Post # 1
I’m excited to be writing my first post as an engaged woman! As you can see from the subject line I really love food. I’ll probably spend more on a transporting meal than a purse. I would love to have a memorable meal at a great location, but I do live in NYC and well that does not come cheap. I know that most people, including our guests, don’t cate about food as much as I do and just want a meal but I feel like I will miss somthing by having a great location but just an okay meal.
Are there any other foodies out there that have found a way to have great food without totally breaking the bank (especially if you live in a large city like NY)? Will people notice gourmet vs. pretty darn good? Either way I feel like this will be our biggest expense if we choose to have our wedding in NY.
Post # 3
I am actually a horribly picky eater, so I pretty much left the menu up to everyone else….but, I do think people notice and comment on good food vs. not so good food. And we went with the gourmet end of it. And everyone raved for weeks/months (we still see people we haven’t seen since and they comment) about it. We chose to let the guests enjoy it, and stayed on the low end for the little details. That being said, NYC will be expensive. One thing I said was, there is no way I am spending $90 for chicken. So not worth it. So we went with a fish and beef. Granted, only 30 ordered fish and about 90 for beef, but they all loved what they had. I knew I didn’t want to hear anyone say the food was bad. As for hd’s, we went all out. I think because we had an open bar all night, I wanted to make sure people kept eating to avoid getting as trashed as they could? I think its nice to serve a nice meal, especially for the cost….I mean, who goes out to dinner and spends that much on one plate? You might as well go all out if you are spending that much, know what I mean?
Post # 4
We’re having an evening cocktail/hors d’ouvre reception at a breakfast restaurant in Denver. It’s usually closed at night, so buying them out was about 1/3 of what it would have cost somewhere else. They do parties semi-frequently, so they have a non breakfast catering menu. They also have a full bar and espresso service. Score! I really like their food, and they’re always packed when open for regular business.
Everyone will notice if your food is terrible or skimpy. Some people will notice if it’s good. A few people will notice small details. So do something that will make you happy, but don’t break the bank unless you know it’s really worth it.
Post # 5
We’re doing a four course tasting menu. It’s a little bit more than the regular priced meal at the venue, but not too bad. We’re using mostly local/organic food, and mostly vegetarian (for environmental reasons, but it also keeps the cost down). I’ve never been to a wedding with a tasting menu, and it seems like a nice way to add a touch of foodiness without breaking the bank.
Post # 6
my husband and I are foodies too. So we wanted pretty good food – ended up finding a place with high Zagat food rating (25 or 26) that does weddings outside of the City. Ithought it was great, but keep in mind that depending on the size of your group , mass produced food can only be so good ….if you want to get more for your $, consider booking off peak …..
we didn’t choose outside the city for better prices though – we just knew our guestlist and couldn’t ask them to shell out for new york hotels (that and we wanted something more scenic) so it all worked out!!
Post # 7
I can’t recommend checking out Real Food Catering enough. We booked her for our wedding, and we’re doing food stations named after neighborhoods in NYC. Brisket, latkes and mini bagels with pastrami lox for the Lower East Side, Peking Duck on little sesame buns, szechuan style pork ribs for Chinatown etc.
Yen the owner is amazing, her food is even better. She really takes care to source the best quality food, and you can tell she knows about a lot of the food trends…no boring chicken!
Post # 8
We are foodies and the best advice I can give is to keep the guest list small!! We are going to have a fabulous three course dinner with 4 passed appitizers before at a great boutique Hotel with great food, but we are only having 60 people!!
Also, I just went to a wedding recently where they served only one entree (with a veggie option upon request), I thought this was kind of a no no. BUT at the end of the dinner, everyone had chowed down! So maybe only serving one great entree would keep costs down!
Post # 9
i thnk people definitely notice bad food. And don’t forget the presentation. I went to two weddings this summer where the food was so unattractively presented that i had no desire to eat it so although it might have been ok, it left me with an aweful impresion.
Post # 10
we’re lucky to have a small wedding (60 max) in the bay area. as foodies, we prioritized food and found a fabulous caterer that specializes in local, fresh and organic fare. the tasting was amazing – can’t wait for the full deal! there is a kitchen on site at our venue, so they will make everything for us fresh.
don’t have any fab tips for NY, but definitely check into the prep plans for an prospective caterer and make sure your venue has the facilities to accommodate.
Post # 11
We are going buffet style.. i know not exactly preferred for foodies but its cheaper. We also went with chicken and pasta for entrees to save some $ and are trying to make it seem less "cheap" by having beef and shrimp passed hor’d ourves.
Just remember quality vs quantity. You need ALOT of food to make a big impression
Post # 12
I’m all about stations. Something for everyone, show off your diverse taste, and I’m fairly certain it’s cheaper than a seated dinner. PLUS it gets people mingling.
I’m planning on doing a brunch reception for several reasons, but mainly because the boy and I have a tradition of doing brunch together before one of us would have to leave to go home after a weekend together. (I won’t miss being long distance.) We thought it would make our reception very personal for us.
Post # 13
opps I meant you DON’T need a lot of food to make a big impression.. My bad!
Post # 14
Food was the one of the bigger splurges for us! We’re getting married at a Vineyard, so we wanted the food a our cocktail hour to pair well with the wine. I’ve worked with caterers before, and the girls are right, its hard to get a large amount of food to be perfect, so we found this great caterer that specializes in smoke bbq, they have won many awards for their smoked tri-tip, chicken, ribs and prime rib! They are going to be at the wedding site early in the morning and cooking all day, so we will have fresh smoked bbq’d meat! Our ceremony and reception will be outside with a large canopy tent, so bbq keeps this vineyard wedding relaxed! They will also be grilling fresh organic veggies and yummy award winning garlic bread! Some of the appitizers will be spinach & sausage stuffed mushrooms, fresh smoked salmon platter, an array of cheese and crackers, bacon wrapped asparagus, fresh fruit platter and chocolate covered strawberries! We changed our caterer in the begining because the lady we had planned on was a big flake and never returned calls, myself being all about customer service had no interest giving a dead-beat my business! (I gave her 4 months chance!) Make sure the caterer is organized and experianced! Don’t put up with crap! You’re spending the most on food usually, and you should get what you pay for! Good luck with your menu planning! You’ll enjoy the tasting part!
Post # 15
Go for things that aren’t typically seen at weddings. Make the presentation noteworthy. Serve entrees that don’t scream "wedding" (I wouldn’t cry if I didn’t eat another halibut dish at at event). Highlight something you love — I love cheese, but didn’t want it to be overshadowed at the cocktail hour, so we’re doing a cheese course in lieu of dessert. And those Food Network specials always make me rethink flowers for sugar art or chocolate centerpieces! Hope that helps!