Post # 1
We are on a TIGHT budget for our wedding.
We “estimated” the costs of renting chafing dishes and it’s going to be $150 (for 3ea 4 quart and 2ea 7 quart). The point of self-catering is to SAVE money, haha!
Anyone know of any DIY alternatives to chafing dishes or did you just break down and rent them?
I mean, the entire cost of our meat entree is going to be right at $200 (a whole hog), so to me $150 for chafing dishes is outrageous.
Post # 3
I think I just replied to your last post, too…
If you really can’t afford renting chafing dishes, can you borrow a bunch of crockpots from friends and family? You would need a lot of them to keep everything warm, but that could possible by free. Otherwise, if you have access to an oven at your reception site, I’ve seen people use those big aluminum, one-use pans and just keep them in the oven until they go on the serving table.
Honestly, I think chafing dishes are the easiest way to go because of the volume of food they hold (less refilling) and the ease of use (setting up and then just refilling stationary pans v. pulling from the oven or changing out empty pans/crockpots for full ones).
Post # 4
Yes, you did!
Thank you for your VERY helpful answers, I really appreciate it.