Post # 1
We have a 10,000 dollar budget for our wedding and everything was fine until my parents added 100 people to our guest list! I had only budgeted 1000 dollars for food as we were going to do it ourselves and not get a caterer but now we’re expecting between 150 and 175 people and that seems like too much food to make! Does anybody know any cheap caterers in the Nashville, TN area or have any ideas? Our wedding is at 7pm, reception at 8 so we dont need a TON of food but still we dont want to not have enough.
Post # 3
@kwebb: Honestly, I’d tell your parents that if they want to invite that many more people, they need to pick up the bill for those extras.
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Post # 5
@kwebb:This is where the line is drawn :-/ Unfortunately when someone else is paying, they DO get some say in what goes. If it’s possible, ask your parents to cut that list down a bit, otherwise, make cuts elsewhere.
Post # 6
I honetly think you’ll be OK. It’s really not that bad. We did our own food, and my Mother-In-Law does food for church banquets all the time, regularly feeding crowds of 125+. Once you start cooking in bulk, it’s really not that bad to add more to your existing meal design. We had enough food for 100 people, easily, and we spent about $400. It’s a lot of work, and we had gracious family friends spearhead cooking/serving the day of, but it can definitely be done. Good luck! I think it will be a lot easier to stretch a 1K budget for that many people by doing the food yourself than by trying to find a caterer.
The issue of your parents inviting 100 extra people; well, that’s another story.
Post # 7
I’m getting married this weekend at an at-home ceremony and we are only expecting about 50-60 people. Our budget is so tiny . Here’s what I’m doing :
-Making a huge salad and will throw on top craisans (cranberry-raisins), feta cheese, tomatoes and maybe some sunflower seeds with raspberryItalian dressing.
-Breadsticks and lots of rolls with butter (filling)
-Provolone cheese and cheddar cheese and cracker platter with a relish dish of mini tomatoes, olives, grapes and pickles
-Chips and dip
-Then I’m having several catered size dishes of pasta delivered right before the ceremony and then will serve them right after. The pasta is about $3.50 per person.
I expect the food will only cost about $225-$250. Italian is tastey, filling and inexpensive. The booze on the other-hand.. yikes. Expensive!
Post # 8
@kwebb: this is a running problem for weddings on a budget. i do think if your parents want to add that many people you need to talk to them about how you will cater for them.
however have you thought about asking your guests to bring a dish? its becomming quite common here and its a lovely way for people to share in the day. If everyone brings something you will have plenty of food.
just ask mum to co-ordinate who is brining what so you get a good variety :0)
Post # 9
I agree about talking this over with your parents. Explain to them that 100 extra people will make you go over your budget and if they absolutley want these people at the wedding then they will have to pay the difference.
Post # 10
wow… see if your parents can cut down the list of extras to a bare minimun and explain your bdget restrictions to them.. good luck!