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Wedding menu??

Katie, on December 11, 2020 at 10:44 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 30
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Okay, first post, so be gentle. My fiance and I are getting married on October 23rd, 2021. We've already booked our venue, a barn, and its exactly what we want. We want it to be pretty rustic and maybe a little industrial? (I'm not sure if that's the right word) and our main colors are burgandy and navy.


Its going to be a very small wedding, probably only 25-35 people at most, and most of them are his family (my family doesn't approve and refuses to come). So, we don't want to have a fancy dinner, because it wouldn't fit with the theme, and it would just be too much money to spend for people that don't really care what we serve. I do though. I know that I want a hot drink bar with hot chocolate, coffee, and apple cider, and a smores bar, because we're having a a bonfire as part of the reception. We want it to be very chill and laid-back, more like we're all just hanging out.
FH wants sliders and fries and a couple snack-type foods for the reception dinner, and I do really like the idea, I feel like it fits with what we want, and that would let us do a few different kinds for variety, i just don't know if its enough food for everyone, because I've really only seen sliders done as appetizers.. I do tend to be an over-planner, though, so I don't know. Thoughts??

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Latest activity by Amanda, on December 12, 2020 at 7:04 PM
  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    I think sliders are more of an appetizer, but you can definitely do a casual meal. Maybe you could rent a food truck with burgers or something like that? If covid isn't an issue by that time, maybe a chili bar?

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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
    Katie ·
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    I do like the idea of a food truck as well, he's just really hung up on the sliders idea because his dad offered to make them, so that would cut down costs a little bit. Chili bar is also on the table, but again, he's stubborn as all get out
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  • L
    Dedicated May 2021
    Lindsey ·
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    What time is your reception going to be? If it’s late evening past dinner time, or early afternoon before dinner then that should be no problem. If it’s around dinner time you could always add a few more sides, or make them more “filling” sides. Honestly you could just do what you already have in mind and let the guests know there will be food, but not a huge meal. Especially with it being a smaller wedding with mostly close family, I don’t think it would be a problem at all!
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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
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    The ceremony is going to be at sunset, so about 6:45-7, then food/fire. I know that nobody is gonna get upset, I just want to make sure there's enough, and that we don't have too much left over. What about mac and cheese with it?
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  • SLY
    Master January 2022
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    Are you having a cocktail hour after the ceremony? If so, the sliders could be served then! That way your FH gets what he wants, and you can pick food for the reception that's more filling for your guests.

    The problem with sliders as the reception dinner, is that it will take more than one or two to fill a guest up, so you'll probably end up spending more money on the supplies to make sliders for the reception dinner, than you would for an app during cocktail hour.

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  • L
    Dedicated May 2021
    Lindsey ·
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    I think that’s the perfect time to have more “snack” foods and not a full on dinner! I love mac & cheese and it’s filling & pretty easy/cheap to make a lot of so I would say that’s a great side option in my opinion!
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  • SLY
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    Just saw this after I submitted by response haha. But in that case, yes let your guests know that there will be light bites served. Our friends did that at their wedding and they had finger foods for the reception. They just said 'light bites and appetizers will be served during the reception'. That prepared us for what type, and size of food to expect!

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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
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    We're not having a cocktail hour, we can't serve alcohol at the venue, so unfortunately that's a no go 😞
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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
    Katie ·
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    That's kinda what I was thinking too, I just wanted to get other opinions!!
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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    As a guest, I would be unhappy with those optiins bc there aren't any healthier choices. Such as soups and salads?
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  • Caitlin
    Devoted May 2021
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    I love that! A hot drink bar is an amazing idea. My good friend just had her fall wedding. They did a similar theme. They catered a barbecue dinner for about 50 people. Chicken. Mac and cheese and brisket. They had deer and kabob appetizers. They had a smores bar with some pie and apple cider donuts.
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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
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    I do plan on doing some kind of soup alternative for a couple of people, but knowing the guests, its not gonna be a "main course." They're a bunch of, for lack of a better word, rednecks, and the soup/salad option isn't really their thing
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    Judith ·
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    Even if you get it precooked, also have 1-2 ready to eat barbecued chicken for those who do not eat red meat. A cookout with some special extras is fine for a nice barn wedding.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    That sounds delicious! Lots of catering companies do full size burgers and fries. Make sure to have vegan options too. Do a Google search for bbq picnic burger catering. Even some burger restaurants offer catering.


    But don't do the food truck route because even with small groups of 20 or less they take forever.
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  • Hanna
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    Sliders are great, but I'd recommend having something else more substantial as well since your wedding reception is during a mealtime and you'll want to make sure your guests have enough to eat.

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  • Erin
    Expert May 2021
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    I would say for sliders do 2-3 per person, depending on the person

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    Judith ·
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    Still, if you decide to do more, like chili, it is 1 big pot in advance, and compatible with your main thing.
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  • Katie
    Expert January 2021
    Katie ·
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    I would not not not not have his dad make them unless he is a professional chef/caterer. There are too many liabilities with food preparation and also, if he isn't a professional, this will most likely be very stressful. Have them brought in at least!

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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
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    His dad is a chef. He's worked at quite a few higher-end restaurants in the area, and has catered a few weddings, so he offered to make whatever we wanted!
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  • Katie
    Beginner October 2021
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    Okay, so I realized after posting this that when a lot of people hear slider, they only think of mini burgers. To clarify, I don't just mean burgers, I mean any kind of small sandwich, like ham and cheese on a hawaiian roll, cuban, or pulled pork to name a couple of examples
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