(Closed) Don't know how to feed our guests… help, please!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ladydawg86:  ask about offering one menu selection, but have a buffet . We served bbq chicken,  mac n cheese, green beans, cornbread,  and salad.  

Post # 18
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Helper bee

Pizza delivery ~ !

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t know about Sam’s but at Costco you can get delicous party platters of yummy cold munchies, like shrimp / cocktail sauce, salad, sandwiches, etc plus very reasonable prices on cake (whis is fantastic). I’m sure yould probably order platters too. Definitely can feed 100 people for under $1000. Good luck o y ou!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m in about the same boat, going to DIY most if not all the food. When your budget is $2000, nothing is “affordable”. I love the potluck idea and am seriously considering it. I would warn you against chocolate fountains, though. I love them, but have been to too many weddings & buffets where I watched kids (and adults, even) sampling the chocolate by hand. Sticking their finger into the fall, licking it clean, then repeating. Like I said, I love them but because of that I won’t eat unless I know no one else has eaten from it yet.

 

Cold foods:

those pinwheel things made from tortillas, cream cheese, maybe some veggies or sliced meat. Very easy to make and can even buy from Sam’s if you don’t want to do them,

Hollow out a cherry tomato, then stuff it with a piece of mozzarella wrapped in a basil leaf.

Depending on when your wedding is, shrimp cocktail may be too pricey for a budget wedding. My brother got married in Dec & insisted on having shrimp, then later found out it added almost 50% to their food budget just for the shrimp.

Cheese balls are always cheap & easy to make.

Make veggie skewers using stalks of rosemary. Trim the leaves off a stalk of rosemary, leaving a few on one end for decoration, then skewer olives, tomatoes, basil, soft cheese, mushrooms, etc. Then brush with italian dressing.

Stuffed shells are great cold. You can stuff them with a cream cheese & sausage, chicken or seafood salad, or just about anything else.

 

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Well where I’m from there are always buffet style food for weddings I have only been to one catered wedding and honestly it sucked! and everything for the food is made like the before and early that day and is relatively inexpensive a hell of a lot cheaper than a caterer with sub-par food

I can’t say what I’m doing yet because I’m not sure but it’s bound to be some traditional Cajun/Creole food.

I’m from louisiana and our saying is it doesn’t need to be fancy it just needs to taste good!  

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Apps

 

Cheese and Cracker Platter – Make your own – premade is a wast of $.

 

Veggie and Dip Platter – Make your own – premade is a wast of $.

 

Shrimp Cocktail – Only add this if everything else comes within budget. A cheaper replacement for this could be fruit salad or fruit kabobs.

 

 

 

Dinner

 

Generic Salad

 

Pizza – Maybe try and find a place that does brick stone oven so it’s a little more authentic italian and rustic? Think maybe 2 slices per person… 30 Pizzas…maybe 35 to be safe? 

 

 

 

Dessert

 

Homemade Cookies for desser or Pies – using family recipes, mothers, grandmothers on each side would be really sweet/cute! AND if you ask them the mothers/grandmothers to make these it will feel less like asking them to pay for dessert and maybe save you $.

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ladydawg86:  i didn’t mean to come off as rude by any means.  i am being realistic.  40-50% of most wedding budgets are for the reception including rentals, food and drink, not just the venue rental.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Depending on what your budget is, its easy to spend 40% on the venue. 40% of my budget is $800, and its almost impossible to find anything cheaper than that, especially that will hold more than 50 people.

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was actually going to suggest cooking multiple pork butts (pork shoulders) in crock pots w/ bbq sauce and shredding it up for BBQ. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

That + buns + some tubs of cold salads on the side + some cakes from costco or a grocery store…

 

And then just do box wine and get some kegs!

 

Have a [email protected] party ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not trying to be snarky at all, but I think what the posters were getting at is why your venue is so much of your budget but doesn’t include food. Usually when the venue takes up half (or almost half, regardless of people’s contributions) it includes more than just the building itself. It generally includes the food. I think that caused the confusion.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not trying to be snarky at all, but I think what the posters were getting at is why your venue is so much of your budget but doesn’t include food. Usually when the venue takes up half (or almost half, regardless of people’s contributions) it includes more than just the building itself. It generally includes the food. I think that caused the confusion.

 

ETA: The only attitude I saw in this post was yours, honestly.

Post # 29
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@ladydawg86:  We found aluminum chaffing dishes at the local party store and Walmart really cheap.  Then we priced ordering trays of food from local restaurants (BBQ and Italian restaurants are most likely to offer this.)  They key is to order individual trays of food and get someone you trust to pick them up the day of the wedding.  We settled on trays of BBQ.  It cut our catering bill in half (we’re paying $12 per person for food.)

I also agree with PPs’ suggestions to change the time of your wedding so it falls during the early afternoon or nighttime when you can get away with providing much less food because people won’t be expecting a meal (i.e. cake and punch for a 3pm reception; or a dessert and coffee bar for an 8pm reception.)

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ladydawg86:  you can pre-make a lot of pasta type casseroles like lazagna or mac ‘n chz, or something with potatos and freeze them as you go (so theres no panic to do it all in like a few days)…..That type of stuff is really filling and can be super cheap to make….and have cheese and veggie trays (DIY), maybe some salad? Get some great cookie recipes and do the same bake/freeze for a great dessert option…take em out the day of and all you need to do is heat the casseroles

There are definatly recipes out there for stuff that doesnt need to be “hot” as well

 

Post # 31
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think anyone was trying to be rude or snarky. My inital thought was that you need to consider rethinking the logistics and time of day of the wedding. If you have a evening wedding, during a meal time, it’s rude to not serve a meal. Lack of budget doesn’t excuse poor etiquette.

 

I think other posters were simply trying to say that changing your wedding to a daytime or morning wedding, where a brunch or early afternoon reception would really help to cut down on the amount and types of food you serve. If I went to a brunch or early afternoon recpeption I would expect lighter foods – like different salads, finger foods, and such. If I went to an evening reception and my only options were sandwhiches and pasta salad I’d probably be a litle miffed.

 

I know all about budgets, we all have one. I’m currently helping my brother plan a wedding on a shoestring budget. Would they love a full catered dinner? Of course, but it’s not in the budget. They were, however, adament about an afternoon wedding and evening reception. To compensate they opted for BBQ delivery from a local restaurant. Entree (Pork BBQ & Chicken) plus sides, ends up being about $8/person. Super cheap considering they’re getting a dinner, plus they don’t have to prepare it themselves.  

 

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