The challenge: My fiancee and I are trying to throw together a wedding without going broke. We've got a guest list of 160 (!) and will be partying it up outdoors at my parents' house next September. The reception will be light and casual, like a fancy picnic.
We love food, and really want to serve up creative options. But we can't afford pricey caterers. Does anyone have any tips on good, creative food sources? Affordable caterers would be great, of course, but we're also game for serving up a mix of eclectic take-out. We're in Alexandria and are willing to make trips, though most of what we'll get will have to survive a trip to Calvert County (75 mins. SE of DC) and at least a day or two storage.
Also, we've got ready & talented volunteers to man grills and such for outdoor cooking. Any ideas for luscious big-batch cooking?
Thanks in advance for your genius.