Here are some money saving reception food options:
Simple Cake and Punch Reception – As long as your event is not during a normal mealtime, like mid morning or mid afternoon, you may offer an elegant cake and punch reception. Be sure to inform guests ahead of time that a full meal will not be served –
“Cake and Punch Reception Following Ceremony”.
Tea Reception – Typically tea and coffee are served with a variety of “tea sandwiches”. Scones, tarts and other pastries may be served, as well.
Dessert Reception – Suitable between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or after an evening wedding. You would serve an assortment of rich desserts along with some beverages. List “Dessert Reception Following Ceremony” on your invites.
Luncheon Reception – Following a late morning ceremony, you might consider this type of reception. Offer various salads and finger sandwiches.