Wedding Food on a Budget

Tips for Affordable Wedding Food

First and foremost your budget is a must. I know it can be overwhelming but if you just take some time now to plan things out well it will be more stress free on your big day. If you have any doubts about how much money you have to spend on your food start a list and go line by line listing the amount you think you will spend. Then check and double check pricing then set an amount you know is realistic for your overall wedding budget.

1. Whether your budget is small, medium or large the starting point is always the same find what your total wedding budget is and work backwards from there. After you have your overall budget in stone then you can begin to break it up into amounts for each area of your wedding. List what the main priority is. For most it's the dress; then the reception still yet there are others that have the reception as their main focus the rest is icing on the cake so to speak. For you the budget will look different in the sense that it is what you value the most and then the least in your wedding planning.

2. Next start making pricing calls. Your food budget is a very important part of your wedding. If you are going to entertain your guest during a meal hour it can be pricey to serve a full meal so make sure you check your prices before deciding on your menu. Think about what time is right after a meal breakfast, lunch or dinner time if you are not serving a full meal. Your wedding could be set to be an hour in between the meal hour. If you do not have it in your budget to serve all your guests cake then make your cake table small and only have a bride and groom cake for pictures. Have a small punch table with maybe mints and pretzels or something to snack on. This can be a very affordable alternative. Serving just punch and cake is perfectly acceptable but make sure you have at least one serving per person. Try to plan to make your ceremony a shorter length of time so guests do not get restless and hungry. You will be able to have a beautiful affordable wedding no matter what you decide to serve if you take the time to plan it out.

3. Lets talk Wedding Cake. Professional wedding cakes can be pricey; any where from $1.50 per serving to 4.00 per serving. Know what your price point is and stick to it no matter what. Make sure you shop around do not buy anything unless you have checked three prices from different locations first. If you spend more in one area cut it in another to stay on your budget at all cost. You will be surprised when you see the difference in pricing I know I sure was. You can save $2.00 per serving just by shopping your wedding cake prices around. Stick to these few suggestions and you will have less head aches in the long run. Make sure you have a few things in mind before you call the local bakeries:

A. How many servings?

B. What shape of cake?

C. What color?

D. What flavor of cake?

4. Ask friends and family to help or if they know anyone who can. Many times you have a talented baker amongst you but you are so wrapped up in wedding plans you many not realize it. Ask friends and family to share ideas for your wedding you might be pleasantly surprised at some of the great feed back ideas on how to save money.

Corn 1 ear per person 1/2 for children
Corn 1 ear per person 1/2 for children

5. Weather you have your wedding catered or cater your own wedding you will need to work out serving proportions quantities for your food what ever kind it may be. Below you will find some helpful information that will aid you in doing just that. Make a list of guests and know how many people will show by sending RSVP invitations that people can return to you so you are fully aware of your guest number.

6. Work out your menu first then check pricing. You might be shocked to hear that something such as barbecue ribs will add any where from an extra $1.50 to $5.00 per guest. As you can see your menu is very important as well as your budget. Decide what kind of meal you would like to serve then see where your budget stands. There are many side items you can interchange to save you a ton of money. For example if you serve fresh grilled corn you grill yourself it can be affordable as low as .15 cents - .40 cents per serving.

7. There are many ways to save on your food budget but don't be afraid to ask the caters in your area what they suggest to save you some money. Some may have great ideas such as go with the cheapest cutlery, paper goods and other amenities and splurge on the food. After all the food is the star of your reception along side the bride and groom of course. You want guests to recall the great taste of the food rather than the fact you have all matching napkins and plates. So try to spend your money where your mouth is or your taste buds are anyways. Great food is always a plus at any wedding.

Great Appetizer Recipes

8. Consider paying a close friend or relative to prepare their special dish everyone loves. If you offer to by the items needed many great cooks in the family would be willing to help to bring a dish or two. This is known as pot luck if everyone pays for their own ingredients. Often when the wedding is to costly the family and friends will help out by bringing casseroles, side dishes or deserts. Many churches do this monthly as a way to help split the cost but feed a large number of people.

