How To Have amazing Wedding Food on a Budget

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!

Grazing Tables

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!

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VIA stylemycelebration.com.au

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VIA One Fab Day

Brunch

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.

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VIA Inspired By This

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VIA Mod Wedding

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VIA Wedding Chicks

Taco Bar

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? 🥑

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VIA Pinterest

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VIA Pure Wow

Barbeque

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.

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