. Premade food is often stored for months, so you need to ensure that it’s something you can actually use within your budget.
Make sure that you are only purchasing food that you will be able to eat within a reasonable amount of time. If you purchase a tub of premade fruit salad, think about how much fruit is being stored. You should have the option of adding your own fruits, so you’re not wasting money on a tub of fruit salad that you’ll never eat. And don’t let your venue make you feel guilty about eating food that is purchased in this way. Instead, look at it as an investment in your event.