Post # 1
I’m getting married next year, and am a little stumped in regards to food. We’ve got our ceremony site down, but we’re still considering a reception site and part of the issue is the food. We were going to do it DIY, for about 60-70 people, but figured it would be too much hassle for everybody. Caterers are really expensive for us. What should we do? Restaurant delivery? We’re looking at roughly a $500-$600 budget for food right now. The reception would be around lunchtime.
Post # 2
Are you hoping to serve a meal? I think you’ll struggle to feed 70 people with $600 unless you’re ordering cheap pizza or something.
I think your options are appetizers or inviting less people.
Post # 3
Some meals might be cheaper then others like brunch over dinner. But yeah, cheapest would be pizzas or sandwich trays
Post # 4
If it’s after lunchtime (2:00?) you can get away with simple apps — hummus & veggies, cheese & fruit w/ crackers, cake and punch. If you are planning on alcohol is that a separate budget?
Post # 5
The cheapest way is to have your wedding at a non-meal time like 2pm, serve cake and punch and a few snacks, and let everyone be on their way by dinnertime.
Otherwise small local restaurants usually have the best catering prices I have found. Thinks that are easy to cook in bulk and serve buffet like trays of pasta and salad or pulled pork and deli salads.
eta: when I say easy to cook in bulk I DO NOT MEAN SELF-CATER. Just that from a catering stand point a pan of pasta cooked in bulk will be cheaper than say individual pot-pies so finding family owned Italian restaurants or Bbq joints will have better prices.
Post # 6
Please do not try to DIY food for 70 people. That’s a lot of work for everyone. There are a lot of thread that talk about the potential problems of DIYing that amount of food.
If your budget is $600, if you keep your guest list to 60 people, that’s $10 a person, which isn’t much. Would you consider something like brunch with a lot of breakfast food? Things like scrambled eggs, french toast or pancakes, bacon, sausage and hash browns. There are a lot of breakfast restaurants around me that cater these kind of events all the time and the food is delicious. And I suggest you leave it to the professionals. I also think with breakfast/brunch you can get away without serving alcohol, or have one drink like mimosas or a spiked punch.
Post # 7
If you would like a meal other than appys ie Costco/Whole foods sushi trays, shrimp trays, buying dips and bread and chips, veggie and fruit platters and Costco delish cakes yuou could do a baked lasagna lunch with garlic bread and caesars adn then costco desserts. Or Buy cooked chickens and chop them up and add mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, gravy, and salad and cranberry sauce. These all are doable so you get a actual lunch in our budget.
Maybe take some of your budget and hire a student or two to clean up and help serve/present food.
If it is late enough you can do a sundae bar with various pu nches, maybe cakes – I think some of those Costco ones are absolutlely delish ie Limonello and Tuxedo and Tiramisu, , those frozen but delish small cream puffs,
keep it simple and enjoy.
Post # 8
beethree : annabananabee :
+1 to these ideas.
Have it at a non-meal time. Simple apps and cake.
Some ideas for simple apps:
as mentioned already, hummus and veggies (love these!), cheese and crackers, fruit, olives and pickles, tortilla chips and salsa, buffalo chicken dip, pita wedges, mini savoury pastries (meat or cheese based), a few sandwich trays
Post # 9
can you get some wraps and trays from Costco and order some pizza, that’s what we did for my son’s 1st birthday. it was $150 for about 40 people and worked great.
Post # 10
That’s a great budget. Look at grocery stores near you. They will have catering trays of appetizers that are great and will be totally within budget.
Post # 11
Hi Bees, that’s a lot of great advice and tips! Thank you 🙂 I think we’re going to go with local restaurant catering, and maybe also grocery catering, with light food since it will be lunch time. The alcohol budget is separate from the food budget. It’s good to get all these suggestions for styles of food you can serve. Thanks again
Post # 12
Panera bread does platters with small sandwiches ( if u look at their catering options) which is not a full meal. Then u can add other sides.
Also their full sandwiches start at $7 and u may buy some veggie and fruit platter from grocery store. They also do pick 2 ( 2 out of 3 – small soup, half sandwich or half salad). If u ask they might be willing to cater these. Their food is good and will be filling for lunch time.