Feed them and they will Come: Wedding Receptions

Trying to figure out what to serve your wedding guests can be a headache. Trying to figure out what to serve wedding guests on a small budget can be an even bigger headache, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow these simple guidelines and suggestions.

Caterers provide quotes based on a per person fee. If you think that spending $30.00 per person for a simple plated chicken and choice of two select veggies is not expensive then try multiplying $30 x 200 guests. Your already at $6000.00 and this does not include your caterers service charge for their labor and any staff they will be providing for your event.


It is your wedding and ultimately you and your fiance have the final say on what to serve your guests. This is where you need to really get creative and think about ways in which you can maximize your budget for food cost.

Look at these unique menu ideas

Unique Menu Option A- Perfect for a sunrise wedding ceremony:


scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes, fruit, sweet rolls, coffee, assorted teas, and juice

Unique Menu Option B – Works quite nicely or a  2:00 pm midday wedding as guests will have already eaten lunch:

Image(photo credit: Sarah Maren Photgraphy)


Create a lavish display of desserts including cakes, pies, miniature cupcakes, cookies, fudge or any of your favorite sweet treats pair this setup with a coffee station of assorted coffee and creams and you have created a dessert oasis! Oh don’t forget the milk

Unique Menu Option C  – Works well with any wedding anytime of day formal or informal


Create a pasta bar! Use different types of pasta from linguine , bow-tie, rigatoni etc , add a variety of sauces such as Alfredo, marinara, garlic-butter or any other favorite. Can also pair the pasta bar with a fresh salad bar with assorted veggies and dressings and assorted breads. This option gives guests a choice and is also vegetarian friendly!!!

If none of these unique options for feeding your wedding guests suit your fancy you can always rely on what I call the old faithful. Old faithful is inexpensive, tried and true( which means most guest will eat it) and will allow you to serve your guest a plated dinner within your budget if a plated dinner is your desire. However keep in mind that old faithful is nothing to write home to mom about, nor will your guests be leaving any rave reviews. However, chicken, rice, two basic vegetables of your choice, rolls, tea and water can get you a plated dinner under $30.00 with most caterers.


For one on one help planning your unique wedding reception menu and all those other important details for your wedding day visit your budget savvy planner at www.adiyaffairweddingsandevents.com to set up your free chat and chocolates consultation or call me directly at 423-521-2349 There are many more unique options that can suit your unique personal style for  your wedding day.

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