In today’s foodie climate, we’re all grateful that wedding food has evolved beyond dry chicken and overcooked vegetables. According to Martha Stewart food and drink eats up at least 40% of your total wedding budget (and she isn’t ever wrong when it comes to feeding people).
But what if you want amazing food with a normal person’s budget? And you’re thinking, “how do I feed all of those people?!” We’ve gathered some of our favorite big crowd/ low budget food options, so you don’t have to sacrifice taste or aesthetics! 🥂 Here’s to having your cake and eating it too!
Not only are grazing tables one of the hottest food trends, they’re also incredibly, budget-friendly. Think of grazing tables as a giant, beautiful, charcuterie-board. The meats + cheeses will be the majority of the expense here, but you can add so many inexpensive goodies that you can buy in bulk from Costco. Think olives, crackers, fruit 🍇, nuts 🌰, breads, cut veggies 🥒 + dip, etc. This is an especially great option, if you’re hosting your wedding at a time that doesn’t demand a full meal. But don’t get us wrong, we would be more than happy to attend a wedding featuring one of these!
Bringing your favorite “Sunday Funday” meal to your wedding is a sure fire way that no one will go hungry without breaking the bank, and really, who doesn’t love brunch?! Eggs, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, fruit - all of your brunch staples will cost significantly less than other dinner meal alternatives. Add a signature bacon station 🥓 or a standout doughnut wall 🍩 to up the visual aesthetic of a brunch wedding.
If you are planning an evening wedding where food is normally expected, a self-serve taco bar is one of the least expensive ways you can feed your guests a full meal. And who doesn’t love tacos? 🌮❤️Make sure to include plenty of fun, tasty toppings like: mango, pickled onions, cilantro and - can you even eat tacos without guac? 🥑
If you’re planning an outdoor or summer 🌞 wedding, barbecuing is a great, budget-friendly option. You would think this would cost more, since it is heavy on the meat. However, you can still feed a crowd because BBQ is slow cooked which allows your cater to use less expensive cuts-of-meat. Plus, traditional barbecue sides like: coleslaw, beans and mac and cheese 🧀 are also very affordable and easy to prepare for lots of people. Up the elegance level, by serving a BBQ meal plated rather than on a buffet line or family style.