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3 Budget-Friendly Catering Ideas For An Outdoor Wedding

Weddings aren't cheap, and catering can eat up a huge chunk of your budget. However, there are alternatives to paying for all your guests to enjoy a three-course formal dinner. If you're happy to share a more relaxed meal with your guests, consider these budget-friendly catering options, which are particularly suited to outdoor weddings:

Hog Roast

Hog roast catering is a fun option that provides your guests the opportunity to enjoy freshly carved, spit roasted pork with a selection of side dishes. The catering company will provide a carver who will ensure the meat is cooked as it should be and keep your guests' bellies full. Coleslaw, salad and a selection of pickles make ideal side dishes. Don't worry if you have vegetarian or vegan guests, as your caterer can supply a meat-free nut roast, if required.

Garden Party

Posher than a hog roast, but still more relaxed than a sit-down meal, a garden party is a good option if you're having your reception in the early afternoon. Guests can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, premium single origin teas and dainty sweet treats. The catering company can provide a bone china tea set if you want to add a little more elegance to the reception. You can select whatever sandwich fillings you and your guests would enjoy, but here are a few examples to consider:

  • Smoked ham, brie and pear
  • Chicken with spinach and creamy basil pesto
  • Shrimp with lemon and dill mayonnaise
  • Hummus, roasted red pepper and micro greens

Funfair Feast

Do you and your spouse love visiting the funfair? Why not incorporate everything you love about classic funfair food into your wedding day. Food cart catering companies provide staff to serve the food from the carts, and they'll do all the setting up and clearing away of the equipment. Treat your guests to fairy floss, hot dogs and popcorn, and they won't forget your wedding in a hurry. You could even extend the theme beyond the food and set up some fun stalls, such as hoopla and stick lotto.

These are just a few suggestions for catering an outdoor wedding on a budget. When choosing a caterer for your wedding, keep in mind the atmosphere you want to create. Are you happy with just the food, or would you like your caterer to provide table decorations and sundry items, such as cake bags for your guests? A good catering company will work with you and tailor a catering package to meet your needs and your budget.