(Closed) Cheap dinner without fuss for wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Pasta bars are inexpensive, hold well, easily servable, and filling. With the pasta bar, you could have different kinds of sauces like Creamy Vodka Garlic Alfredo, and Basil and Olive pesto, etc. Something that adds a touch of class and flavor so it doesn’t feel like spaghetti in a cafeteria line. You could do side salad or roasted veggies for something green. Offer broasted chicken breasts or goat cheese meatballs for a protein. (sounds fancy, really isn’t). Your cost would stay down and everyone would leave full.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

mmmmmmm……. pasta! 🙂 You could also do Chinese food (fried rices, lomein, etc; Indian food (this may be a bit too “ethnic” for some people’s palette); Mexican food (assemble your own tacos/burritos/carnitas/etc. … think about how popular Chipotle and Qdoba are!); Afghan (kabobs, naan, samosas = heaven to me)…. okay, now I’m hungry!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

We are doing pasta for our wedding. It is inexpensive and yummy! Who doesnt love pasta! We are having salad, bread, pasta and meatballs. Its cheap for our little budget and is food that will fill you up!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ours is BBQ (chicken, ribs, 3 sides, cornbread, sweet tea, and lemonade) for $10.99 per person, fully catered, served buffet style by Famous Dave’s.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We did our rehearsal dinner for 40 people with a combination of hot appetizers and pizza from BJ’s Brewhouse and beer, wine, soda and cold appetizers from Costco.  BJ’s pizza is a bit thicker and more gourmet, so we thought our guests would dig it.  We got veggie and cheese platters, fruit salad, crackers, salsa, guacamole, hummus, tortilla chips, plates and soda for about $100-ish at Costco.  Then we got some catering package with pizza, wings, southwestern eggrolls, and something else from BJs for about $350?  We bought two 24-packs of beer and set out 4 bottles of wine, but obviously not necessary.  I think we spent about $500 total with booze, but we had a TON of food leftover.  We probably could have fed another 10-15 people easily, and BJs is definitely pricier as far as pizza goes, so you could cut that cost down drastically if you get Costco pizza.  (I think their huge pies are like $10 each).

We did virtually the same thing for my bridal shower, except the main entree was croissant sandwiches from Costco and their red velvet cake for dessert.  Each sandwich tray feeds like 16-20 people and cost about $30?  We had a few bottles of $6 prosecco as our bubbly and some sparkling apple cider to drink.  Everyone scarfed it down and we spent probably $120 for 20 people?

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re having catering done by Pizza Ranch, not sure if you have any where you live. They offer pizza, chicken, and side dishes such as mashed potatoes. Cost will come to about $6/person total. If you don’t have anywhere like that nearby, you could always serve pizza on your own? Very kid and vegetarian friendly, too 🙂

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went to an outdoor BBQ reception that was AMAZING! I had so much fun and it was a million times better than some of the fancy sit down meals I’ve had at other receptions. It may be worth it to see if family members would be willing to pitch in with helping to assemble the food.

We are doing a taco bar with some light apps. We could probably do it ourselves but are having it catered. Still, it was one of the cheaper things we could do. Incidently, it was also our dream wedding food. I think if you include the apps,drinks, and cake it’s going to come to about $18 a head. Not too shabby overall. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54: No worries!  The least expensive option was $7 per person, with pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, 2 sides, still full setup.  You might shop around different local restaurants and see what they can do.  Best part, free tastings!  Yay!

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Ginger123: I second a wedding involving Costco! 

Your wedding can be anything you want it to be! Who doesn’t love pizza? Don’t break back or budget over something someone poops out the next day 😉

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I second the pasta bar idea!  We had a local Italian restaurant cater our wedding–very reasonable!  We also considered BBQ.

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