Post # 1
So, the details are that we are having a small afternoon wedding. By small I mean we have 82 on the guestlist, so somewhere in the 60-70’s will be coming. And by afternoon I mean ceremony is at 12:30pm and reception at 2pm. Very relaxed, not too formal, we only want to serve light finger foods, we were thinking:
fruit trays with dip
veggie trays with dip
cheese and crackers
yogurt bar with granola and fruits
coffee, tea, juice and water (no alcohol)
We cantacted a caterer who gave us a price of $725, which includes food, drinks, desserts, napkins, plates, glass and utensils (but she didn’t specify if they are real or paper). Overall I think this is an okay-price. Especially if it means less stress for me and she is a regular caterer to our venue, so i’m sure she knows what she is doing.
My issue is that I’m fairly certain I can do it myself for a couple hundred dollars cheaper, plus I know I will have it looking the way I want it to. Which is more worth it? More money/stress free-ish or cheaper/more stress? Any other bees cter their own wedding?
Post # 3
Do you work full time? Would you be able to take off before the wedding? I didn’t cater my own but I can’t imagine adding anything else to my to do list. I was already stressed out enough with everything else that was going on. Also, who would set up the food on the day of?
Post # 4
You definitely can do it for cheaper than that on your own. But if you choose to, enlist help! Sisters, cousins, family friends, whatever. You guys could do a Costco trip (they sell premade cold cut, veggie and fruit platters there) but if you wanted to put them on nicer dishes you could.
I would double check if the plates etc are plastic or china, if that is important to you. Because to rent china isn’t ridiculously expensive, but it is an extra expense.
I would make sure to hire a couple college kids or enlist one or two people to replenish the foods as you run low, clean up any spills, etc.
Post # 5
While normally I would say that this is nowhere near worth the stress, since none of your food involves actual cooking but only prep and plating (and some of it I guess you could just buy at any grocery store anyway prepped ahead of time, like the veggies and cheeses) then why not. I would just have someone else in your family do all the work on the day of of setting up because you’re the bride and that should NOT be your duty.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the input!!When I say myself and we i did mean other family members haha. but still lots to consider and lot of time to consider it (: