(Closed) Food budget

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Just try to do a light sandwich or finger food buffet. 

One of the neat things one couple I know did was just all their favorite snack foods.  Things like pizza rolls, chips, pretzels, dip, cookies, egg rolls, chicken nuggets, etc.  They just had a ton of it! 

Post # 4
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Are you looking for appetizers only or an actual meal? I know you can get large quantities of appetizers at places like Sam’s and could even do a picnic type meal if you wanted there too.

Post # 6
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Maybe you can do a desert only reception if it is going to be at 2 o’clock. But if your reception goes long you may need to feed your guests.

Depending on the amount of guests you have, maybe you can purchase a few boxes of riggatoni and some containers of pasta sauce, serve it with a salad and some bread.

Post # 7
10361 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

With the amount of time you have left until your wedding, I would try and up your food budget. “only 115” is actually a rather large guest list, and $200 won’t go very far. If your back is against a wall with the budget, could you ask your parents to give you cash for your Christmas gift to go towards the food budget? You could easily double the budget that way. And I really think you should…

Post # 8
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

$200 for 115 will get you nowhere fast.  You could probably do a candy buffet–and that’s it. 

Does the $200 include drinks too?

Are there other places you could cut your budget?  As a guest, I believe food is VERY important.  I would be perturbed if I were expecting lunch and only got a few apps.

Post # 9
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with $200 you’ll be lucky to find a baker to make you a cake that feeds 115!  Never mind drinks and food.  You could try fruit and cheese platters maybe from the grocery store and some sheet cakes.  Maybe ask family or friends if they can help with food.

Post # 10
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Agree with @crayfish, that’s less than $1.75 per person, not including any taxes/etc. that might be levied on whatever you purchase.

Does that include drinks as well?

Is there any way you could put away even $20/mo. for the next 8 months?

Since it will be summer, and an afternoon wedding – what about doing a sandwich bar? Cook up a couple of hams and turkeys in advance and have someone slice them the day of. Roast up a chicken the day before and make chicken salad. Serve with condiments (mayo, mustard, maybe a cranberry sauce for the turkey), finger rolls and toppings like lettuce and tomatoes. Maybe some big bowls with chips and a couple of summer pasta salads.

If you can’t put away any $ before the wedding, maybe you could ask parents or other close relatives for “in kind” gifts instead of the gifts they planned to give. Have someone buy the meat, another buy the salad makings, etc.

Post # 12
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Can you cut down the guest list? Then you would have more $ per person. 

Even if you did cheese & crackers, the $ would not go far.

Can you have a potluck lunch?  Instead of presents, ask guests to bring a snack?  If it were a very intimate gathering I think this could work.  With 115 this could be a mess…. Hmm….

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