Post # 1
My FI and I want to have a lunch menu for our wedding, but I have no idea of what to serve. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The wedding is going to be around 1:00 so I don’t want anything too heavy. Maybe something Southern inspired since I’m from south GA
Post # 3
Lunch is relatively light compared to dinner. What foods do you and your guests like? Since you want Southern inspired, you can’t go wrong with fried chicken and mashed potatoes. BBQ is an option and can be prepared to eat with regular utensils. Call up your favorite restaurant and ask if they offer catering (most do at a fraction of the price of a wedding caterer and you get more stuff too). You can also browse lunch menus online and see what catches your eye that your guests will enjoy.
Post # 4
What about serving a bunch of different kinds of pizza? Not southern, but totally yummy!
Post # 5
Couple of questions:
1. What are your catering ideas/options? Are you looking to cater this yourself, hire a full-caterer, order from a restaurant, etc.?
2. What kinds of foods do the majority of your guests like – are they adventurous eaters, or not?
3. How casual is your wedding / do you have any themes you are trying to stick to / etc.?
You could do a BBQ – pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken/burgers/steak, a toppings bar (onions, lettuce, tomatoes, relishes), a couple of salads: green salad, cole slaw, macaroni salad, fruit salad. Maybe some mac and cheese.
You could do a “make your own sandwich bar” – put out different breads/rolls, meats (sliced turkey/ham/chicken), maybe make up some chicken and egg salads, and then sandwich veggies and spreads.
If you wanted to do sandwiches, you could probably rent a panini machine, and have paninis available as an option.
If you wanted to include peaches (Georgia!) you could make up some peach salsa, peach cobbler, peach pie.
ummm and pecan pie too! yummmmmmmmmmmmmm
Post # 6
Word of advice: having helped with family weddings in the past, I would never recommend to anyone to DIY cater (including cooking on your own). Even the simplest menu (including a simple dessert reception) requires that whomever has kitchen duty is not able to enjoy themselves at all because they are responsible for food and drink all night. Depending on the menu, they may not be able to attend the ceremony either. Also, many venues will not allow you to DIY due to health regulations.
If cost is a concern and you don’t want to hire or can’t afford a regular wedding caterer, go the restaurant catering route as that is incredibly inexpensive for what they give you. They will deliver food anywhere you want.