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Any ideas on cheap rehearsal dinners and reception refreshments?
My budget is extremly tight at forty days out I found out money I had been waiting for isn't coming through. I need ideas on how to feed 40-60 people for a rehearsal dinner and idea's on cheap salty refreshments for the reception (250 guests are being invited)

Married: 06/20/2009
Posted On: May 18, 2009 at 7:06 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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May 18, 2009 at 7:47 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hi ther future Mrs. Foster...Wow you really do not have much time. Here is what I would suggest for your Rehearsal Dinner. Have it at your house a relatives house or a shelterhouse somewhere, after all it does stay lighter later (a house is great if the backyard is big enough. You can never go wrong with a big pan or two of Marzetti, yes Marzetti. Its cheap and it goes so well with different kinds of rolls and bread then mix up alot of salad, don't spend alott on the salad. Buy at Aldi's or somewhere different types of greens, throw in some cheese and croutons and offer 2 to 3 different dressings. Use good paper plates set it all out and everyone helps themselves. This is cheap, casual and it gives everyone a chance to relax and have fun before the big event. Plus you will save on the bar bill, buy a few cases and put it on ice, mix up some lemonaide and have a bottle of gin handy. Use your own style to get it the way you want it, but thinking along these lines will help.
May 19, 2009 at 1:23 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
How about a backyard BBQ? Buy meat and veggies from Costco. The best part about BBQ's is they can be as lavish as you want them to be- it can be burgers and hot dogs, or you can throw in some steaks and fish. Some side dishes and condiments ( has tons of ideas) and you're all set to go! Decorations can be as informal as bunches of flowers in simple Ikea vases and maybe some Chinese lanterns. Its also fairly quick to arrange.

Re: cheap, salty refreshments- For my wedding, in lieu of cocktail hour, I gave out these mixed cashew nut favours. I packaged them in clear plastic cones that I bought from, and the nuts themselves were from Costco- bought in bulk, and then I just added ribbon from Michael's, and a tag. They were a big hit and gave guests something to munch on before dinner.

Married: 09/12/2009
May 22, 2009 at 9:25 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
hey girl congrats on your weddding well yes i dont know your location but i live in houston and we have a food town down here wheres your local grocery store? and your local 99 cents store? Heres what you do invite some friends over who knows how to be creative get finger foods and go to the dollar stor they have have some really nice things get your trays from there decerate your party trays with garnesh and fresh flowers go to walmart also get your toothpicks girl put some on toothpicks and they will never know you only went to those places if you do it right ok then girl hope everything works out for you!!! may your day be blessed!


Granny's Bridal Boutique
May 23, 2009 at 4:39 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello "future mrs.foster",

If you are wanting to have a sit down meal, you might want to check with the culinary schools in your area. Students are ready and willing to practice their skills and the cost is usually much less expensive than hiring a professional caterer.

As for the salty refreshments, you can go to a bulk store and pick up just about anything. You will just need to have the serving dishes to put them in. You can find those for relatively inexpensive too. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Married: 05/16/2009
May 25, 2009 at 1:52 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hi, my husband and I had an outdoor cookout at my parents' house. Very informal, b/c both our families are laid-back. He and my brother-in-law ran the grill, everyone mingled and talked. We had it at my parents house b/c there's lots of acreage. The kids romped and played, adults talked. We went to Sam's Club and bought ribs, chicken quarters, salad and fixings, burgers and hot dogs and all the necessary condiments, buns and spices. We served 35 people- kept it close with wedding party and immediate family members. If you have access to a place like Costco or Sam's you could have them make up a refreshments tray for you, or other restaurants in your price range. Even Quizno's caters with sandwich trays. For our reception, we bought cheese, olive and meat trays from Sam's club for our cocktail hour b4 the dinner reception. We even bought some bags of cooked, peeled, frozen shrimp and served them w/ cocktail sauce, too. I hope this helps- we had 95 out of 165 guests show up.
May 26, 2009 at 12:22 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Some of the most elegant weddings I have played for have served hors d'oeuvres, champagne and wedding cake. In fact, I often wonder how people manage to eat a full dinner after the substantial buffets provided for the cocktail hour. You might ask your caterer if this is possible.

Having planned the wedding of our dreams, recently, ourselves, I added a page with lots of ideas that work to my website at:

Best wishes!
Margaret Sneddon, Harpist


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