9. Consider having your wedding on a weekday rather than a weekend as the costs are higher on the weekends at most places. Most establishments are busiest during the weekends as most people work during the work week. Most events are planned on the weekend so to save a bit of money compare the weekends to week days you could save a bundle of cash.

10. Cater your own wedding. This is the ultimate wedding saver. I personally would not recommend this because your big day will be busy enough as it is but still there are some super brides out there that are more than capable of catering their wedding and still looking absolutely beautiful on their special day.

Food Serving Size Chart

Type Of Food
Amount of Food
Number of People Served
CHIPS
2 BAGS
25 PEOPLE
FRESH VEGETABLES
75 -125 pieces or 3-5 per person
25 PEOPLE
FROZEN ROASTED VEGETABLES
1 GALLON
25 PEOPLE
BRISKET
10 POUND
25 PEOPLE
Jello Pie
4-3 oz jello 4-8 oz Cool Whip 4-gramcracker crust
25 People

US Liquid Measurements

 
 
1 liter =
1.057 quarts
1 quart =
0.95 liter
1 gallon=
3.8 liters
1/8 cup =
2 tablespoons
1/4 cup =
4 tablespoons

Per Person Serving Amounts

(click column header to sort results)
1 pt. = 1 lb.  
2-3 People  
1 qt. - 2 lbs.
4-6 People
1/2 gal. = 4 lbs.
8-10 People
1 gal. = 8 lbs.
10-12 People

Cake & Ice Cream Servings

Sheet Cake
Size Servings
Servings
1/4 Sheet Cake (8"x12")
2 x 2
24
1/4 Sheet Cake (8"x12")
2 x 3
16
1/2 Sheet Cake (12' x 16")
2 x 2
49
1/2 Sheet Cake (12' x 16")
2 x 3
39
Full Sheet Cake (16" x 24")
2 x 2
96
Full Sheet Cake (16" x 24")
2 x 3
64
Ice Cream 1/2 Gallon
4 oz serving
16
Ice Cream 1 Gallon
4 oz Serving
32

Drink Serving Amounts

Amount
Size
Serves
1 Gallon
6 oz serving
21
2 Gallons
6 oz serving
42
3 Gallons
6 oz serving
63
4 Gallons
6 oz serving
84
5 Gallons
6 oz serving
105
6 Gallons
6 oz serving
126
7 Gallons
6 oz Serving
147
8 Gallons
6 oz serving
168
9 Gallons
6 oz serving
189
10 Gallons
6 oz serving
210
1 Gallon
8 oz serving
16
2 Gallons
8 oz serving
32
3 Gallons
8 oz serving
48
4 Gallons
8 oz serving
64
5 Gallons
8 oz serving
80
6 Gallons
8 oz serving
96
7 Gallons
8 oz serving
112
8 Gallons
8 oz serving
128
9 Gallons
8 oz serving
144
10 Gallons
8 oz serving
160

Serving Sizes

Cheese
Lettuce
Meat (boneless)
1/4 Lb Shredded=1 cup or 4 oz
1 head=5 cups or 5 servings
5-6 oz per person
1/2 Lb Shredded=2 cups or 8 oz
 
 
3/4 lb Shredded=3 cups or 12 oz
 
 
1 lb Shredded=4 cups or 16 oz
 
 

Pasta, rice, beans and Potatoes Yield

Pasta
1 lb Uncooked
3 lbs Cooked
Rice
1 cup
2 cups
Beans
1 pound
5-6 cups
Potatoes
1 pound
3 medium 2 1/4 cups peeled, diced 3 cups shredded 2 cups French fries 1 3/4 cups mashed
Instant Potatoes
1/3 cup
1/2 cup prepared
Noodles
1 cup uncooked
1 1/4 cooked
Noodles
1 pound
12 cups cooked

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