- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Hi bees! I’m hoping you’ll be able to give me some creative wedding food suggestions!
Basically, we’re on a very tight budget for our wedding. Half our wedding funds are already taken up by the venue, and that’s after spending 5 months finding the least expensive place possible. I was let go from my “real” job about a month ago because I missed two days of work while I was in the hospital. Yes, really. No, apparently that’s not illegal. My fiance and I made the decision that I would not get another job for right now, due to the medical conditions that made me lose my job in the first place and the fact that I’m starting nursing school next month. I do have a side job, but it’s not even close to regular income. As in, I haven’t made any money from it in about 6 months.
FI works full time, and makes (barely) enough to support us while I’m in school. Wedding expenses are not factored in to that, because we already had the wedding money set aside. But now we have to be extra careful about how we spend that money. Really, we need to try and decrease our wedding budget – if we can make it work, I want to stay about as far away from that limit as Honey Boo Boo from a carrot stick.
Even before I lost my job, looking at catering options made me want to pull my hair out. I think we have gotten info from every caterer and restaurant we could possibly use, and there is literally nothing we can afford. There probably would be, if it weren’t for the 20% “service charge”, delivery fee, and the gratuity they still expect on top of that!
So it looks like what’s going to happen is we’ll have to provide the food ourselves. Everything else for our wedding is going to be DIY, so I’m ok with that for the most part. We’re talking about options and planning to make a trip to Sam’s Club to price out some things, but I feel like this is going to end up being a major source of stress.
The food will need to be something that doesn’t need to be kept hot, because we won’t really have a way to do that. The extent of the catering area at our venue is one of those huge ice makers. We have 145 people on the guest list, but many of those are out-of-state people who won’t come. We’re expecting probably around 100 to actually show. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy – it just needs to taste good and be enough to feed everyone.
So if anyone has suggestions, recipies for easy and low-cost dishes, advice from your own wedding, or anything at all, please share! I know it’ll work out in the end, and it’s not really what’s important on our wedding day, but I also know that if I don’t figure out the best way to do this it could become a huge mess.
Thank you so much if you read all this, I know it was long (sorry)!!