(Closed) What to do for food at a picnic wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: What would you do?
    Have sandwich trays/boxes from a sandwich shop : (21 votes)
    49 %
    Let your family make the food like they offered : (17 votes)
    40 %
    Try to find some way to alter the budget to afford another caterer : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @FloretteLiz:  I like your boxed lunch idea but if you can’t afford too much then see about catering the “meat” (or sandwich) and your family do the sides! You could even pick up some sides from Sam’s club. Sides are easy…I don’t think it would stress them out too much. 

    Post # 5
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    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    i think the panera idea would work. You could have maybe three different kinds of sandwiches with different sides. Are you having a lot of people?

    Post # 7
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    I love your idea of  casual picnic food.  I’d have the sandwiches with a fresh fruit salad (whatever’s in season), orzo salad, Israeli Couscous Salad, and maybe a cole slaw salad and bags of chips.  These can all be made up a day in advance and can be done quite reasonably. 

    Your idea of using pulled chicken and pulled pork is good too, and I would serve it with rolls.  Costco rolls or Hawaiian rolls.  You still need sides though.  I’d put the meat in containers enough for each table and serve it family style.  It alleviates people waiting in line for food and attendants for refilling the trays.  I’d have wipes available because this food can be messy.

    The reason I like the sides I suggested is that they would work for vegetarians.  The orzo salad is substantial and could be a meal for those people.

     

    Giada’s Israeli Couscous with Apples, Cranberries and Herbs – serves at least double what it lists for a side dish.

    Giada’s Orzo Salad   Both recipes can be found on the Foot Network website.  Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to adapt them for vegetarians.

    Best wishes with your planning and wedding!

    Post # 9
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    109 posts
    Blushing bee

    They are delicious.  Just make sure that for the Israeli Couscous you don’t add the nuts until just before serving, or maybe just leave them out altogether.  I love them because you can make them up ahead and they don’t need to be refrigerated if they are going to be out for 3-4 hours.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @FloretteLiz:  actually where I live that’s the exact meat choice a lot of people do. I would just get buns. 

    Post # 11
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    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    If your family cooks, they won’t have time to enjoy your wedding at all. You don’t get a break from the kitchen, especially with that many people at a special event.

    What do you normally eat at a picnic? The sandwiches are perfectly fine. You could serve bbq or fried chicken with all the sides instead if you think people will be starved (they won’t) with the sandwiches.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m thinking maybe you could do the sandwiches from Panera and then have your family do some sides?

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee

    Also keep in mind that alot of venues do not allow any homemade food due to health dept regulations. If the caterer is licensed (any restaurant) then you will be fine but Mom and Grandma usually aren’t and there is no way to guarantee food safety without it. If you’re marrying in your backyard, there are no such rules.

    Double check with the venue to see if you can even bring in homemade food before you start planning for family to cook.

    Post # 15
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    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL

    your local grocery store can make up some meat trays and cheese trays and supply buns, condiments and sides for really low cost…some even will throw in beverages for a small extra cost.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    The sandwiches sound like a fine idea 🙂

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