bqq food for reception can anyone help me?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

What is your venue and reception area? Is it super casual? 130 is a LOT of people to make food for. 

If you are having a semi nice wedding, I honestly don’t think BBQ food is appropriate. I would hate to dress nice for a wedding and be served BBQ food, especially anything messy that requires eating with the hands. That’s just a no no for a wedding reception. Finger sandwiches are definitely a better option but would require many side dish options. I’m with your FI on this one. 

Side note – our caterer said to plan for 1/2 lb to 1/3 lb per person of meat for sit down served and slightly more for buffets. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

There’s a big difference between 75 and 130 guests. Once you make a guest list, contact that caterer and ask for a price quote. I don’t know what you mean by “so far 45 but a long way to go” — your posts would be much easier to understand if you put more effort into spelling, grammar, and formatting.

Post # 4
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Newbee

I want to have a somewhat bbq bufet for reception- thinking fried chicken, bbq chicken and either meatballs or cheeseburger sliders. I haven’t even started guest list yet (wedding is Sept 2015) I say go for it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The caterer you reference already gives you the prices– you’d just multiply the cost they give times the number of guests you’ll feed, plus any extras like service, tax, etc. You can also just call them and ask these questions, that’s their job.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

14yearsstrong:  ugh, that all sounds so messy and teenagerish.  When planning for food for an adult wedding, please take your guests into consideration as well. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The Rib Crib that you link to doesn’t have a la carte options, so you don’t have to figure it out. You pick a package, which is priced per person, and then multiply it by your guest count. Example– the first package is 8.99/person. For 75 people, that’s 674.25 before any taxes, delivery, etc.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Unless your wedding is MAJORLY casual then I really don’t think BBQs cut it as a catering option. The only time I have seen a BBQ work was when professional caterers cooked the meat content of a sit-down meal which was then served and eaten properly – on plates with knives and forks!

The idea of dressing up for a wedding and being served greasy finger food is not appealing. I’m also not at all sure what a cheeseburger slider is but I suspect I wouldn’t like one. 

If you are trying to cut costs then consider a different type of reception altogether. Vintage afternoon tea with little sandwiches and cake is fine. But BBQs as a very low budget version of a proper meal usually aren’t.

ETA: Just seen your latest post and see that you are looking to feed your guests for $5 per head. Which I’d think was a bit of a challenge if you plan to offer anything substantial to eat. Also, if you do the food yourselves, who is going to prepare and serve it? Do they have any experience of feeding 75 people? 

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Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

To feed 75 people for $400, you’re allocating $5 per person. For 130 people, that’s $3 per person. You can’t even get a combo meal at McDonalds for that price. If you buy all the meat somewhere like Costco or Sam’s Club you’ll save some money, but you have to remember that you’ll need to buy and make the sides and everything else too. Figure out how much meat you’d need per person, multiply that by your number of guests, then find out how much meat costs where you live and add in the cost of sides.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yeah, that’s $5 or $3 per person based on your huge range of 75-135. You could probably serve cake and punch, maybe some snacks, but likely not a meal.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

You MAY be able to save some money if you DIY.  BUT… preparing food for 75 is a big job.  I just smoked 2 pork shoulders … (started with ~15 lbs of meat and after cooking and shrinkage ended up with 9.)  At 1/3 lb per person … that’s food for 27.  It took me 18 hrs of cooking low and slow to do this in my residential kitchen.  There was no room to do more.  So you’ll need at least 3 batches to do food for 75 people.  Who is going to spend 54 hrs just to make the pulled pork? Now think about sides and the space needed to store them.  Many of them cannot be prepared more than 1-2 days in advance.  Who is going to make all of this food in the 1-2 days just before your wedding?

You have to have refrigerator space etc to make sure about food safety.  Who is going to serve it?  Who is going to clean up the plates?  Who is going to refresh the pans when running empty?  Who is going to make sure that once it’s out it’s either staying warm or cold enough that no one gets food poisoning.     

Bottom line … 8.99 per person sounds like a deal to me. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Food for 100 people (halfway between 65 and 130) for $400 is an incredibly unrealistic goal. Perhaps a cake-and-punch reception would be a better option if you can’t push the budget up. That’s $4 a person and $4 does not go a long way.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

This thread hurts my head and I want some ribs now. 

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