(Closed) Food Budget Meltdown – help! Need Ideas!

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 18
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mexican food is relatively cheap, so check out some local restaurants for their catering prices.  Also, italian food tends to be inexpensive as well and always taste good.

I am doing an hors d’oeuvres reception, but it is not really cheaper than a sit-down meal.  My sister is a caterer and she estimates 5-6 apps per person per hour for a reception that is just hors d’oeuvres.  Anything over 2-3 hours for a reception and your price is right up there with a regular sit down dinner.

Back in the day, and in Europe today a lot of people just have dessert receptions.  Cake, punch, strawberries, etc. As long as you communicate with your guests and have the reception at a time when they do not expect a full meal this could work as well.

Post # 19
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re having a nice starter with a posh soup and then just a HUGE buffet  – Some people are bringing stuff in to add to it too, as well as the cake we’re having loads of dessert stuff too.


The starter sort of starts every body off so we don’t have that awkward “can we start eating” moment –  it also means that if people are still hungry during the dancing they can help them selves.


Trying to save money  – you could try a buffet idea, or enroll in cake decorating class or something with your Fiance or mum or Future Mother-In-Law and make your own cake to save money .

Without sounding patronizing I have no idea as to how you guys are spending 15K we’ve only just crossed the 3K mark and we’re pretty much sorted.

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