Post # 1
My friend is getting married and she’s keeping it small and on a budget. Maybe 20 people if we are lucky. She will be married in her backyard with no professional photographer(can’t afford one). I am officiating. We are asking my family to donate banquet style tables And we are going to have mixed matched chairs because no one has twenty chairs.
We were thinking of a cake and punch reception. It seems like the easiest thing to do. We thought cake, cookies, punch, soda, and water after her 2 PM ceremony. Are we forgetting anything? Some people suggested crackers and cheese. Or should we have other food options? There is no one that is gluten-free or any other such dietary restrictions. It will be outside in Sept. in Upstate NY. The weather could be nice. It could bad.
I know this isn’t the usual wedding questions, but my friend is on a super tight budget but still wants a little something.
How does that sound? Are we okay? Have we forgotten anything?
Post # 2
My sister just had her engagement party in my parent’s backyard. It was for 110, and the mismatched tables were find. We borrowed all of our neighbours’ patio furniture. She didn’t have any centrepieces or anything. We did a little reception table with a photograph of her and her fiance, a guest book, and a basket for cards (it was a basket for holding toilet paper that we stole from the washroom). We took a bench from the front yard, put it under a tree, bought these “LOVE” balloons ($7 CAD) and a bunch of helium ballons ($20 CAD) to put with the bench, and that was the extent of the decorations.
If she can afford cheese, that would be great. It’s nice to have something a little substantial. Maybe check out Costco for some hors d’ouevres? I’ve hosted dinner parties at my house on a budget and dumplings, mini quiches and spring rolls are a great option.
Post # 3
Sounds lovely! I would definitely include coffee and tea as well. I think crackers and cheese would be nice if budget allows but not really necessary. Also, when you say its outside but the weather could be bad, what is the rain plan?
Post # 4
Sounds just fine. I’m always a fan of having at least a savory nibble and something that’s not just a sugar carb bomb so I would probably add cheese and crackers and a small fruit tray (just those ones in the deli section at the grocery), but you don’t have to if the budget is that tight.
Post # 5
If possible budget-wise, perhaps some veggie & fruit tray and cold cuts to complement the cheese and crackers?VictorianChick :
Post # 6
VictorianChick : I’d add some fruit if it’s feasible. Just how tight a budget is it? We had 34 guests and I doubt we spent more than 500 on food, if that, between two meals. If she wants to do tacos for example, she might be able to pull it off, prepping ahead of time. Not that there’s anything wrong with her plan, just wondered if she wanted to do more and is more able than she thinks.
Post # 7
Light refreshments are perfectly adequate after a 2pm ceremony. If it weren’t for her wedding, no one would be eating a meal at 2:30 in the afternoon.
Post # 8
Fruit to go w the cheese and crackers
Post # 9
If she can add some cheese & fruit and at least iced tea (can make sun tea ahead and add some fresh fruit to the pitchers to take it up a level) that would round things out. Coffee if possible. She can order a cheese & fruit tray at the grocery store and transfer it onto a pretty platter. There is nothing wrong with mismatched chairs, it can be quite charming. Encourage guests to take photos and share them with the bride and groom. Enjoy!
Post # 10
It sounds just lovely as is if the weather is good. Do you have a back-up plan if it’s not? If not, you need one.
Post # 11
Something savory & fruit platter
Post # 12
It sounds lovely as is. I would add coffee and tea if possible, and a veggie/fruit tray. I made my own veggie and fruit trays for my wedding for very cheap, and it took me and a few family members only a few minutes to cut everything up. But if she can’t afford it what she has planned is just fine.
Post # 13
Thanks, everyone. By tea do you mean ice tea or warm tea? Good idea about the fruit and cheese and crackers are super easy.
sapphire27 : She is buying a tent off of Amazon. It should be big enough for everyone 🙂
minnewanka : My friend doesnt have an oven at her apartment. Im not sure she has a toaster oven either, to be honest. Unfortunately, we are doing everything, her family isn’t helping out so either she or I would be cooking and running down two flights of stairs..if she has a toaster oven 🙁
skunktastic : Well, I’ll be honest. I don’t know what the budget is. But she bought her dress from Torrid(I think its called) and she opted out of a traditional wedding dress. And most things she is trying to borrow. I told her I’d pick up the tab for cookies and cupcakes. I think if she can do everything for 500 and under she would be happy and that includes flowers and everything.
Post # 14
If she lives in an apartment does that mean it is a communal backyard or is she a ground floor unit with a courtyard backyard type of thing? If it is communal and even if the building manager etc has approved it I would suggest she talk to her neighbours just to be polite.
As a diabetic I would appreciate something other than sugar loaded foods to eat. A platter or two of dips, vegie sticks and crackers would be my suggestion.VictorianChick :
Post # 15
j_jaye : Her fiancee father owns the house which has two apartments in it. So there are no issues there. The backyard is quite large.
I will mention the veggies. But due to money restrictions, we may only be able to have one dip.