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Hi Everyone!  I’m so excited to offer a guest post to the Budget Savvy Bride!  My name is Marletha Booker and I’m here to talk about food. I’ll be sharing my Top 10 Inexpensive Wedding Foods! Let’s face it, weddings are expensive.  That’s why there are great resources such as the Budget Savvy Bride to provide advice, tips, and new ideas to couples.

As most of you already know, food is one of the largest expenses for a wedding.  However, there are several ways to lower your catering bill- offering limited selections like a signature drink instead of a full bar; using seasonal products; and/or hosting a dessert reception only.  While those are amazing cost effective options, one of the most obvious is selecting lower priced food items.  With that being the case, I’ve composed a list of ten inexpensive foods and I’ll show you how to incorporate them into your wedding menu.

This list contains items that you wouldn’t commonly think about especially in terms of your wedding, but I’m here to show you three things.

1. Great food doesn’t have to cost a ton of money.   2. Creativity is key
3. Presentation is just as important as what you’re serving


  1. Eggs
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Bananas
  4. Jello
  5. Pasta
  6. Ramen Noodles
  7. Oatmeal
  8. Potatoes
  9. Canned Tuna
  10. Bread


Brunch Wedding Meal Options

If you’re hosting a brunch reception, these items would work really well with your menu.  There are multiple obvious ways to serve eggs, bread, potatoes, and oatmeal at a brunch.  Let’s take a look at our list of items for menu ideas.

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Eggs: Huevos Rancheros, Omelets, Scrambled Eggs, Poached Eggs, Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls; Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter Pancake Syrup, Peanut Butter with a Variety of Crudites; Bananas: Banana Smoothies, Banana Nut Muffins, Banana Bread; Jello: Jello Squares Pasta: Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta Salad; Ramen Noodles: Fried Ramen Noodles; Oatmeal: Any Flavor of Oatmeal, Oatmeal Pancakes, Oatmeal Muffins; Potatoes: Latkes, Hashbrowns, Home Fries; Canned Tuna: Tomato, Corn & Tuna Salad, Mini Tuna Salad Sandwiches; Bread: Variety of Toasts and Jams, Traditional French Toast, French Toast Cups, Bread Pudding


Catering Stations, Displays, + Passed Hors d’oeuvres Options

If a brunch reception doesn’t interest you, consider stations, displays, and/or passed appetizers.

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Eggs: Deviled Eggs; Peanut Butter: Gourmet Peanut Butter Sandwiches- Try additions such as bananas, marshmallows, jelly, chocolate, etc. As well as substitutions such as bagels, raisin bread, etc., Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter & Banana Crepes; Bananas: Banana Pudding, Banana Smoothies, Bananas Foster; Jello: Jello Shots; Pasta: Fried Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta Station; Ramen Noodles: Stir Fry; Oatmeal: Oatmeal Cream Pies; Potatoes: Mashed Potatoes, French Fries; Potato Salad Cups Canned Tuna: Tuna Cake Sliders; Bread: Bruschetta Bar, Crostinis


Plated Meal Options

If you and your fiancé are opting for a plated meal- don’t worry!  There are budget friendly options available.Inexpensive Wedding Foods

Eggs: Baked Eggs in Zucchini; Peanut Butter: Asian Salad with Peanut Butter Glaze Bananas: Banana Sorbet, Banana Bread Pudding,   Jello: Molded Jello; Pasta: Spaghetti Primavera, Linguine, Baked Penne Pasta, etc; Ramen Noodles: Thai Curry Vegetable Soup Oatmeal: Wild Mushroom & Asparagus, Oatmeal, Oatmeal Crusted Chicken or Fish; Potatoes: Baked Potatoes, Potato Soup, Duchess Potatoes, Roasted Potatoes; Canned Tuna: Salad Nicoise; Bread: Rolls, Breadsticks



There are two things to note:

  1. Besides their price and availability, another great thing about these particular items is that they’re filling.  It doesn’t take a lot to get full from these items.
  2. These are only suggestions; all these items do not have to be served together.  Your menu should be cohesive.


Happy Planning & God Bless!


Marletha Booker is the editor and founder of the A Season to Celebrate! blog. As a Catering Manager and the former owner and principal event planner of In Season Events, LLC, she understands that an event is nothing without fabulous food. That’s why she created a blog dedicated to food and special events. Equipped with a degree in Culinary Arts and numerous certifications, she provides sound advice and inspiration to couples planning their weddings, food bloggers, and other event professionals.

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Denise

    All great ideas! Another one is to not get stuck in the *wedding food* rut!

    With our carnival themed wedding, we got a food truck with fried dough, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages w/ peppers/onions, popcorn & cotton candy for only $16 a head!

  • Love these ideas! We plan on having BBQ at ours 🙂