(Closed) Cutting costs with food

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3942 posts
Honey bee

I think it depends on a lot of different factors, especially the time of day.

Have you thought of having a morning ceremony with a breakfast/brunch? You could do eggs, bacon/sausage, pancakes, fruit salad, etc. for a lot less money than a dinner.


Post # 4
11259 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@roxirose:  i think that if you are having a casual wedding having finger foods and make your own sandwiches is a great idea.  what type of venue have you booked?  will they allow for you to bring in your own food?  that will save you a lot of money.  pulled pork can be an inexpensive sandwich option as opposed to cold cuts.

Post # 5
4042 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

You could always have an early afternoon reception with just dessert, drinks, and maybe a few snack-type foods. Or a late reception after dinnertime with just dessert and drinks. If you’re cutting costs on food though, just make sure your guests will not be at the ceremony or reception during a meal time!

Post # 6
28 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

When I first started planning, I wanted to do a lunch reception at a place that was completely DIY. I was planning to bring in sandwiches (already made), chips, dips, cheese tray, fruit salad, and a veggie tray. All of those are easy to find cheap, do not require any heat or anyone to serve them, and are yummy. My wedding ended up being much bigger than a planned, so I abadoned that idea, although sometimes I wish I had stuck to it. 

Post # 8
539 posts
Busy bee

@roxirose:  In our area, appetizers would have actually ended up costing us more than serving a meal. I think the sandwich station is great. Our friends had this at their wedding and was a huge hit…served with chips and a few side salads.

Post # 10
2997 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

i love cucumber and dill sandwiches with open faced on rye or on white bakery bread.  they are filling and they look elegant especially when served on silver (or something that looks like silver) trays

Post # 11
9791 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think build your own sandwiches would be fine as long as you have a good assortment and it’s good quality.  You can add in extras like hot pepper spread, hummus, etc so that people can be more creative.  Pulled pork is also a good idea because it’s cheap and easy to make.

What do you mean by snack type foods???

Post # 12
11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@roxirose: Depends what time of day you’re wedding is. If it’s during a meal time then I think you need to feed people a proper meal.  I’d cut guests before I’d cut food or anything else to make guests comfortable.  The reception is your way of thanking your guets for coming to your wedding, so I’d like my guests to feel as though their presence is greatly appreciated.

Post # 14
11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@roxirose:  I’d def go the sandwich platter route then (not just having a few snacks like cheese and crackers!) – you should be able to get some nice but reasonably priced deli platters at the grocery store. You can make some big salads, too and some sides – pasta salad, etc.  

Post # 15
26 posts

For me, since I had people travelling long distance, I felt pressured to give them a full meal.  Try BBQ.  You could even have a picnic theme. 

I’ve also heard of a cocktail reception.  Serve prosecco, homemade appetizers (to make it more fancy) and cupcakes.  Appetizers could be real simple like shrimp cocktail, crackers with some fancy cheese like boursin and ham and a little sprig of parsley on top, stuffed mushrooms and bruchetta.  

For me, I’d worry about lunchmeat spoiling if it was out in the open. 

But really, it’s all about presentation.  You could serve whatever and if it’s presented well, no one cares. 


Post # 16
8570 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

i would say either go with just a dessert reception, or a cocktail hour.

food really isn’t something you should try to cut too much, finding a great price is wonderful, but at the same time, you dont want to look “too cheap”. and you want your guests to have a great time.

Ive been to a wedding where it was around dusk ,and after the ceremony there was a dessert reception then everyone went home. Most everyone ate before they went to the wedding.

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