(Closed) Wedding on a budget food at reception

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
269 posts
Helper bee

im so for olive garden, fazolis and boston market catering. theyre cheap and yummy! when i lived in florida i LIVED at publix and i heard great things about their catering! im sure you could find a coule servers from culinaryschools  to refill and tidy up as a side job. i guess what you have to do is decide where and what you want food wise and fill in the gaps as you go. 

Post # 4
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

A 1:30 – 5:00 wedding puts you in between-meal territory, so don’t worry about providing a full meal.  At that time of day, most people just want and expect some light refreshments.  You could do an afternoon tea – get platters of cookies and pastries from a local bakery, and platters of tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, etc. from a grocery store or deli.  For drinks all you’d need is tea, lemonade, and sparkling wine if you want to have some alcohol.  It could be inexpensive, but also elegant and cohesive.  And these are things that can sit out at your reception at room temperature, so no need to worry about keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold. 

Post # 5
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re doing fazoli’s. Everyone in my family loves it, but we don’t get it often as it’s quite a drive. Luckily, there’s one in the town where our venue is!

Post # 6
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve done nothing but research caterers for the past month! lol. I know how you feel about the prices being crazy high! I found out however that anything with a “wedding” in front of it automatically jacks up the price. Granted in most “wedding” menus they provide the linens, services, clean up, etc. But through crazy research I realized that for a lot of caterers in my area, their “normal” menu is cheaper and some provide the linens, plates/utenlis, etc but they’re not the “hard plastic” or “china” that they would use for the “wedding” menu.

So what I’m doing is that (I still need to research how much it would cost) I’m either going to probably be skirting/lining the tables myself and going with a “normal” buffet menu from a caterer and possibly paying a little extra for a staffing fee. OR I’m going to just go with a “normal” buffet menu and paying extra for staffing/linens depending on which cater I choose.

Granted, we’re going to have about 150 people at our wedding so it’s still going to be a bit high, but I’m not the kind of bride that needs the “fine china” at the bridal table or anything like that. lol.


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