Budgets are easy to break when it comes to wedding reception food.
- Browse the food aisle at the dollar store. This is probably one of the best money-saving tips out there. There is plenty of food at the dollar store that you can use for your wedding. There is bread you can use for a sandwich bar, noodles to use for pasta salad, tuna for tuna salad, sauces to make spaghetti, crackers for cocktail-style appetizers, and much more!
- Stick to the cheap foods at the grocery store. These include potatoes, salads and pasta. For the potatoes you can have a potato bar by serving mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, whipped potatoes, fries, chips, etc.
- Consider a potluck. This would make the food absolutely free! If this makes you uncomfortable, you could always just ask to potluck one aspect of the meal, such as appetizers, soups or desserts. This is more common than you think!
Here are some helpful links to guide you:
For dollar-store shoppers, here is how to dress up the dollar-store food so your guests have no idea that your food came from the dollar store!
- Bread: Cut little sandwiches cocktail-style with a toothpick through the center. Use whatever you want to make the sandwiches; bacon, turkey, chicken, cold cuts, lettuce, cheese, tomato, etc.
- Ramen: Heat the noodles without the packet of flavor, since some people might recognize the taste and know where it came from (of course if you’re shameless and don’t mind, throw it in!). Throw in some ingredients that you want, depending on what you’re making. I would suggest this to be used for pasta salad, so you can throw in lots of different types of pasta and cook it up your way! You can have salsa, soy sauce, freshly-cut veggies, whatever you want. If you have no clue what to add in a pasta salad (which I openly admit is my case), google or look up on pinterest some recipes.
- Candy: A new trend surfacing is a candy bar. Select the candies you want to use for a candy bar at your wedding, and buy it in bulk!
- Crackers: There is a nice variety of crackers; original, plain, cheese, vegetable, salted, unsalted, whole grain, white, etc. Take the time to choose which types of crackers you want if you want to serve cheese and crackers or crackers with salsa at your wedding for finger foods, snacks or appetizers.
- Canned Food: You have a variety of canned vegetables, soups and meats at your disposal. What you can do is have a soup bar with the soups of your choice. Another option is to use canned veggies for a type of salad you want to make, like the aforementioned pasta salad. As for meats, you can use tuna for tuna salad or for a sandwich bar, as well as the meat spreads for the dollar store bread.
- Cookies: Another trending idea is a dessert bar! Check into the dessert section and there is sure to be cookies, sometimes even cakes!
All in all, look at the entire food section and choose what you can make something out of. It helps to already have a list of things you may need for the type of meal, buffet or food bar that you’d like to have at your wedding. Just keep an open mind and a creative heart and you’re sure to pull off a delicious masterpiece for your guests to eat up!
Tips for what to buy to use at the dollar store, what to prioritize in your wedding, and many more tips to make your wedding more affordable!
How to turn dollar-store bought items into beautiful, creative, unique wedding items.
The same woman who wrote the above two articles, makes a page for dollar store crafts and tutorials. Having items from the dollar store can easily NOT look tacky!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!
I thought we could kick it off with-you know it-more wedding advice! I am part of a few brides-to-be groups on facebook and I saw that a nice woman posted how her wedding went down for only $750! I knew I had to save and share not only for myself, but for you as well! Here is what she posted, with a little editing by myself. Enjoy!
By: Tambry Green
We did our wedding in 2005 for $750.
- We had a casual barbecue at a state park (saved everyone on clothes to wear), admission was $1 per person and pavilion was $75 all day.
- We had a local barbecue prepare the meat and had various members of our family make sides.
- My dress was from ROSS! A casual white ankle length dress $20! My shoes were from Payless. Hubby wore (a new pair) of khakis and white linen shirt. MAKEUP- I did my own. HAIR – Another friend who was a hairdresser did it.
- No DJ. FREE!
- Flowers were silk and on clearance. The store arranged them for me FREE. They are now in my bedroom in an arrangement.
- Friend was our photographer. FREE!
- We made our own cupcakes and bought a little $5 cake from Walmart for us to cut.
- Our favors were personalized koozies the guests could use for the wedding.
- No alcohol. FREE!
- We had picnic tables and decorated with ceramic glazed pots with fresh flowers planted in them. We did buy an arch and decorated with the extra flowers in the arch.
- The Pastor was a friend from our work. FREE!
- I made our invitations and had everyone call or email, instead of sending formal replies.
- We recorded the music for the ceremony. I play piano/organ, my Grandmother also does, and my Mom plays flute. It was nice that wen were able to ‘do my music’ and be able to enjoy the ceremony. We are all professional musicians. FREE!
IT CAN BE DONE!
Here is an article I found on pinterest tagged under “cheap wedding”. What great ideas! It does involve some DIY crafting. What it reminds me is that shabby-chic theme actually is perfect for a budget-friendly wedding! Other themes that can go along with shabby-chic or vintage is mad-hatter, tea party, garden party, etc. You can use what you already have in your own home as decorations! Examples: Picture frames of various sizes (empty) hung on trees, various furniture like a couch, dresser and mirror, living room tables set out to take photos with or just as decorations. You can also use tall ladders to use as a stand or to use to hold things up like lights attached to the ladder on one end and a tree on another. Chandeliers, lamps, books and old vases can also be used to decorate. The possibilities are endless!
For more ideas, please visit this very helpful and insightful website link: