DIY Food for 20 people at $15 per person

posted 2 years ago in Food
Post # 2
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

frywedding2015: What kind of food are you thinking? You say steak – do you want to have steak or something similar at the wedding? If so, I think you may struggle to find that for $15 a person. However if you do a luncheon, sub sandwiches, potato salad and other sides from a grocery store can definitely be done for under $300 total and would be filling and delicious. Also low key, set it out and forget about it – no one has to be prepping or refilling. 

Post # 3
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Places like outback, redlobster, applebees will do car side to go dinners we did this at outback i believe a few years back for like 12 people when my papa was in the hospital on New Years we brought him his favorite foods and all had dinner there if you can get someone to pick up i know outback for sure will take orders in advance 

Post # 4
769 posts
Busy bee

Are you able to go to Costco or places the like? You can get great deals there on meat, drinks, veggies, etc. 

Post # 6
3195 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What about roast chicken? That will be cheaper than steak. 

You could also get married in the morning and serve brunch. That would keep costs down. 

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

frywedding2015:  Where do you live? A lot of restaurants will do group carryout menus, especially for business lunches. You could easily do mexican or italian for that budget.

I am sure you can find better options at a mom and pop restaurant, but without knowing your location, here are some options:

Olive Garden: Five Cheese Ziti with breadsticks and salad (12.50 pp) or Lasagna ($14 pp).

Outback: 6oz steak with two sides ($12 pp) or steak and shrimp ($15pp)

Just remember that you will need to get plates, forks, and such (unless you want to eat out of styrofoam!


Post # 8
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Call the restaurants by you, or stop by in person and inquire. I guarantee there is some restaurant in your area that does catering trays for a reasonable price.

Post # 10
42919 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

frywedding2015:  Are there any cooking facilities at your venue?

Have you thought about a food truck?

Post # 11
42919 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are Culinary Arts and Baking programs at Florida Technical College. They have a campus in Kissimmee. Try contacting theme to see if they have any students/intsructors who would be interested or who need a project.

Post # 12
3136 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did similar. We just preordered takeaway from a local Indian restaurant. It was cheap and fun. We picked up the food after the ceremony. All we did was email the restaurants menu to all of out guests, they picked, we ordered the day before. And then picked it up in our wedding gear!

Post # 14
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I don’t know if this is something you are interested in, but you could order Chipotle catering. It would fit in your budget, and they have it where your guests can make their own burritos. It’s pretty fun, and you will generally have just some leftovers.

Post # 15
6712 posts
Bee Keeper

Some fancy grocery stores have catering of a variety of things, maybe hot appetizers.

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