Post # 1
For those with very low budget weddings, what are you or did you serve fator the meal at the reception? We have been having a tough time settling on something that will be filling, inexpensive, and not too labor intensive. We are not really interested in having it catered. Share your ideas!
Post # 2
We are having a basic reception at a venue…. but just some ideas: mashed potatoes, side veggies, meat loaf.
Lasagna…. or if it’s a summer… bbq hotdogs/sausagws and sliders/burgers
Post # 3
I’ve been to several weddings where they had fruit and veggie platters and dip as well as mini sandwiches (Hawaiian bread with a spread of meat and cheese) as well as other cold/hot appetizers.
Post # 4
Thank you for the responses so far. We are going for a simple rustic/picnic sort of feel. Our families are coming from out of state and have large appetites, so we do want to make sure they have a filling meal. The ideas that we have had are pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and brats, and a taco bar.
Post # 5
What about having Chipotle or from a restaurant? I would be pretty pumped to eat Chipotle at a wedding 🙂 I also know people who had stuff like California pizza kitchenand made it cute!
Post # 6
You said you don’t want to have it catered, but the foods you’re currently listing are all hot; how are you planning on having them prepared?
My suggestion is finger sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit/veggie and maybe cheese platter. Your guests could definitely fill up on that, and it can all be prepared ahead of time.
Post # 7
Pizza, Chipotle, food trucks! Gawd, pizza. I’d love to go to a pizza wedding.
Post # 8
What about adding macaroni and potato salads and rolls?
And or/making baked mac & cheese ahead? Baked Ziti? Frozen Costco Meatballs in crockpots, Artisan Breads.
Post # 9
Are you looking for something you would cook yourself or are you open to takeout? Pizza is always a crowd pleaser, as is chipotle – I’ve heard of people doing a Chipotle taco bar and it went over well.
Post # 10
yes! we went to a Chipotle graduation party. It.Was.Awesome.
Post # 11
What about getting something catered from a bbq restaurant like Lucille’s
Post # 12
We were going to have a taco bar for about 60 people and we were going to do all the food prep ourselves. Then I got a quote to see what a taco truck would cost, it was really affordable only a couple hundred dollars more than if I would have done it all myself. To me it’s worth it to spend a little more and have one less thing to worry about!
Post # 13
My husband wanted to bbq to take some of the nervous edge off being around so many people. He made Tri-tip and grilled bread, potatoes and yams. We also did salad, which was easy enough. Our dessert that night was homemade cookies and DIY strawberry shortcake, rather than spending hundreds on a cake. We had under 40 people including ourselves and I doubt our food cost over 500 – probably not even that. Leftovers were all snapped up the following day. There wasn’t much and we had tons of compliments.
that said, I don’t recommend self-catering unless you’ve got a small crowd and lots of time!
Post # 14
We have considered having a local restaurant cater, but we are concerned that would not be within our budget. As for having hot foods, we don’t anticipate this being a problem. We have access to crock pots, a barbecue pit, and plenty of guests who are willing to help out.
Post # 15
I’m having a pizza wedding!!
We are having our favorite local pizza place whip up some “fancy” pizzas and a few pasta dishes. We are pairing it with our favorite craft beers.