Post # 1
We’re trying to stick to a tight budget and are looking to forego standard catering. We’ve talked to a few local restaurants who are willing, but are still open to new ideas. Probably expecting close to 175 people. The site is fairly rustic and right on the water. Any ideas?? 🙂
Post # 3
How about just serving hors d’oeuvres? I have heard of pot luck weddings too, where everyone invited brings a dish.
Post # 4
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
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
What about doing a bbq-type event? too casual for you?
Post # 7
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
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
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
What about having the caterer do the main dish only and doing all of the sides, apetisers, and desserts on your own?
Post # 11
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 # 12
We’re thinking of doing “gourmet” pizza at our wedding. You know, like wood-burning pizza type pizza. I saw a wedding like that on Style Me Pretty, and it looked pretty neat: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2008/12/16/real-wedding-nicole-grant-iv/
Post # 13
@Jduck, that sounds yummy! I remember reading that post and it looked so good and it’s something that nearly everyone loves.
Post # 14
clambake! really. just get a bunch of seafood, some chicken, and side dishes. it would be so casual and fun.