(Closed) Under $30 pp for food? What food did you serve?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We hit a huge deal with this area.  For $34.50/person we’re doing a cocktail hour with simple fruits, crackers, veggies, and cheeses plus dinner which includes a carving station with roast beef and mushroom gravy, chicken marsala, and lasagna (this we’re doing ourselves ahead of time), salad, rolls, steamed asparagus, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, and mixed steamed seasonal veggies.  We’re doing buffet style.  Our wedding is very casual so our food is not fancy by any means.  We wanted food that was our personal favorites and would leave everyone full and jolly!  We’re planning on doing an open bar and champaign toast but have no set cost on this yet.  Our venue allows for us to purchase all of our alcohol and hire a bartender.  This will likely lead to less options for our guests but lower our costs a bit.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/would-this-fill-you-up

This is from a year ago and since I’m too lazy to rewrite it, here’s the link. I listed what we served (#22) on the thread. We paid $70.pp and had plenty, so if you’re finding those prices in your area I’d jump on them!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Our food is from our reception hall and is about 62pp (including tax).  I wish I could do it for $30.  Have you considered having a grocery store cater it?  Like safeway or wegmans?  I would loooove to have had wegmans cater our wedding actually.  I’m originally from upstate NY and its kinda like going home every time I go into a store.  I read about a bride in on of the ‘real life’ series here on weddingbee that had wegmans cater her wedding- I was jealous 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@Aubergold: If I remember, you are doing your wedding at a church hall right?  Can you bring in any caterer.  You should totally be able to have Mex, Italian, Chinese, Supermarket, Sam’s club or a mixture of all of these at your wedding for fairly cheap.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@Aubergold: LOL Gourmet pizza.  JK even though it is a valid idea. 

OK, my thoughts: Catering all cold hor’douvres yourself.  Pre-wash and cut all veggies, cheese, etc. or buy it at Costco.  Hire a few needy restaurant serving teens to tend to that stuff.  Hiring a local restaurant to do a hot stuff buffet style dinner (which your Olive Garden recruits can manage to serve).  Hire a local bartender to serve your alcohol (small fee and tip jar).  I have seen people do BBQ for $10 bucks a person.  You could certainly serve Italian, Indian, or a number of foods for that price too. 

As for linens, what are you working with?  How do your room and tables look.  If they can go uncovered yay.  If not, what is the theme/colors of your wedding.  Shop the Christmas sales for cheappppp tablecloths and chair covers.  I was in Walmart 4 days ago and they had platinum rimmed dishware on super sale.  I am talking about 12 dinner plates for $9.  Flatware can be purchased on the cheap at any number of stores like Homegoods or National Wholesale Liquidators.

Rentals can be expensive and I cannot imagine paying $1 for a fork I have to return.  If you want basic serviceware, I would just buy it.  Then you can resell it and recoup some money or you can donate it and get a tax deduction.

My one caveat to this whole Quasi-DIY is that you have to have sufficient help.  I would never suggest that a bride cater her wedding if that means cooking in her dress or cleaning up.  Get people who are looking for extra work (and who are experienced and responsible) to help you.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We paid like 26 bucks a person for salad, rolls, prime rib, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken parm and a dessert bar. The food was amazing! We added a fruit and cheese spread and passed a few appitizers around via buffet service.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ours is coming to around $24 per person, right now.  Tentatively on the menu: cheese and spreads (6 different spreads) and crackers.  We’d like to have shrimp, but it’s pretty expensive, so one of the spreads will be a shrimp spread (my point is compromising).  Hand carved ham and turkey, romaine and brocolli salad with red wine vinagrette, a potato bar (sweet and white) crossaints/rolls, sweet tea fountain and a chocolate fountain (fondue or whatever you wanna call it, lol) with fruits and other goodies 🙂  It’s certainly nothing extravagant but it suits us just fine!  It’s not final yet, but you get the idea.  My reception is at a vineyard, so the wine and beer are not included in that price, as it is paid for with the venue rental.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Since you’re in DC, and are trying to keep to a budget on food, I’d totally recommend trying to work with a restaurant as opposed to a “wedding caterer”.  When I wasn’t sure where our wedding was I looked into Rocklands BBQ – their food is seriously good and they have lots of different catering options based on how much or how little service you want to come with it.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just a tip but if you are trying to fill people up for less, make sure the appetizers and food you go for are filling. Pasta dishes are inexpensive for cocktail hour and filling as are mashed potatoes as a side dish.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We’re paying about $22 pp. They are getting a cocktail hour with appetizers. Dinner will include a salad, tri-tip and chicken, roasted red potatoes, green beans and rolls. Our caterer also includes drinks- water, tea, coffee, etc.

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