Backyard wedding and catering ?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2694 posts
Sugar bee

@MimiLovesHorror:  My reception was held under a tent at my IL’s backyard. The staff pre-made a lot of stuff and then warmed up most of it in the kitchen. It worked out really well. They were constantly working, serving, cleaning, etc. Everything was delicious and the staff was great. We had a total of 45 people with a three member staff.

If you’re in the area, we used Something Classic in Charlotte, NC. They pretty much took care of everything for us (tent, utensils, plates, etc). We supplied our own alcohol and one of their staff members bartended. They are a bit pricey though.

ETA: We had a passed appetizers during cocktail hour, a buffet style dinner, and they cut the cake (after we did of course) for us.

Post # 4
85 posts
Worker bee

@MimiLovesHorror:  A backyard/garden wedding sounds so nice! Do you have a list of caterers that you’re considering? The logistics of where the caterers set up their supplies and staff will be handled best by talking with the caterers. They’ll probably ask to see a layout of the area you’re talking about…maybe with some dimensions of the space so they know the size of the area. Or maybe they’ll even do a site visit so they can see the space for themselves. In any case, catering companies are used to assessing new spaces and figuring out how to situate themselves, so I think that talking with them will give you the best idea. Even if you’re not quite sure where the catering can happen, they may be able to give you some ideas after they get a sense of how big the space is and what the layout is. 

Are you planning on buffet style or plated style? A backyard/garden wedding will probably be more conducive to buffet style, since then the caterers won’t need space to do the plating. If you’re planning on plated style, you may need to approach the caterer and see if they’ll be able to do that with the space that they’re allotted. I imagine that they’d need access to a kitchen-like room (or another room with plenty of counter or table space) if they were to do a plated dinner. 

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