(Closed) I'm stuck serving cheap food!

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I guess I don’t see a problem? That food sounds great.

Post # 4
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

@NikkiKillpretty:  Looking for a problem here…. do you not like this food? It sounds delicious. I normally can’t tell the price of chicken while I eat it so….

I fail to see how a large Italian dinner is similar to McDonalds.. 

Post # 5
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What about making just a few small changes in the menu that won’t make it much more expensive.  Penne ala Vodka and Chicken Francaise seem like wedding staples in my area and would round out the variety in your menu.  I think it might be quite good?




Another option is to keep food as is, but add an antipasto platter at the beginning.




I see your point on the variety, but I’m not sure I see where the low quality comes in.  I think for a backyard wedding, those foods are perfect.


Post # 6
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@NikkiKillpretty:  It doesnt sound horrible to me. You say he is paying for the bulk of it. Are you able to contribute something and/or more? Can you cut back on something else for a better caterer or some different food options? It honestly does not sound like a bad menu to me.

Post # 7
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What kind of food would you expect at a wedding like that?  Maybe you could add details and appetizers that make the food seem “fancier” to you.

Post # 8
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Based on the description, I don’t think the food sounds low quality.  I think most guests would enjoy that selection.  You could add more variety by mixing in a few different appetizers.  If you don’t like the taste of the food or don’t think it goes with your theme, maybe sit down with your Fiance and the caterer and see what your other options would be.

Post # 9
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Chrysoberyl:  +1. Agreed, this is nothing like a McDonalds meal…

I think you are just thinking too much into this. You are not having a huge princess wedding in a grand ballroom. You are having a decent sized backyard wedding, nobody is going to be expecting Duck Confit, Filet Mignon or anything like that. You need to relax and just enjoy your special day, without worrying about the food!

Post # 10
3420 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

That food sounds yummy.  And not at all like mcdonalds

Post # 11
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@NikkiKillpretty:  there’s nothing wrong with your menu, at least not that I can see. Did you envision a banquet hall dinner? Is that what you meant? It’s not feasible at your venue (which sounds lovely btw) to have white gloved servers bring hors d’ouvres around on silver platters, then take them away. Then bring plated salads, then take them away. Then bring a first course, then take it away. Then bring sorbet, then take it away. And so on and so forth… That wouldn’t be fair to your grandmother to have something like that. Your wedding will be beautiful. The food will be great. Stop stressing.

Post # 12
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


Post # 14
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I thought you were going to be serving delivery pizza and beer.  An Italian buffet is pretty standard for a lot of weddings and I definitely wouldn’t find it odd at a backyard wedding, even one as formal as you are making yours out to be.

Post # 15
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

McDonald’s definitely doesn’t serve any food like that! 🙂

It sounds 100% fine.  I would NOT WORRY!

But if you still are worrying, add some fancier apps (I like the PP suggestion of antipasti) or do a meat & cheese platter.  And can you change baked chicken to chicken marsala or chicken piccatta? Still inexpensive but sounds fancier 🙂


Post # 16
747 posts
Busy bee

Yeah I fail to see how this is considered “cheap” or that he “dropped the ball”.  I think you need to reconcile the views you have in your head vs/ the reality of the wedding you’re having.  It’s not in a fancy restaurant so why would you have fancy restaurant food?  The food you described sounds delicious!  

I mean, if you had all sorts of hopes for some coq au vin/duck/chocolate fountains/etc then you might have needed to amend the whole “theme” of your wedding beforehand, you know?  Because I don’t see that kind of fancy food fitting a backyard wedding.  It will be beautiful, and trust me, everyone will love the food you serve!  

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