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
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luckily, my aunt is a caterer... so she's offering us a family deal at $200 for finger foods... which is perfect because i wanted more of a party style reception anyway and dinner didnt fit in2 my vision! but our menu is: chicken wing dings, meatballs, chicken salad, spaghetti salad, fruit cascade, chocolate fountain with all the fixings and of course the cake :) $200?!? cant beat it :)

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm
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Backyard BBQ food! 2 types smoked meat+Angus burgers+all beef Nathan's hot dogs+3 sides+Chocolate Cake!.... Ohhh & a Whole Smoked Pig(apple in his mouth)              150 people=approx. $2500. We love it!~ http://cityqbbq.com/photos.php Possibly in our backyard, or at our local park picnic shelter($135/ 4hrs shelter holds 100 people)......


Our Black&White inspiration:


Backyard BBQ food 2 photo 1384774-1

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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I'm so excited about menu that i have to share!!


Menu for 120 people @ $12 per person.
Total:    $1440.00


Cocktail Hour:
Sweet potato chips w/ mango salsa
Sauteed scallops on skewers
Chicken lettuce wraps
Cheese platter


Main Course:
Soy and honey glazed chicken
Blackened Tilapia
BBQ chicken linguine
Spicy Cajun (chicken) gumbo
White rice


Braised vegetables
Fruit salad


Beverages:


Fresh squeezed raspberry-lemonade
Sweet/Unsweetened Tea

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 3:58 am
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My catering is $1600 with two servers!  It's a local BBQ place that is fantastic, but family-owned, so they are able to do it cheap.  Beef brisket, grilled chicken, sausage, salad, potatoes, corn bread, and mac and cheese! 

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 1:50 am
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Omg Golden Corral would be awesome!! We have to have catering from our venue - we have the tasting next week but Im pretty sure it will be a chicken dish, potatoes, veges, salad, rolls (plated lunch = 10.95 pp) with tea and milk. We are getting a liquor punch fountain and beer which will come out to about $600 or so, $2.25 pp for unlimited soda...I am getting the cake from Walmart I think - SUPER cheap....although FI really wants an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins which is $3 pp...I think Im doing pretty good on this part of the budget!!

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 6:37 am
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we are opting for a "cocktail" reception instead of a sit-down dinner.  TONS of yummy little appetizers and some home-made sangria...yum!

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 7:16 am
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@MrsFord2Be2009 - wow, that's an amazing deal you got!  $12/p for all that is excellent!


I went buffet style.  We didn't go with any one caterer, got a dish from here, 2 from there, kinda thing.  We got some delicious finger foods from Dean and Deluca, they're pricey so we offset that by getting jerk chicken/mac n cheese and more substantial food from local spots.  One also threw in a 2 tier cake (I'm a frequent eater there, lol) - - terrible icing job but I was grateful and it tasted pretty good.  My aunt bakes so she did my main cake and a sheet cake for guest for free.  We didn't serve it, just put it in boxes for favors. Ended up spending about $250 for around 40 pple not including drinks.  My mother took care of the alcohol and drinks.

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm
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@ abby_c -  Thanks!! I shopped around until I felt that I got the best deal possible. The food is excellent and my caterer is so nice! I'm so excited.

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm
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Luckily my mom is a caterer so we will only have to pay for some of the food, she also has the linens, silverware, glasses, serving utensils etc.  I'm not sure where we getting our cakes from

Posted on April 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm
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I AM THINKING ABOUT DOING DIY CATERING, HEY I CAN COOK ALMOST ANYTHING(EXCEPT SWEETS) I PLANNING OF GETTING SOME FAMILY, FRIENDS, HELPERS TO HELP MY OUT. I WAS THINKING PAELLA? MAYBE TOO EXPENSIVE. SO I THINK I AM GOING TO MAKE A SALAD BAR, APPETIZERS, PASTA BAR(WHO DO NOT LIKE PASTA?) AND AN EMPANADA BAR (MINI), WITH DIFFERENT STUFFING. FOR DRINKS I WAS THINKING MAYBE SANGRIA, MARGARITA OR OTHER SIGNATURE DRINK BAR. MY FAMILY DO EAT AND DRINK ALOT(THEY LOVE ANY KIND OF PATY), SO I HAVE TO FIND OUT AWAY TO CUT FOOD EXPENSES.


CAKE: I WANT SOMETHING SIMPLE, I LIKE COCONUT AND GUAVA CAKE.


I AM GOING TO USE SUPERCOOK.COM FOR SOME FOOD IDEAS,I LOVE THAT WEBSITE!


 

Posted on April 22, 2010 at 6:35 am
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my receptions on the beach so i want a light layed back theme and basically all DIY. i plan on ordering some $5 foot longs from subway and cutting them into finger size held together with decorative matching toothpick. A decorative fruit bowl made out of a watermelon filled with several fruit scooped into small balls . Small bite size carmel apples maybe or some cookies. My famous strawberry cheesecake. Homemade sweet tea... Things on that order i dont have a set menu yet

Posted on April 24, 2010 at 6:05 am
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Having BBQ.... Pulled chicken, Ribs, Beef Brisket, Mac n Cheese, baked beans, green beans, corn bread, buns....& cake  :)

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 10:27 am
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I think I am changing my menu... Soul food, taco, pizza, Pasta bar, these are some cheap options...

