(Closed) Alternative Catering Ideas?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

How about just serving hors d’oeuvres? I have heard of pot luck weddings too, where everyone invited brings a dish. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Could you look into grocery store or speciality store catering?  I know Mrs. DG (another poster on Weddingbee) had her reception catered by a butcher shop.  All of her food sounded amazing, and it sounded like she saved quite a bit on costs.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Jennarationnext posted a thought about having a gourmet burger bar. You can skip the “gourmet” and just have a burger bar too. I’d love that at a wedding. It would be really different and fun.

Here’s the post

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

What about doing a bbq-type event?  too casual for you?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re having mini-entree stations at our wedding but one of the stations MUST BE a taco bar.  I would assume that would be relatively inexpensive. We always have a taco night each week so it’s ‘our’ thing which is why we’re doing it.  I see the tortilla chips broken in a martini class and then go along the bar to put whatever you want in the glass.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My sister bought all of the food at Sams Club that she needed and then had a friend (who offered of course) cooked it all.  It was all buffet style and saved her a TON!!!

For us, my mom is taking off for a week before my wedding to help out.  We are going to get what we want from Sams Club and then have a heavy app reception.  I think we had it calculated at one point to less than $5/ head.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

how about a favorite foods type bar? you could have burgers and tacos and nachos … and PIZZA!!! (i’m a junk food junkie)….

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

What about having the caterer do the main dish only and doing all of the sides, apetisers, and desserts on your own? 

Post # 11
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Honey bee

Local restaurants are going to be your cheapest bet. Ethnic restaurants or Boston Market are obviously going to be on the lower end of the price scale but the food isn’t any lower quality at all. Otherwise, move the reception to a non-meal time and serve desserts only. While a potluck may be ok for a family reunion, it’s not considered ok by most people at a wedding, simply because the bride and groom as hosts are fully responsible for paying for the food within their means. If they can’t afford something, they either need to cut the guest list or find an alternative they can afford so that guests do not open their wallets for any reason, as that is a breach of etiquette. Also, most venues are prohibited by laws the local health dept has set in place from allowing any homemade food to be brought in or anything that does not come from a licensed caterer.

Post # 13
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Honey bee

@Jduck, that sounds yummy! I remember reading that post and it looked so good and it’s something that nearly everyone loves.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

clambake! really. just get a bunch of seafood, some chicken, and side dishes. it would be so casual and fun.

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