Post # 1
My fiancee and I are having a small intimate wedding with 20 people total, including bridal party. I’m having a tough time figuring out what to do for food that day. We haven’t decided when our ceremony is so it’s possible it could be a luncheon. Many caterers i’ve looked at have minimum dollar amounts so they are out because our budget is fairly small. We have talked about cooking it all ourselves, but I really don’t want to be cooking the day i’m getting married. I’m looking forward to cooking for everyone and sharing food with our families before and after the wedding day, I just don’t want to be grilling steaks in my wedding dress. That being said, I don’t feel comfortable asking anyone else to do this as none of our guests are that comfortable in the kitchen. I’ve contacted several restaurants that are near our reception site, and heard back from no one. I’m having a hard time thinking outside the box on this. Unless my guest list gets smaller, I can’t have anyone else in the reception site. I’d love to have someone else make everything and deliver it, or have someone pick it up. I just dont know where to look. Any suggestions? You all have been so helpful so far whenever I’ve needed advice. Thanks for any suggestions you might have!!
Post # 2
frywedding2015: What kind of food are you thinking? You say steak – do you want to have steak or something similar at the wedding? If so, I think you may struggle to find that for $15 a person. However if you do a luncheon, sub sandwiches, potato salad and other sides from a grocery store can definitely be done for under $300 total and would be filling and delicious. Also low key, set it out and forget about it – no one has to be prepping or refilling.
Post # 3
Places like outback, redlobster, applebees will do car side to go dinners we did this at outback i believe a few years back for like 12 people when my papa was in the hospital on New Years we brought him his favorite foods and all had dinner there if you can get someone to pick up i know outback for sure will take orders in advance
Post # 4
Are you able to go to Costco or places the like? You can get great deals there on meat, drinks, veggies, etc.
Post # 5
carolinabelle: I am trying to have an open mind and realize that steak may not be possible. I’d like something a little bit better than sub sandwiches and potato salad, nothing against it!! I just want something nicer I guess. I am trying to meld what I want into our budget and am realizing i might have to make some compromises. I was thinking of looking into our local grocery store platters and seeing what they have, like you said that would be set it out and forget it. Thanks for the nudge in that direction.
LadyPeacockk: I was wanting to find this actually but no place is responding to my email inquiries. I worked in a privately owned restaurant and we would reply immediately to emails but corporate world is different. I might have to just go in and talk to a manager and be more assertive than I’d like to be to get some answers. The other side of this is my fiancee has worked in MANY restaurants in his life and may not want to do this. He has health issues with restaurants knowing what goes on behind the scenes. I’d be ok with it but he may not. Just wanting options at this point. Thanks!!
Post # 6
What about roast chicken? That will be cheaper than steak.
You could also get married in the morning and serve brunch. That would keep costs down.
Post # 7
frywedding2015: Where do you live? A lot of restaurants will do group carryout menus, especially for business lunches. You could easily do mexican or italian for that budget.
I am sure you can find better options at a mom and pop restaurant, but without knowing your location, here are some options:
Olive Garden: Five Cheese Ziti with breadsticks and salad (12.50 pp) or Lasagna ($14 pp).
Outback: 6oz steak with two sides ($12 pp) or steak and shrimp ($15pp)
Just remember that you will need to get plates, forks, and such (unless you want to eat out of styrofoam!
Post # 8
Call the restaurants by you, or stop by in person and inquire. I guarantee there is some restaurant in your area that does catering trays for a reasonable price.
Post # 9
I’m in the Orlando, FL area, the ceremony & reception will be in Kissimmee. I’ll have to talk to fiancee about ordering from a restaurant. I hope he goes for it cuz its just one thing I don’t want to do that day. I also wish I could get some information from emailing these places. Oh well, I wish isn’t going to make something magically happen, huh bees? Thanks for the tips, I’ll look into them!!
I would actually love to serve brunch foods no matter what time we eat. I’d still need someone to cook all those foods though. Hmmm, maybe carryout from IHOP or Denny’s? Thanks!!!
Post # 10
frywedding2015: Are there any cooking facilities at your venue?
Have you thought about a food truck?
Post # 11
There are Culinary Arts and Baking programs at Florida Technical College. They have a campus in Kissimmee. Try contacting theme to see if they have any students/intsructors who would be interested or who need a project.
Post # 12
We did similar. We just preordered takeaway from a local Indian restaurant. It was cheap and fun. We picked up the food after the ceremony. All we did was email the restaurants menu to all of out guests, they picked, we ordered the day before. And then picked it up in our wedding gear!
Post # 14
I don’t know if this is something you are interested in, but you could order Chipotle catering. It would fit in your budget, and they have it where your guests can make their own burritos. It’s pretty fun, and you will generally have just some leftovers.
Post # 15
Some fancy grocery stores have catering of a variety of things, maybe hot appetizers.