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 7:01 am
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We were going to do hors d'oeuvres but I realized that actually isn't any cheaper than catering a full meal.  So we're going with my favorite meal of all, dessert!  This is what I am thinking of:


 


-cheesecakes from Costco


-mixed fruit (maybe a chocolate fountain? or maybe pound cake and whipped cream)


-mini tarts - I have some recipes


-brownies and cookies - I'll ask a friend to make these


-truffles, if I can buy them


-lemon squares - I'll ask someone to make these too


 


I also want to have some low-sugar or sugar-free options for people who either don't have much of a sweet tooth or who are watching their weight.  Any ideas for that?  I have a huge sweet tooth so I'm wandering into unknown territory with the idea of sugar-free dessert.

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 9:11 am
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Because I have the smallest budget in the world it seems, I thankfully have some amazing (and I mean amazing!) cook friends. We are skipping on traditional scoops for catering, and offering tons of little h'orderves instead, with a focus on a desert table full of homemade cookies, pies, and one small two tier gluten free cake, I am making with my friend 2 days before.


I went to my friend (who is executive chef), and offered instead of her purchasing a gift, if she would match my budget (which i set for 200). She gladly offered, and we are working together to put everything together in light, but yummy little snacks to be offered throughout the evening.


Originally, we were honestly looking into doing a potluck style wedding ( we are doing city hall for the ceremony, and skipping straight to cocktail/reception hour for the realy celebration!)..but i cut that idea immediately. Because we picked a great time (between brunch hour an dinner hour) it is not required that you offer a full course meal during that period. Since it is starting at a good time, people we have their bellies full with lunch and will just want to snack til we end the night at 10 or 11pm.  We are only inviting 40-60 people MAX, so its not a concern about making tons of people happy, and since its an adult event (no children allowed), it puts the whole budget into perspective, without worrying about making everyone happy, or fitting into their "mealtime".


 


I'm still working on the list of 6-8 h'orderves to serve, but one is strawberries, stuffed with vanilla lemon soy heavy whipcream, and a chocolate flake (its seriously yummy, and we buy at a farmer's market which is organic, local raised, and bulk cheap!), also looking into a pulled pork h'orderves, another vegan h'orderves, vegetable h'orderves, and some inbetweens (cheese base). I seriously cannot wait to get the list together with my friend and share it.. We will be baking/cooking/at our place, since the reception will be at our loft space) Free kitchen, utinsels, etc!


 


I recommend setting a time frame that is between lunch and dinner to really cut on cost, and not feel required to serve people.

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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We are doing a cocktail reception,our problem is that our wedding is in dover,De  in June 2011and there are not that many caterers there and the venue is in theater so no kitchen.Reading this has given  me so many ideas as to how to present the hor duerves and cocktails.But if you have ant ideas let  me know

Posted on November 6, 2010 at 11:50 am
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Since we're having a small (and I mean small, 20-30 people) outdoor ceremony, we've talked about doing deli-style lunch. There's a great place we eat at called Jason's Deli (I think they're everywhere) that serves really fresh, healthy foods. We'll do croissant sandwiches, pinwheels, pasta salads, fruits, and veggies. Since it's pretty much dressed up party platters, the total cost will be VERY cheap, and food I know we'll all enjoy! 


jasonsdeli.com/

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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we are having a BBQ wedding aswell.


this is what we will have:



  • Fresh Fruit display w/ French Vanilla Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  • Vegetable Display W/ Ranch Dipping Sauce

  • BBQ Ribs

  • Pulled Pork

  • BBQ Chicken

  • Hamburgers

  • German Hot Dogs

  • New York Strip Steak

  • Italian Sausage, Onions & Peppers

  • Potato Salad

  • Coleslaw

  • BBQ Beans

  • Salt Potatoes

  • Corn on the Cobb

  • Vegetable Pasta Salad.


all for $25 pp, and kid under 10 or half off and any kid under 4 is free.


we will have 150 people make it a total od $3750 with out bar, and we will have an open bar that will be gifted to us, that is $17 pp for 6 hrs, top shelf $2550.

Posted on December 22, 2010 at 4:19 am
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For my girlfriend's wedding we did Walmart fried Chicken.


100 pieces-50 dollars.  We did 300 pieces.  150 dollars 


Sam's Club green beans and corn.  (mixed them and added butter and seasoning)


Baked beans.


4 bags of premade lettuce and several heads of lettuce. (mixed the two so it had the "color" but yet not the price.


Bought pre-sliced bread from walmart and sliced them in half.  (Spurged a little on buying a loaf of rye bread to make it have a pretty)


We bought the tin buffet style pans to put all of the different foods in. 


No one knew that it was Walmart chicken, they truly thought it was catered.  As a gift to the bride/groom two women ran the "buffet" and it was perfect.


 

Posted on January 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm
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This is still something we are going over but I've found two options that are sounding really good right now.


One will be about $22 pp for a Delux Fajita buffet thats cooked and served on site, has waiters as well as cake cutting, all china needed and personalized service. Kinda liking this option. It would be about $1000 for the four hours food service and all food.


Then there's another place we are still waiting on word from so I can't give full pricing but it would be about $15 pp


 

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm
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