Food ideas for DIY/budget wedding: input please!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Where in New England do you want to get married?  I know your question is about food but do you have a venue?  Like if the field doesn’t work out…?


Anyway, we got married in Portsmouth, NH.  For our rehearsal dinner, we rented the big pavilian at Stratham Hill Park, in Stratham, NH, for $150 for the entire day.  Their policy is basically just clean up after yourself — you can bring anything, including alcohol.  They had electricity, so you could plug things in if you wanted, and bathrooms right there.  

For food for that, we had Moe’s Italian Sandwiches and Mini lobster rolls from the Beach Plum…total cost for food was about $400 for 75 people.  

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think this sounds like a great idea.

I am on a small budget, higher than yours but definantly still a budget. [we’re hoping to spend under 22k, with rings, honeymoon & all parties/festivities].

We are actually having the bulk of our dinner catered by fazolis, our menu consists of :



cherry apply almost salad

classic ceasar salad

[salads will be buffet style, and have an assortment of toppings & dressings]



classic chicken noodle

[vegetarian] vegetable

itailian style wedding

[there will also be an assortment of bread bowls & buns available, as well as a bowl of breadsticks on every table]




roasted chicken


toasted ravioli [kid friendly]

cheese stuffed pizza sticks [kid friendly]



twice baked lasagna

baked ziti

chicken brocolli penne

baked chicken penne & pepper


for dessert we’ll be having wedding cake & a dessert/candy buffet.


Post # 5
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Creiddylad:  I think our menu sounds great. You can get 4 large pans of lasagna in one oven, 12 in 3 ovens if you don’t need the space for the other option. Each pan would serve 8 people so that is 96 pieces of lasgana.

I would make sure to hire someone to do the baking/ reheating and transport of the pans of lasagne. This is not a job that should take any of you away from the wedding.

You could do a veggie chili recipe for a gluten free option.

If you are trying to keep costs down, I wouldn’t even bother with the meat lasagne.

Post # 8
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Creiddylad:  Tent rentals can be VERY expensive…I would check into that now so you can easily do cost comparisons when you meet with Summer Camp Guy.  I AM SO JEALOUS YOU LIVE IN NORTHERN VERMONT by the way.  Also I know it’s not Northern Vermont but I went to Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, Vermont, for years…it’s near White River Junction.  

I think the idea of an awesome, veggie rich salad sounds great.  You could add some sort of local cheese…  That doesn’t involve a lot of cooking, either.  Then you could have the lasagna you mentioned.  If you have a tent, you could get those trays with those little blue fires under them.  And then some growlers of Hill Farmstead and some cans of Heady Topper and…I’ll PM you my address so I can RSVP immediately.  =)

Post # 9
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Creiddylad:  Most people wouldn’t even notice the absence of meat in a really good veggie lasagna. Meat is what drives up the cost of the dish.

Post # 11
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that is an EXCELLENT menu. We did lasagnas for our rehearsal dinner. DH’s mom got all her “ladies” to volunteer to make a lasgna or salad. It worked out really well.:) 


Post # 12
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Creiddylad:  I know you want to keep costs down, and do it yourself, but some things being done for you make everything SO much easier.  Also, you have a lot of time to plan.  You can save another couple of thousand dollars between now and your wedding…so to me, it makes sense to plan to have things done for you to make the day easier.  

For example…I planned to do all my own flowers.  We ordered them online, and I thought — great, when they’re at my parents’ house, I’ll snip the stems and put them in the jars I painted, and it’ll be awesome.  Um…no.  What actually happened was the boxes of flowers arrived, and I froze.  I told my mom or my best friend or SOMEONE something like, “I cannot do the flowers.  I just can’t.”  If I had had to do them myself, at that point, there would have been no flowers at the wedding.  So, my maid of honor/best friend, other best friend, and this random girl I invited at the last minute stepped up and put together all the centerpieces and bouquets, and even made boutonnieres for my dad and grandfather.  Having someone do things for you will seriously make everything easier!!


Oh…there always seem to be a lot of teaching jobs available in Vermont.  Are you interested in that at all?

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