Post # 1
So, I’m finding out fast that catering is like 80% of the wedding budget. So I’m trying to find the cheapest/best way to go about getting the food for our wedding. This is just an idea I had, but I don’t know how well this would work and I need ideas/help/tricks with this!!
Say our guest list comes out to be like 200-250 people. What do you think if I ordered catering for about 100-125 people and made some food myself? So in reality there would be enough food for everyone. But instead of having a lot of one/two things, there are more of little things?
Think is a good idea or would this just end up in a problem?
Post # 3
One way you could totally work with that idea would be to make the base starches yourself, and then order the sauce/topping/etc. from the caterer.
I.E. make your own pasta, and order different sorts of sauces. Or, make your own rice and order a variety of curries.
Another idea is to order main dishes from the caterer and make sides yourself.
I.E. make your own dinner rolls and salads, and order lasagna from the caterer.
The cost of catering is truly mindblowing. I am trying to navigate the DIY route as well!!
Post # 4
@makemake: Thanks so much! That’s not a bad idea! I know that I would like some ‘family recipes’ included in the food but I like the idea of having to order the main dishes and us making the sides.
It’s stressing me out that most carterers that I can find in my area (Pittsburgh) is like $20-$30 a plate!
Post # 5
@Caila: some caterers will be fine with this, however, some will not. you also have to consider the service. will you be paying for staffing separately?
personally i think $20-$30/person is a great price for a meal. i have never seen anything remotely cheaper than that. for that price, let them do all the work.
Post # 6
Wow $20-$30 is an amazing price. But I don’t really know how prices are in pittsburg but I know that price does not exist in NYC. I would just pay the $20-$30 and have the caterers make all the food.
Post # 7
@mypinkshoes: I agree for my area $20-$30 would be pretty much unheard of for wedding catering.
You may also need to check with your venue. They may agree to a licenced caterer but not to you DIYing the food.
Also I think you need to have enough of everything for guests. Say you were one of the last tables to go up to the buffet and all the tasty/good dishes were gone and you are left with the scraps.
I would cut the guestlist if the budget is getting so tight that you need to cut catering.
Post # 8
Thanks all! And I understand, I guess I’m still in “sticker shock” on the prices of everything it costs for a wedding! lol. Thank you guys for opening my eyes to this! lol.
Post # 9
Have you picked your venue out? Just be make sure your venue allows it, many of the venues I visited didn’t allow you to bring in outside food, other’s you had to have a food service license [so no DIY’s].
You could do a very nice pasta bar type thing for CHEAP! Offering different types of pastas [spaghetti, mostacolli], or you could even do baked such as ziti or lasagna. Rolls & garlic breads are super cheap too.
Post # 10
@jenilynevette: I was wondering about that idea actually! And the venue that we’re kind of banking on does allow outside catering and we are allowed to DIY. We can use their kitchen but just to get situated and possible keep stuff cool.
Post # 11
@Caila: I think a pasta bar would be great then, and there’s SO much you can do with it.