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5 Smart Tips From Savvy Wedding Guests

5 Smart Tips From Savvy Wedding Guests

What you need to know to make the big day fun for those attending

(I think I need to preface this post by saying I am not anti-bride. Enjoy.)

Brides do not care about you.

Ever. Nor should they.

They are planning their future lives and memories, not yours.

So what if we listen to music that makes our ears bleed on their wedding day? Or if we are forced to laugh politely at the drunk uncle who hands out his business cards for free lube jobs (or the great-aunt whose toast is all too long)?

Weddings were made for copious amounts of cutlery and confusing wineglasses. Except…

None of that matters. Because in the end, wedding days are magical. And beautiful and inspirational. Brides and grooms (and their wedding planners!) allow us a chance to celebrate their new partnership together, and I have yet to leave a wedding without feeling joyous and giggly.

Giddiness does not come cheap though, and not just for the bride and groom.

As a guest, the expenses can add up quickly and steeply: travel, hotel, dress, hair, shower gift, engagement gift, bachelor gift, wedding gift, etc. And yes, it is all worth it. But sometimes these expenses can prevent us from enjoying the day to the fullest. (Photo courtesy of Babble.com)

Thankfully, Cynthia Martyn, creative director of Cynthia Martyn Events Inc. has offered up some savvy ways to enjoy the day. — marcioconnor

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How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


How Do I Serve a Meal to 150 Wedding Guests for Less Than $2000?

Q: Today, this question comes straight from me! I may be self-catering my brother’s wedding dinner this winter. It will need to feed about 150 people, and should have the feel of a warm and cozy family dinner. We’re on a serious budget, and obviously food would need to be cooked ahead of time. Any ideas?

My current thoughts include a chicken and bacon stew over brown rice, plus a vegetarian butternut squash stew and some collard greens. All of these can be made ahead, frozen, and reheated without any loss of flavor or texture.

The budget is less than $2000, which needs to cover not only food, but linens, plates, silverware, serving dishes, and all those other little details of a big meal that can really add up.

Any other ideas? What truly delicious and homemade meals can be made ahead for a group this large, and served without too many extra hassles? Any ideas and advice much appreciated!

Faith is the Editor-in-Chief of Kitchn. She leads Kitchn's fabulous editorial team to dream up everything you see here every day. She has helped shape Kitchn since its very earliest days and has written over 10,000 posts herself. Faith is also the author of three cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook, as well as Bakeless Sweets. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two small, ice cream-obsessed daughters.


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