Budget Savvy Brides: $5K and Under

What are you doing for catering?

Lets hear what the budget savvy brides are doing for catering! Are you doing a buffet, serving something fancy, doing dessert only, cake only, cooking it yourself, have a family friend helping out, coffee, alcohol, etc?

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 1:55 am
ronica.wheeler.crews
3
01/01/0003
133
Followers
137
Following

(45) Comments

ronica.wheeler.crews
3
01/01/0003
133
Followers
137
Following

ronica.wheeler.crews

Since it will most likely be crazy hot and humid at the time of our ceremony (outside ceremony) we were going to provide bottled water during the ceremony but the venue doesn't allow that since it's not environmentally friendly. However, they do provide us w/a huge cooler so we'll just set it up outside (: . We are thrilled that our venue allows outside catering- leaving us to do whatever we want! My fi and I both LOVE barbecue so we decided on a "4th of july style bbq" (our wedding is July 3). We considered diy'ing the meat, beans, potato salad,etc and just buying buns, etc but I chose to shop around anyways. After looking at all the little bbq stands in the area (and tasting ofcourse!) none of them were under $10 p.person (60 people) and it was one meat and chips. Then, Saturday I went to a wedding show and out of all restaurants... Golden Corral was there! Ofcourse I just grabbed the info and went on but I read through it at home and it seems like a great deal! (and their food is good) At first I thought it would either be a crappy menu or overpriced..but I was pleasantly surprised! :D


We're doing the "Home Style Bbq Picnic Meal" for our guests. It includes: BBQ chicken leg quarters, pulled bbq pork, bbq baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cookies and yeast rolls at... $8.50 a person! And they have TONS of catering options (there's a bourbon street chicken one for $7 p.p) so if you're in search of someone affordable with good food I would def check them out! Oh yeah.. then I'll have my mom make tons of sweet tea and pink lemonade. And we'll have a couple kegs (the kegs come w/the venue we just have to pay to fill them) and we're thinking about renting a margarita machine!! (:

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:07 am
joandcompany
4
05/22/2010
joandcompany

joandcompany

  • 4
  • 14
  • 2.83k
273
Followers
277
Following

joandcompany

We are also doing BBQ buffet.  Three meats, slaw, potato sals, salad, beans, and rolls.  They are letting us bring our own drinks to cut down on costs but we are still at $10 person.  We found them on TLC's BBQ Pit Masters http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/bbq-pitmasters/pitmasters/tuffy-stone.html

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 3:24 am
ronica.wheeler.crews
3
01/01/0003
133
Followers
137
Following

ronica.wheeler.crews

Awesome!

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm
SandyCheecks
3
09/18/2010
SandyCheecks

SandyCheecks

  • 3
  • 9
  • 1.63k
94
Followers
98
Following

SandyCheecks

We are doing DIY catering (not a lot of quests coming and it will be a lunch time reception)


So we are doing sandwiches (its cool cause I found sandwich cutters @ Dollar Tree to use YAY!) :)

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm
TheFutureMrsT
3
07/05/2014
TheFutureMrsT

TheFutureMrsT

  • 3
  • 12
  • 1.18k
178
Followers
180
Following

TheFutureMrsT

My family likes soul food so no prime rib smothered in wine sauce here (lucky me!!)


Actually we were gonna go with Church's Chicken, I mean fried chicken is fried chicken, right?! Best part is it's only $2.99 a person and that includes 2 sides and biscuits. I know, I know it sounds ghetto but I LOVE Church's lol.


@ronica..I had no idea that Golden Corral did catering, I may have to look into this for my other entree (apparently not everyone eats chicken lol) and a vegetarian dish.


We also have a small guest list, so I think that should do it. But to be honest I just want to have more money for the BAR!!  =)

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm
ronica.wheeler.crews
3
01/01/0003
133
Followers
137
Following

ronica.wheeler.crews

SandyCheecks- That's awesome! If I weren't having my ceremony outside in hot, humid missouri than i would def have had mine in the day so i could do sandwiches instead!


