I am looking for cheap food ideas for a fall wedding reception. It will be buffet style.
By Helen from Wintergarden, FL
I would go with casseroles/hot dishes, salads, etc. Some people are making things like that for potlucks. (08/12/2010)
I did my sisters revow in 02 and boy, did we have a tight budget! Just 500.00 for the whole thing. I made:
And of course, wedding cake. I hope this helps. No one went away hungry! (08/13/2010)
What time of the day is your wedding? Do you really need to feed the guests a meal? Our daughter was married at 8 in the evening in July and we served strawberry shortcake, nuts, and mints. The individual cakes were arranged on a huge tiered silver tray with paper lace doilies, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and a silver tongs to pick them up. The very top tier had a small personal size wedding cake. Silver punch bowls filled with whipped cream and crushed and whole sugared strawberries served with large silver ladles and serving spoons. Sparkling cider in champagne glasses and coffee.
We did rent glassware and silverware, but did not need a lot of pieces because of what we were serving. Guests served themselves from the beautiful formal long table, set up in the church garden. We hired college students dressed as waiters (black pants/white shirts) to serve the cider and clear items. Twenty plus years later people still comment on how elegant and fun it was. With this budget it also allowed for a small string quartet to play for dancing in the evening in the social hall.
The same idea could be used at other times of the year with a dessert menu to fit the season. Even an ice cream bar with cookies. It is really all in the presentation of whatever you are serving. The silver items can be rented or borrowed from friends. So many have these kind of items that don't get used often enough and love to share them. Sometimes your church has a great supply to draw on. If you don't like silver, clear glass or Lucite or any solid color that is consistent throughout can look grand too. Have fun!
I don't know if this will help, but I found the neatest blog and they have a section on their wedding that I think is just too cool: http://www.younghouselove.com/wedding-album/. Maybe you can find some ideas here. Best wishes. :) (08/14/2010)
I did the catering for my daughter's wedding in February 2009. I started 4 months ahead of time and made and froze everything. I did tiny chicken turnovers, rice balls, quiche which I cut up later into little pieces, a large rectangular pizza, also cut up into little pieces later, dips, sausage rolls (homemade) and apple sheet cake which I also cut up later. I made almond macaroons as well. All were frozen for later and all I had to make were the ham and cheese sandwiches which I had help with.
We had 150 guests and all went really well. The wedding cake was ordered out since I'm not good at cake decorating, but if you feel confident enough, there are many recipes and help to do this at home as well. All the recipes I found on a site called allrecipes.com. The secret is to pace yourself and not try to do too much in one go. Twice a week, I would dedicate a day for baking and such and I had no problems at all since I started 4 months beforehand. I calculated 2 pieces of everything per person and it was enough with leftovers. (08/15/2010)
Pasta salads are cheap to make. Go to the Food Network website for budget ways to save money on food. (08/17/2010)
I had a fall wedding in 2006, our budget was $300 to feed 175 guests. We purchased all the meats (boston butt-pork loins + turkey breast). My God. Dad smoked and sliced all of these for me. My favorite restaurant donated all the rolls as a wedding present to us, and we asked my sisters-in-law to be to do covered dishes (rice pilaf, garlic and bacon green beans, sauteed mushrooms, iced tea, apple cider, and mulled cider).
My wedding cakes $140 for (8) were all different flavors related to fall (red velvet, marble fudge chocolate chip, spice, raspberry white chocolate, lemon mousse, praline, devil food chocolate, and vanilla cream). My cakes looked the same on the outside (white chocolate frosting w/chocolate tree branches piped on). My cakes were all 10 inches and my MIL to be made cream cheese and sour cream pound cakes. For pound cake toppings we chose vanilla yogurt, sliced peaches, walnuts, and honey.
Since my wedding colors were ivory, chocolate, and all fall colors for the accents we had a candy bar and used all green glass candle holders in varying heights filled with chocolate covered pretzels (chocolate, white chocolate, and marble), M&Ms, Hershey kisses, Hershey mini candy bars from the holiday season series, and chocolate covered nuts and raisins.
It was very pretty. We anchored all the tables with dried fall leaves and coffee beans. All of these items were purchased from Sam's Club, Walmart, and Kmart in advance 2-3 months prior. (09/09/2010)
Canned green beans jazzed up, boxed rice such as Rice a Roni brand (wild rice or rice pilaf), mashed potatoes, bread puddings, sweet potato casserole, mac n cheese, broccoli or squash casseroles, apple sauce, polenta/grits, cous cous, chicken dishes, pot roast, salmon or tuna croquettes, rice or bean cakes, fritters, etc. Hope this helps. (09/09/2010)
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