Post # 1
I am looking at my buedget and although I am sure guests love the food at weddings, food is not at the top of my list. I have a small budget and am trying to come up with a cheap food for a summer wedding. Any ideas? I know we cannot cater meals that are Such and such per person.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Well, as of now all that is left for food is about 200. And we were looking for a 2 o’clock wedding. The ceremony and reception are at the same place and we have 6 hours total for i all so given an hour before hand to be there, we would have to be out by 5. Something where if we just serve snack foods we will be okay. we did think of bulk of our favorite snacks. The guest list is only 115 people.
Post # 6
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
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
$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
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
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 # 11
There is no way to cut the budget and my family cannot help at all. I have asked and since my dad was laid off and mom doesnt work along with his parents barely making it, we cannot change a thing.
Post # 12
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….
Post # 13
Okay.. I just looked into sam club and for 120 I can make a lot of pasta and salad and rolls with drinks. mandb122 gave me the idea for Sams Club. I did not even thnk of there for food.