TheFutureMrsT- I was worried about Golden Corral sounding ghetto but my family loves their food! And i had no clue they did catering until I got the information from that wedding show! (I don't think they all do catering yet but they're starting too) Mmm church's chicken sounds good! I don't think it sounds ghetto (makes a lot mores sense than spending $12+ per person on mini cheeseburgers,etc! lol) But you def should check out golden corral and ask for their Catering Specialist. On my paper, you can even build your own meal starting with $2.50 for 1 meat, $4 for 2 meats, etc.


And yes, I'm trying to save money for the drinks too!!

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 1:26 am
LauraSweet
15
06/12/2010
LauraSweet

LauraSweet

  • 15
  • 27
  • 19.3k
678
Followers
936
Following

LauraSweet

We're self-catering by ordering BBQ and fried chicken (probably KFC because we don't have other fried chicken restaurants in my small town).  We're having mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, and fresh fruit.  And we're having iced tea (sweet and unsweetened), lemonade, and bottled water to drink (no alcohol).  For the kids' room, we're having pizza (cheese and pepperoni), PB&J Uncrustables, fruit kabobs, cupcakes, and lemonade/water/juice boxes.  I calculated our costs to come out around $6 per person for adults and $2 per person for the kids.


We're having a small traditional wedding cake as the centerpiece of a big dessert table like this:


We re self catering photo 1303829-1 

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 2:31 am
TomboyBride
4
05/15/2010
TomboyBride

TomboyBride

  • 4
  • 13
  • 2.63k
166
Followers
168
Following

TomboyBride

I set asside about $2000 out of my budget to go towards catering.  We found a restaurant which also has a banquet room upstairs. We rented the room for $150 and they will cater a buffet for about $25 per person. So for our guest list of 70 it will be about $1750. Leaving room for our cake!


 


 


 

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 3:32 am
cd5562
4
05/15/2010
cd5562

cd5562

  • 4
  • 15
  • 3.86k
98
Followers
101
Following

cd5562

My catering is costing us about 3,500.  We're having appetizers passed during cocktail hour - black bean cakes, Thai chicken spring rolls, fruit skewers, cheese platter w/crackers, bruchetta, and teriyaki skewers. Then for dinner having two carving stations w/chefs carving (mojito leg of pork and berb roasted turkey) mashed potatoes, fire-grilled veggies, and bisquits.  Also a fruit punch bowl (to spike of course)... two salad stations (asian noodle and basic garden).  My caterer also takes care of chair rentals, decorating the tables, AND also will provide bartenders to serve the alcohol we buy.  They also provide the plates, table linen, etc. It also includes a on-site over see-er for the entire duration of the event.  These people even package your leftovers for you!


We're having about 50 ppl so it's kind of expensive for 50 ppl but they are really worth it cause the food is delish and they are very attentive!


... as for the cake, we are having a vendor that was voted into the top five vendors in the country! KB Kake Creations and they are awesome as well.  Having a yellow cake w/folded in white chocolate... guava and coconut filling on one tier, chocolate ganache and raspberry in another tier and just plain guava on the top tier. MmmmMmmm :)

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 5:51 am
TheFutureMrs.Shoe
4
12/30/2010
TheFutureMrs.Shoe

TheFutureMrs.Shoe

  • 4
  • 13
  • 3.46k
429
Followers
433
Following

TheFutureMrs.Shoe

We're doing a buffet...having our chinese food catered but everything else (sides, beverages, chicken, meatballs, etc) will be made by family members.  Jason parents have a crap load of stuff growing in their garden too so we're all set =)

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 9:51 am
DreamingOfYou
10
12/31/2011
DreamingOfYou

DreamingOfYou

  • 10
  • 17
  • 13.4k
408
Followers
412
Following

DreamingOfYou

I want to have a DIY dessert and hors d'oeuvres reception.

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm
TxBride.MrsBentley
3
10/23/2010
156
Followers
160
Following

TxBride.MrsBentley

We're doing a dessert reception with coffee bar. We have this local coffee shop that is amazing and they have an express bar (makes frappes, tea, lattes, etc.) and we'll just do that. We're going to have a lot of people, but I'm just hoping they won't mind! We aren't having alcohol either.

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm
haute.bride
4
03/25/2012
haute.bride

haute.bride

  • 4
  • 13
  • 2.25k
268
Followers
271
Following

haute.bride

Q:  If you hired a catering company in a location w/o a kitchen on site( dance studio)?  Would it be possible to keep food fresh and edible? 

