I am the Mom of the groom...we live out of NY, the Fall wedding is in Long Island. The wedding itself is going to be on a Sunday evening at a very formal venue. We are trying to plan a very informal rehearsal dinner for Saturday nite (there will be no rehearsal, it will just be a get-together dinner). With the wedding party and spouses, plus immediate family and out of town family, there will be around 40 people. The bride and groom have suggested we rent the banquet room at the local fire house, which is fully outfitted and very nice. Okay, we'll do that. Now, I have to consider what food to have catered. We all want it very casual, so I was thinking one of 2 things: a very simple pasta dinner (2 types of pasta and sauce), garlic bread/rolls, salad, meatballs and sauce OR something a little more complicated and expensive--several Italian dishes served buffet style. We are on a tight budget and I am inclined to go with the more simple meal, if it isn't tacky. We will also be supplying alcohol (wine and beer), soda, coffee/tea, and dessert. It is only close friends and relatives, it will be casula...does the simpler option seem to cheap??