Post # 1
I had wonderful plans of doing an Italian style buffet that just didn’t pan out. Once I met with the caterer literally thousands of dollars of extra and hidden costs came out and I ran — crying.
So, I went back to the drawing board and found a caterer with wonderful reviews that is in our price range (trying to stick to about $10 per person). Our food budget is very small and therefore very tricky to find someone we can afford. This guy has a lot of food options, but most of them are simple, southern stuff (but with beautiful presentation).
Now we are in Alabama, so I doubt anyone will have qualms with the food itself, but bees help me out, will the simple food in the wedding setting be ok?
Here’s what I’m thinking: Chicken tenders w/ sauces, mac and cheese, mashed potato bar, fruit and cheese display, maybe a spinich and artichoke dip with pita chips. I know it’s a little hodge-podge, but what do you think?
Our wedding theme is simplicity. We are both easy going, laid back, simple people. We are not doing an extravagent affair that costs tens of thousands of dollars. We are on a $7000 budget and keeping it clean and simple.
Post # 3
I’m assuming most of your family and friends are the same type of people as you so I say why the heck not? It’s your wedding, do what makes you happy; I don’t think there is any sense in stressing over expensive food if it’s not what you want 🙂
Post # 4
I don’t think chicken tenders would be suitable unless it’s seriously backyard style.
But that’s just my opinion.
Post # 5
@The_Future_KB: Could you have them cater the meat and hot sides and have family pot-luck the rest? If you are going for a simple affair, a bit of potluck sounds like it would fit in and compliment both your menu and budget quite nicely.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Have you checked with local Italian restaurants to see if you can order individual trays of pasta and salad? I have found that is usually a really cheap option compared to traditional catering. I once ordered chicken marsala for 40 for around $50 (two trays at $25 per tray with each tray feeding 20 persons.) They also offered lasagna, baked ziti, and spagetti with meatball marinara sauce as well as caeser and house salad trays.
For our wedding, we are ordering BBQ by the pound and sides by the gallon from a local BBQ restaurant instead of traditional catering. Our average cost per person is around $10-12 per person but I think we will have a lot leftover since I tend to over order a bit. Traditional catering was going to cost us an extra $10 per head so we decided to go with the trays instead.
Post # 7
@The_Future_KB: It sounds great! We did something similar (fried chicken, bbq, mac n cheese, green beans, etc.) and everyone raved about the food. I think it was way better than the usual “wedding food”.
Post # 8
@LilRhodyGem: Our venue is about 45 minutes away from the city most of our relatives live in, and quite a few of them are driving in from Florida, so I don’t think we could guarantee hot food if we did potluck.
@beachbride1216: Yes, many of them are in our budget on first look, but when talkign to them it turns out the serving size they advertise is 3 oz, about the size of an ice cream scoop. We’d have to order double to triple what we were expecting and it got too expensive.
Also, our wedding is on a Sunday so some places that would be good, are not open for business, and would only open on Sun for 500+ people, and our 100 is no where close to that. I would consider BBQ, but many of FI’s family don’t like it.
@MrsTillerResq: That’s great! I’m hoping we can do it and pull it off. Obviously it’s not fine dining or extravagent cuisine, but I don’t want to go broke feeding people!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I checked your last option cause that’s basically my wedding food & drink philosophy 😉 But I would definitely eat that, it sounds yummy!
Just make sure there are *some* healthy options too? At least a green salad, and maybe some sort of cooked but not super unhealthy veggie side dish?
Post # 10
@lolot: Great suggestion, thank you. Many of the foods are pretty heavy, so you’re definitely right about something more light/healthy. Thanks!
Post # 12
Could you do something else instead of chicken tenders? That’s the only thing that sounds a bit…like a kid’s meal.
Post # 13
@beachbride1216: I should look into this! Thanks for the tip. We are thinking about BBQ, too, but it seems if you have it catered traditionally it’s $15-$23 a head around here.
Post # 14
@The_Future_KB: I personally would love to eat chicken tenders at a wedding, in fact your whole menu sounds awesome to me; but, I agree with other PPs, chicken tenders don’t seem like “wedding” food. Could you do some other southern dish (i.e. shrimp n’ grits, deep fried turkey, etc)? I’m in NC, so our go to was Bbq for our welcome dinner.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@DomesticDiva: Our cost went from $1300 for catered (no employees, just included delivery and setup) to $600 for trays. We have to spend and additional $100 on heated serving trays but I found them at Party City super cheap with the butane heaters included. Well worth the savings!
Post # 16
Hmmm…not a fan of the chicken tenders either. Reminds me of a kids meal. I’d MUCH prefer BBQ. You can get BBQ dropped off here (so buffet style, throw away containers) for $10-$12 a person. It’s more expensive to have them stay and man it themselves.
Oh, and I’d say you really should have a veggie or salad.