(Closed) Share your wedding menu…..on a budget!

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Post # 2
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

This was the sign I had up on the buffet table (most of the time buffet is cheaper if given the option). It’s pretty weird to have 2 white meats but those were what we preffered tasting wise.

The Tuscan Chicken, garlic mashed and homemade salad dressings were raved about by everyone. 

Post # 4
1641 posts
Bumble bee

We had chicken piccata, steak tips in burgundy sauce, and salmon with wilted spinach, with grilled summer vegetables, twice baked potato, and summer salad (baby greens with strawberries, blueberries, feta, almonds, vinaigrette). Our passed apps were bacon wrapped scallops, bruschetta, and cheesey breadsticks. There was also fruit, veggie, and cheese and cracker trays. We were able to create a menu of dishes that my husband and I regularly eat and enjoy. $30pp.

Post # 5
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

Oh forgot to mention our passed apps (and nobody got a photo?!)

It was the typical fruit stuff and all.. but we added local sausage with a dried fig. The reason for it was that the property we were at is next to and named for the sausage vendor nextdoor that is regionally known. We thought it was a fun way to infuse some history to those visiting for our wedding and not from around the area. 

Post # 6
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We didn’t have any apps because we didn’t have a cocktail hour because we did a first look.  Our food was served family style, and there was no choice of entree.  We started with a somewhat fancy salad with dried cheeries and pecans, followed by chicken piccata, lemon caper linguini, green beans, and ciabatta bread.   Despite the lack of options, I feel like there was something there for everyone, including the vegitarians, and it was delicious.  I would make the same choice if I were doing it again.  

Post # 7
116 posts
Blushing bee

We had a buffet of homemade fried chicken breasts, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes and rolls. It was all catered and very high quality food. We paid $20/pp! I loved the meal. It felt very “nice” as it was served on glass plates with real silverware, but not too stuffy and was delicious. (Ps I live in the Deep South). Plus cakes of course.

I also didn’t miss the lack of choices. Almost everyone eats chicken and if someone didn’t like fried food you can always take the skin off and just eat chicken breasts. I think your grilled chicken, grilled vegetable and mashed potato sounds delicious! 

Post # 8
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - New Hope Presbyterian Church/Graystone Quarry

We offered a fruit and cheese display,  shrimp and grit fritters, and spinach and feta stuffed mushrooms for our appetizers. We offered a choice between champagne peach chicken or a vegetarian stir fry for the entree, with sides of italian green beans and herb roasted potatoes, and a side salad. This ran about $30 a head, which was higher than our initial budget, but still reasonable for a wedding in our area.

Post # 9
1308 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

We picked a caterer that advertised themselves as “picnic and luncheon catering.” Our menu was as follows:

Apps: cheese, crackers, veggies and dips.

Main event: Pulled pork, blackened cajun chicken, and vegetable couscous.

Sides: roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes.

No dessert or drinks (we provided our own).

All of that came to about $45 a head, counting taxes and fees but not tips. It was all really good. I highly recommend going with a more casual caterer – it will be cost effective and, honestly, the food will taste better.

Post # 10
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We are having the meat catered by a Brazilian food truck, kebabs of steak and bacon-wrapped chicken.  We also have a mix of cultures – Samoan (like Hawaiian if you’re not familiar) and Southern-American (as in Southern U.S.A.).  The grilled meat is common for both cultures, and we’ll have sides from both cultures… mac and cheese and potato salad, coconut milk sauced green bananas, spring rolls, a noodle dish, etc.  I hope it will be good (even if it’s a bit carb-heavy LOL).

Oh and for budget purposes, the food truck will be about $9 per person.  Sides will probably be homemade.

Post # 11
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017


We wanted a really fun cocktail hour so that’s why our appetizers might be silly. Here’s a picture of them: 


Anyway to help you out a bit with your questions: 


We chose them based on what we liked and what was popular with our caterer.

The pasta idea is great it was offered by a lot of caterers we looked at and seems to be a really cheap and yummy option. A few also had taco bar catering packages that were cheap, those seem really fun! I also noticed that many had BBQ packages that were pretty much typical BBQ comfort foods that were much cheaper than their other packages. 


Also our menu as it is there is $32/person just the food. Definitely ask what is included in the price per plate and if they add on anything our caterer was great at giving us a break down of labor costs, gratuity, rentals etc. We are doing donuts and churros as a late night snack (separate cost) with them and then for dessert we are providing our own. We are doing a 2 tier cutting cake that will look like a typical wedding cake and then bundt cakes and mini bundt cakes for our desserts it will look similar to this but with mini bundt cakes spread throughout the table. Those ended up saving us $500 because the wedding cake/cupcakes were so expensive! 


Post # 12
6232 posts
Bee Keeper

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mongoljingoo999 :  Ours was a no-brainer but not very helpful for your own meal choices.  My husband wanted to cook no matter what – he said he’d feel more comfortable if he had something to do.  So we self catered and bbq’d tri-tip.  Each one makes 4-5 sandwiches so he made about 6 I think, maybe 8 just in case.  Then we grabbed up a bunch of french bread from the grocery store, which runs about a buck each.  Butter, garlic powder and the grill and the bread was happy.  We tried grilling potatoes and yams but wound up doing them in the oven as it was takingtoo long and burning all at the same time.  Again super inexpensive.  And while all the food was cooking we had a salad bar – romaine, carrots, grape tomatoes, olives, cheese, broccoli, cucumber, a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember.  All in all, if you discount the meat it was probably a hundred dollar meal, max.  And a couple hundred more for the meat.  Drinks were local beer and root beer, lemonade and water.

Oh, and we served it on paper plates (but real silverware since it was available) and half the salad toppings were leftover from our rehearsal the day before (taco salad).

I do think it would be a little weird to have eggrolls – they don’t really match anything else you are serving.  How about a bruschetta?

Post # 13
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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mongoljingoo999 :  cocktail 1/2hr= tropical fruit tree w/chocolate sauce. 

Spanish beans and rice, mojo pulled pork, margarita chicken, taco bar, mango salsa, tea. 

Our ceremony/reception is on the beach, around 40 people at $26 per person. This price also includes the use of their linens and China. 

Post # 14
9437 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our venue is also the caterer so we didn’t havea choice in caterers. We were originally going to do a cocktail style reception to save money but when we did the math we realized we wouldn’t actually be saving much money so we decided to do a full dinner. 

Our Menu:

Appetizers at Cocktail Hour: Gourmet Crackers, Veggies, Pita Crisps, and Sliced Baguettes with four different types of dips.

Carving Station – Flank Steak with creamy red wine horseradish sauce, Herb grilled chicken with roasted red pepper cream sauce, seasonal fruit, rolls, and biscuits

Theme Station – Tequila Lime Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Vegetables, and Garden Salad

Make Your Own Risotto Bar

Popcorn Bar after dinner

We are paying $30.50 per person which I think is a pretty great deal!

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