(Closed) Food for low budget reception

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 2
3527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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
419 posts
Helper bee

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 # 5
189 posts
Blushing bee

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
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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jnd224:  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
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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jnd224:  Pizza, Chipotle, food trucks! Gawd, pizza. I’d love to go to a pizza wedding.

Post # 8
5092 posts
Bee Keeper

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jnd224:  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
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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sweettea169:   yes!  we went to a Chipotle graduation party.  It.Was.Awesome.

Post # 11
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

What about getting something catered from a bbq restaurant like Lucille’s

Post # 12
44 posts
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
6217 posts
Bee Keeper

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 # 15
2185 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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. 

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