Cheap Wedding Food Ideas
Now more than ever, newlywed “to-be’s” are looking for ways to cut corners when it comes to wedding costs. An extravagant, over-the-top wedding may be a dream for many but overspending on weddings often causes couples to start the race of life with their shoelaces tied, financially speaking.
If you’ve ever offered to pick up the lunch tab for your coworkers or try a new fancy restaurant without price checking first, you may have experienced the sticker shock that comes with underestimating the cost of dining out for even a small group.
Now multiply that experience times your wedding guest list and you can see why it may be worth the time to put a little thought into cheap wedding food ideas.
The first, and perhaps most obvious, variable to consider is the size of your guest list. While you may find that some of your guests don’t RSVP, take some time to estimate how many guests you anticipate at your reception. Naturally, the more guests you have attending the higher your food costs will be.
Once you’ve established a decent estimate, it’s time to get creative. Remember, presentation is the key since we’re going cheap but trying not to appear so. Instead of opting for more expensive foods (such as seafood) look into popular and inexpensive recipes and dishes that call for chicken or pork. One of the most satisfying yet economic food ideas is incorporating pastas and breads into your reception food itinerary.
Not only are pastas and breads appealing to most people, they are also loaded with carbs which make them very filling foods. The less people you have going for seconds, the more you save on food costs. Ingredients for salads are usually inexpensive as well and go over well with bread sticks and pasta. The choice of dressing drastically changes a salad so having basic salad ingredients with a variety of dressings will sure to please many different preferences.
Once you have both your guest list and dish ideas finalized, make a list of all the ingredients that you will need. Because you will be buying in bulk, you can generally get great deals on these already economical foods at various warehouse stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco’s.
If you don’t own a membership yourself, it is highly likely that someone in your inner circle involved in your wedding does. Some of these stores can actually prepare foods especially for weddings and will often charge a fraction of what a full scale caterer would charge you.
As you can see, you can make dishes that are wonderfully popular and cost significantly less than you might think. The best part is, the money you save can be tucked away into savings or, if you must splurge, can be put toward a nice, romantic honeymoon with your new husband or wife.