Affordable and Elegant Foods to Serve on Your Wedding Day
Planning a wedding is not only stressful, but an expensive endeavor as well. With wedding prices rising every year, it is no wonder people want to cut their costs. From the venue, to the music, to the food, to the decorations, costs can rack up extremely fast. Even though you may choose to take an affordable route for some aspects of your wedding, it is still surprisingly easy to make everything look elegant. By cutting costs on food served at your wedding, you can save money for other, more tangential and memorable things such as an upgraded engagement ring. Here is a list of some great ideas for affordable yet elegant items to serve at your wedding that will keep your guests pleased and satisfied.
1. Roasted Grape Crostini With Goat Cheese and Walnuts
Pairing crostini with some elevated items such as goat cheese and walnuts is a great way to prepare an elegant yet affordable dish. To make this dish, simply cut a baguette into thin rounds and toast until crispy. Then, slather on a layer of goat cheese and garnish with roasted grapes, chopped walnuts, and a sprig of fresh thyme. The extra components of this dish not only make it look more elegant and appetizing, but elevate the dish without tanking your budget.
2. Thai Beef Salad Cucumber Bites
By serving this dish, you can stretch the cost of steak by using it in an appetizer instead of as a main course. This dish looks so elegant, you could never tell how inexpensive it actually is to construct. To make this dish, simply peel a cucumber completely or in alternating stripes for an elegant look. Then, construct a thai beef salad by sauteing shredded beef steak in a paste made of shallots, red chiles, coriander, brown sugar, lime juice, and a hint of fish sauce for some authentic Thai flavor. Arrange about a teaspoon of this beef mixture on each cucumber rind and garnish with more fresh red chiles, diced cherry tomatoes, and fresh coriander. These quick and easy bites are sure to keep your guests satisfied and hungry for more.
3. Antipasto Skewers
Not only is this dish easy to make, but convenient as well. By making it, you can spare your friends and family from having to assemble their own antipasto platters by providing all the good stuff on an easy to eat skewer. This simple yet elegant and tasty antipasto skewer takes just minutes to assemble, and is very affordable as well! To make this dish, simply buy your favorite Italian meats, cheeses, and vegetables and arrange them on some decorative skewers. Good ideas are kalamata olives, mini marinated mozzarella balls, thick cut salami, green olives, cherry peppers, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, and cherry tomatoes. The great thing about this dish is that it is extremely customizable, so you make it exactly to suit your desires. Just be sure to cut all your ingredients into a roughly similar size, as it makes for a more elegant presentation and is easy to eat. You can also pair this appetizer with fresh, crispy veggies such as cucumber rounds to balance out the richness of the meats and cheeses.
4. Caprese Quinoa Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms With Balsamic Glaze
This dish is not only elegant, but also incredibly satisfying and hearty as well. The elements which make up this dish are all fairly inexpensive and pair beautifully together, so it is sure your guests will love this side. To make it, simply remove the stems from as many portobello mushrooms as you want, coat them generously in salt, pepper, and olive oil, and roast in the oven until tender. Once cool, make a mixture of cooked quinoa, fresh chopped basil, fresh mozzarella, and diced cherry tomatoes. Use this mixture to fill the mushrooms completely and toss in the oven again for extra melty goodness. Finally, garnish with a balsamic vinaigrette reduction, diced cherry tomatoes, and a sprig of fresh basil.