Sharing food with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and that goes for restaurants as well as home-cooked dinners. But sharing a meal doesn’t need to be incredibly expensive, especially when you make it an appetizer party or a potluck.

Your wedding is the most important day of your life; you only get one chance to make a first impression. Your wedding guests, therefore, deserve to be wined and dined to perfection. To do so, you will need to figure out how best to allocate your budget and your time to buy even platters in Christchurch. Many couples are not prepared for this risky decision – which is why today we’re going to discuss some inexpensive ideas for wedding dinners.

Here are inexpensive ideas for wedding dinners.

Work with restaurants

Because wedding dinners don’t have to be fancy, it’s a lot easier for restaurants to get involved. This means you can negotiate prices based on the number of people you have or even the time of year you have your wedding dinner. If the restaurant is normally very busy at that time of year, for example at Christmas, this may mean they will give you a great price!

So, for these reasons, pasta is a great choice for your next event. The other side of the coin – and the reason I love surprising clients with this option during their tasting – is that potential guests may not expect to see it served at an elegant affair, which can be a real plus.

People will always appreciate a good meal, and one that is cheap is even better. For feeding a crowd, your best option is to make casseroles. A basic casserole is essentially a layered meal made with meat or poultry, sauce, pasta or rice and sauce, and vegetables.

Mexican feast

A Mexican restaurant is a great option to save money on your wedding reception. Unlike other restaurants, the menu is affordable and delicious. But I don’t know how they got to be that way because Mexican food is good! The obvious choice for a Mexican caterer is to have their tacos, burritos, and other delicious fare served at your reception.

They can provide rice, beans, guacamole, chips, salsa, tortillas, and whatever dinner entrée you choose. This is such an economical choice that allows for any size crowd without breaking your bank account.


One small tip that I have learned over the years is what I like to call ‘The Basics’ of a successful wedding barbeque. Depending on the type of outdoor wedding you are having, barbeques can be a great choice for a dinner option. If you have an informal, outdoor wedding, barbeque is a fantastic option for dinner.

There are lots of simple dishes that you can make using barbeque recipes. Most of the barbeque dishes are very budget-friendly and can be made even if you only have a slight idea of cooking. This is because barbeque recipes often require only a few ingredients like sauces, meats, and condiments – therefore saving your money and time!


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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