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Cater Your Own Wedding:
Fancy Croissant Sandwiches

Cater your own wedding: Fancy Croissant Sandwiches

Let’s keep it real for a second: Unless you plan on serving hot dogs, chips and twinkies, feeding 100 people ain’t cheap. And hiring a catering company ain’t cheap either (at least, not OUR version of cheap). So what’s a broke bride to do?

Cater your own wedding! Stop laughing. It’s really not THAT bad. With a small support group (that’s what bridesmaids are for!) and some smart planning, you can save MAJOR dough on your food and drink bill.

Enter our new “Cater Your Own Wedding” feature! In this series we’ll be sharing with you some awesome recipes that: 

  • Are easy to prepare ahead of time
  • Will still be fresh after a day or two in the fridge 
  • AND will save you oodles of cash

First up we have two beautiful artisan sandwich recipes that would be perfect for an informal picnic or brunch wedding. Our Steak with Brie & Sun Dried Tomatoes and Chicken Pesto Provolone sandwiches would even be great as hors d’oeuvres before a formal dinner (just quarter them and skewer with a fancy sandwich pick!). Plus, these sandwiches taste even BETTER after resting in the fridge overnight (or for a few days). No joke.

Best of all: For a guest list of 100 people, this menu item will only set you back $215. That’s only $1.43 each! Read on for the recipe and our budget breakdown!

Cater your own wedding: Fancy Croissant Sandwiches

Steak with Brie & Sun-dried Tomato Sandwich

Ingredients:
(Amounts are per sandwich)

  • Croissant, sliced horizontally
  • Tri-tip steak, grilled and thinly sliced – 1/4 pound
  • Canned, sliced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil – 3 to 4 slices
  • Brie – 1 oz. (I used President brand)
  • Pre-washed, packaged spinach – 4 to 5 leaves
  • Mayo – 1 teaspoon

Instructions:
On the bottom half of the croissant, spread mayo and add sliced steak. Add sun-dried tomatoes. Top with spinach. Spread brie on top half. If the brie isn’t spreading easily, heat it up in the microwave. DO NOT walk away. Brie is already a very soft cheese and only needs about 5-10 seconds in the microwave to melt. Cut sandwiches in half and arrange on serving platter.

Chicken Pesto Provolone Sandwich

Ingredients:
(Amounts are per sandwich)

  • Croissant, sliced horizontally
  • Roasted chicken breast lunchmeat – 5 slices
  • Pesto (I used Buitoni)
  • Slice provolone
  • Mayo – 1 teaspoon
  • Pre-washed, packaged spinach – 4 to 5 leaves

Instructions:
On the bottom half of the croissant, spread mayo and add chicken breast. Top with spinach. Spread pesto on top half and add slice of provolone. Cut sandwiches in half and arrange on a serving platter.

I told you! Beautiful, tasty AND easy! Read on for the budget breakdown.

Cater your own wedding: Fancy Croissant Sandwiches

Cost Breakdown:

The figures below are based on making 150 sandwiches (75 sandwiches, halved) for  a guest list of 100 people. For 75 steak sandwiches and 75 chicken sandwiches:

  • Croissants: $50
  • Tri-tip steak: $63.75
  • Jar sun-dried tomatoes: $15
  • Brie: $18.75
  • Sliced chicken lunchmeat: $18.75
  • Pesto: $32.80
  • Sliced Provolone: $8.50
  • Spinach: $5
  • Mayo: $3
TOTAL: $215.55 for 150 sandwiches, $1.43 each! 

I know that $215 can still seem a little steep for one dish, but remember that you are feeding a crowd! Catering bills can range between $15 – $20 PER PERSON and that doesn’t even include wait staff or tips. Add in a few tasty and cheap side dishes and you can EASILY save $1,000.

Still too pricey? Girl, we’ve all been there. Use these tips to save even MORE money!

  • Instead of buying pre-made pesto, make your own from fresh ingredients or use a pesto seasoning packet (just add oil and water).
  • Buy in bulk! Search for these items at Costo or Sam’s Club. If there isn’t a big box retailer in your area, many of these items are also available for bulk purchase online.
  • Use high-quality deli sliced roast beef instead of tri-tip steak. You’ll save big bucks AND you won’t have to grill and slice enough steak for 100 people.
  • Brie can be a little strong for non-cheese lovers, not to mention expensive. Swap for a milder, less expensive cheese like swiss or cream cheese.

Have you catered your own large event before? What advice do you have for a budget bride? What would you serve as a side? Or to drink? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Let us know in the comment section below!

Happy sandwiching!

Allison
Allison is the owner and editor of MarryThis! With a love of weddings and a flair for budget-friendly ideas, she feels that gorgeous weddings don't have to cost an arm and a leg. A graphic designer by day (Allison Doty Graphic Design - allisondoty.com), Allison also creates the visual presence of MarryThis!

3 Comments on "Cater Your Own Wedding:
Fancy Croissant Sandwiches"

  1. Dianne says:

    How long in advance can I prepare the sandwiches?

    • Allison Allison says:

      Hi Dianne! These sandwiches are actually one of those rare recipes that get better with a little bit of age. The pesto, especially. You could refrigerate these for up to two days in advance and they would be absolutely fine. Just make sure to start with fresh ingredients first. If you have any doubts leave off the mayo and add it last. Hope this helps! Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Oh yum, these looks so delicious they would be lucky to make it as far as the wedding!!

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