Her bridesmaid says that the decision to not the provide a meal has left friends and family shocked…

Catering can be one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, but one bride has gone against the trend and decided not to provide any food at her reception. Taking to Facebook, one of bridesmaids says that the absence of any food on the day will cause uproar with guests and believes there are other ways the couple could cut costs…

A Big Deal

In her post, the bridesmaid said that the bride had always wanted a relaxed wedding with minimal fuss. “They are really focused on their wedding being a nice relaxed time on some large outdoor property,” she wrote. “I love the simplicity and it’s totally them (but) I just found out that to cut costs, they’re not providing food. Like. What!?” The post went on to say that guests would have to order food to the wedding venue as it was a whole day affair. “It’s a whole day thing, even into the night, and no food!? Everyone else I can see just getting hammered with no food and it’s going to be messy,” she said.

Making Sacrifices

Commenters on the bridesmaid’s post were quick to assure her that she wasn’t overreacting to consider saying something to the couple. “If you can’t afford to feed all your guests, you either need to invite less people or have a smaller, shorter wedding,” one Facebook user wrote.

With weddings becoming more and more expensive, most couples have to make sacrifices in order to pay for the big day, but when it comes to feeding your guests, cutting food all together is never going to be a popular option. Perhaps this couple should consider finding a more affordable venue – if they don’t, there might not be any guests to worry about!

Do you think this couple are wrong to serve no food to their wedding guests? Let us know in the comments.


  • You can’t expect people to be there all day with no food provided. Ridiculous.


  • I know of 2 early afternoon weddings. Both were leaving to travel in a group later that afternoon. Both provided a good afternoon tea. One was about 1 3/4 hours travel time for a most of the guests, Most of them were relatives who they have regular contact with.


  • If it was just a wedding ceremony and then go home, then no need to offer food or drinks, but if it is an all day affair into the night then the minimum would have been to have had a restaurant at the venue where people could order their own food if need be. Doubt too many will attend when they find out there will be nothing to eat at an all day affair.


  • I support them. You shouldnt expect food or drinks or anything else at a wedding. Its there wedding, and they can choose what they want for there wedding. If we all walked in the same footsteps life would be boring.


  • Yes some type of food needs to be served. Not everyone drinks alcohol and it really is not the sort of thing that can be served all day. Hope they tell people before the wedding that there is no food. Reading some of the replies and agree if they can not afford food then maybe a plate in lieu of a gift.


  • Even sausages in bread wouldn’t send them broke. There are definitely ways to cater things cheaply. For a whole day event food will be essential.


  • if you are expecting people to attend – it is just courtesy to feed people. if they couldn’t afford to feed everyone then why not make the food or the cost of the food the gift – ie bring a plate of food to share, or pay for your meal instead of a present. not just don’t feed people! people have health issues and if they turned up not knowing there would be no food some people could get very ill – particularly if you add any alcohol to the mix (which I’m sure wasn’t cut out of the wedding package!)


  • That sounds a bit ridiculous!


  • It seems very off to have a whole day event and provide no food at all?


  • That is a recipe for disaster. Food doesn’t have to be a huge expense if you have platters of finger foods which are simple to create and not too expensive I beleive.


  • If you’re having a remote venue you kind of have to provide something or advise everyone to bring a packed lunch.


  • That is ridiculous. Hubby and I had a small wedding and backyard reception with finger food made by my mum and I. It was great just to have family and friends there to celebrate with us.


  • RSVP: declined with thanks


  • Surely a spit roast would work out to be economical and feed all the guests over the course of the day – and a grazing platter – food would probably cost less than the alcohol!

    I think this is very irresponsible of the bride!


  • Even if the food is very simple, there needs to be some food as it is an all day event.


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