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm
deekitten
1
11/13/2010
deekitten

deekitten

  • 1
  • 2
  • 13
5
Followers
9
Following

deekitten

We are just getting started on this process.  But I have a friend in Ohio (where the wedding will be, I am currently in Maryland) that will be doing a large part of the cooking for the wedding.  It will be buffet style - so far we have chicken rigatoni, mashed potatoes, veggie platters, shrimp (either served cold or steamed).  This is just what we definately know -- as for the cake and desserts.  I saw on the DIY list, the little cake and brownies on sticks that I am going to see about making.  I also have a friend that is sending me the name of the lady who made her cake for a really great price.  Trouble is she is in PA, but if she can make it and I can put it together that should work too.


We are having about 50 people at the wedding, and trying to keep the food budget from killing us. 

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 3:45 am
ronica.wheeler.crews
3
01/01/0003
133
Followers
137
Following

ronica.wheeler.crews

The FutureMrs- Sounds like you guys are doing good! Mmm Chinese food would be great!


TxBride.MrsB-the coffee bar is a great idea! I'm sure they won't mind..dessert and coffee sounds good to me!


hautemama3- Hmm good question.. maybe you should post that on the main thread of the forum but I'll try to help ya. At my venue we have refrigerator but no stove...but our caterer prob won't show up until 7pm (during the cereomony..there's a back door to the reception area so it wouldn't interrupt anything!) so they would prob set everything up then. I figure depending on what type(s) of food you have you would be fine if the caterer supplied chafing dishes..if you're diy'ing the food than you can rent chafing dishes from most local rental places or even buy disposable ones from sams club, costco, etc.


deekitten- Your buffet selection sounds great so far! You're so lucky to have your friend helping you out!

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:25 am
ronica.wheeler.crews
3
01/01/0003
133
Followers
137
Following

ronica.wheeler.crews

LauraSweet- Your kids menu sounds GREAT!


TomboyBride- That's awesome that you stayed in your budget with your food! I would have spent that much money if I could... unfortunately I never thought about catering until recently! lol. I'm just now getting organized, it's terrible!


cd5562- Mmmmm your cake sounds FABULOUS!

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 7:28 am
cd5562
4
05/15/2010
cd5562

cd5562

  • 4
  • 15
  • 3.86k
98
Followers
101
Following

cd5562

Thanks ronica!  I'm kinda excited about it.  I was just going over the final design with the baker yesterday.  This is one bride who definatley WILL have a piece of her own cake ;)

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 2:48 am
mandarooz
3
10/29/2011
mandarooz

mandarooz

  • 3
  • 11
  • 614
217
Followers
221
Following

mandarooz

I am looking for a caterer, just to get ideas on pricing-- but my end up DIY caterering with Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, rolls. Pink lemonade, regular lemonade, and water.  No alcohol, too many guests coming from out of town.

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Princessmiapuff
4
05/29/2010
Princessmiapuff

Princessmiapuff

  • 4
  • 11
  • 2.43k
101
Followers
104
Following

Princessmiapuff

Me and FI were haveing issues picking this. I want


Fried Chicken from giant eagle


Potato Salad


Baked Beans

Coleslaw

Fruits-Watermelon Wedges, Cantaloupe

Fresh Rolls and Butter

Cookies and cake

Iced Tea and Lemonade, Soda

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 1:10 am
deekitten
1
11/13/2010
deekitten

deekitten

  • 1
  • 2
  • 13
5
Followers
9
Following

deekitten

We are doing a DIY buffet.  So I have a good friend that has offered to do most of the cooking as a wedding gift to us.  Since this is our second wedding, and we already have our home established - that makes a great gift.  My daughter is gifting us with the purchasing of a majority of our food that needs to be cooked.  We are having chicken rigatoni, bowtie pasta with grapes and poppy seed dressing, bbq meatballs, potato salad, and some kind of veggie I think.  Maybe some rolls and butter, then soda for drinks and some desserts -- For 50 people.  I think that sounds like plenty to me.


 

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 6:02 am
« 1 3

Have a question? Contact Support
Top Contributors this Week
Miss_M_to_Mrs_W
42 posts
Kuppy13
29 posts
NicholeB
27 posts
Melo819
19 posts
Canooknic
18 posts
Uhlease
18 posts