Wedding Food Shopping

Well, as you know I didn't do the Saturday spending, because pretty much the only food I've been buying has been for the wedding. But I did save the receipts so y'all could see what was purchased. Normally I separate everything out by store, but I'm feeling lazy and have a lot of other stuff to do to get ready for Thanksgiving, so I'm just combining them into one long list.

$8.69 - chickpeas
$18.00 - pita (108 loaves that I didn't have time to make)
$13.08 - 17 pounds onions
$8.99 - 10 pounds basamati rice
$5.29 - 8 ounces shelled pistachios
$4.99 - 1 pound raw almonds
$6.59 - 1 pound shelled walnuts
$6.89 - 10-can arabic pickles
$8.49 - 4 pounds nabulsi olives
$4.58 - 2 28-ounce cans tomato puree
$27.16 - 8 kilos dolma (yeah, I was too busy to make these)
$17.99 - 2 kilos kalamata olives
$3.99 - ras el hanout
$4.78 - fillo dough (2 pounds)
$6.87 - 1 1/2 pounds peeled whole garlic
$17.98 - 2 kilos tzatziki (this was more efficient than me making the mast-o-khiar from scratch)
$140.42 - 34.51 pounds lamb shank
$1.79 - lemon juice
$28.66 - 6 pounds bulgarian feta
$4.09 - 5 pounds tomatoes
$2.45 - 5 bunches scallions
$3.96 - 4 bunches celery
$3.49 - 5 pounds carrots
$5.46 - 3 pounds cucumbers
$5.85 - 15 bunches parsley

I didn't notice this until I was typing it up, but it appears they didn't charge me for the 3 containers of mint. I think they're about $2 each, so next time I'm at Phoenicia, I'll mention it to them and have them add it in on that purchase. So let's call that an extra $6.

total: $366.53

My budget for the wedding food was $300, so I went a little over. But in the grand scheme of things, it's really not too bad at all. The wedding, including the judge and license cost a total of $658.53. I'd hoped to do it for a total of $500, but I can't really complain at all about going over by less than $200, particularly given that it was for the entirety of the wedding costs. So there you go!


  1. Congrats! And hey, now that your camera's back, maybe you have pics! :-P

    Happy Thanksgiving too!

  2. Lol, true true. I've got some pics, but I'm waiting until all the disposables are developed before I really do a big post of pictures. I'll probably sprinkle some in soon though.

    And happy turkey day!

  3. Good food brings people together. Finger food is best suited for all occasions, it is light and people love eating it.Keep posting!


  4. I agree, PCS; good food does bring people together. In lieu of finger foods, I served a full meal, buffet style. Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Thanks to you Allie and I am looking forward on it. :)



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