Post # 1
So I will be doing all my food for my wedding myself, and was wondering how many other Bees will be doing/ have already done this. What was your menu like, what kind of help did you have/ hire the day of? Pros/ cons, and any advice to give?
Post # 3
Well I am a proffesional baker and I own a bakery so I will be doing my wedding cake, cupcakes and desserts. Mr chocolatechef (FI) is a chef and has alot of chef friends so we are getting a good deal on food.
We are having a buffet for about 70 persons.
What I do recommend is have all the food prepared at ONE location, if you do have help dont let anyone just bring something, that increases chances of food poisoning.
If you can, I suggest renting a hot box and chafing dishes to keep the food hot. Also any food to be served cold make sure you have a cold store where ever you recption is.
Post # 4
I don’t have any tips because I haven’t done it, but I’d point you in the direction of Meg at apracticalwedding.com She’s had several guest posts from people who have self-catered. Just click on the ‘self catered weddings’ tag at the right side of the screen.
Post # 5
Sara at 2000DollarWedding Self-catered too! We did a partial self cater, and ordered other food. I hired a day of coordinator and her friend/assistant to manage everything the day of and a few family members helped out too. I’d definitely get help for the day of, so you can relax. I never once worried about food or drinks being restocked for our guests, and I was very relaxed the entire day.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies! I agree, there’s some great websites out there, just looking to hear from other people who have done this. Especaiily interested in menus from other DIY caterers.
@caramelchef- Good tips! Venue is most important thing for me, first to find a place that allows self-catering, but I will only be booking a place that has a full kitchen (preferably commercial w/ a goood cooler, and some of my places have steam tables too!) and of course we’ll have hot/cold server dishes for the tables (doing a stationed reception so some of it will be action-based with live cooking.) I agree about potluck, sounds good in theory but I don’t really trust in it so much. Plus, I’m a bit OCD about food.
@mrstilly- I will have a lot of help day-of, I’m hiring cooks and servers since my menu is a bit ambitious!
Post # 7
What do you mean by self cater? Does self cater mean potluck?
Post # 8
i did this for 50 people, and agree with the other suggestions of doing everything in the same place and hiring professional help for the day of. i put a lot of stuff i learned the hard way in this post:
best of luck to you!