(Closed) What could I do with $10pp?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

What time is your wedding?  If it is at a meal time then you need to serve a meal.  If it is at, say, 2pm then you could do a cake, punch, and finger foods type reception.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

it depends on the time of your wedding, if the reception is around dinner time, cake and punch is not taking care of your guests

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I’ve just started getting catering quotes and keep in mind if you do a full meal type thing you will need a whole set of rentals, plates, silverware, glasses, if you don’t do compostable?  Potentially servers, bussers.  My quotes for food aren’t terrible but if I add in servers, bussers, rentals, drinks, even non-alcoholic, costs start to soar.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

the ceremony is at 2? How long is the ceremony and how long do you want people to stay?
It’s fine if you’re ok with people elaving around 5:30 to go eat dinner, but if you want them to stay later you have to feed them

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Finger foods are the best option.  I have often times had to call the local sandwich shop and get a dozen subs, have them cut them into 3 or 4 minis and I just plate them with decorative trays from the dollar store for presentation.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think Apps would be fine, this way people can snack, and maybe stay a little later, and have a late dinner after.  As long as you mention on the invite that the reception to follow will only offer those things.  No matter the time of the day, unless other wise specified, I woudl expect a reception to have a meal.  But with that time, and as long as I know there will only be apps, I would not be upset that there is not a meal.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Here’s a series of posts on self catering a heavy appetizer reception for 200 for $2,500. (http://www.thekitchn.com/a-diy-wedding-reception-for-200-the-party-plan-gatherings-from-the-kitchn-204865). I don’t recommend the self catering, but it gives you an idea of the kind of menu that could be possible around your budget. 

If you want people to hang around past dinner, I think you should serve a meal. Maybe talk to some BBQ places, tell them your budget and see if they can work with you. 

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

You don’t have to serve a meal if it’s between meal times.  Cake, punch and a few finger foods will do the job.  Make sure you say cake and punch reception on the invite so people don’t show up hungry.  Starting at 2PM gives people plenty of time to eat lunch first.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

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olivejd:  Then a cake and punch reception would work nicely.  Just be aware that these receptions only last about 2-3 hours.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Are you looking to fit any alcohol/drinks in that $10 budget or is that additional? That would have  a bearing on cost, as well as all the rentals a PP mentioned.

There’s a restaurant in my area that does a $10 meal that’s actually pretty good. A friend had them cater her wedding. You get pasta, a salad and soda for that amount. It doesn’t look fancy, but it will keep people fed. I imagine there’s probably a low-cost pasta restaurant in your area if you wanted to do something more meal like. On the other hand, if you’re fine with guests leaving around 6, just do some nice buffetted appetizers. If you can get food from whereever with your venue, you could pick up some cheese slices and nice crackers, fruit, veggies and hummus, etc. and it would be enough to keep people from getting overly hungry.

I had another friend do a very short reception after her 2 pm wedding. She had a popcorn bar, an ice cream bar and tons and tons of cupcakes. It was fun, but I felt terrible eating just junk all afternoon. Still, a popcorn bar is fun and cheap, especially if you supplement it with something less junk food like.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Based on the time of day and the 3 hour time limit, I think cake and punch is a great option for your party!

I think it’ll also allow you to go a little “nicer” with your options, whereas if you went BBQ you’d probably be super stretched.

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