Catering our wedding

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Hats off to you!! I think it is a really cool idea and it sounds like between you and the groom there is the expertise needed. If you can pull it off without it getting in the way of other wedding preparations, I think it is a lovely idea. How many guests will you have?

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

@DiamondnLovey:  personally I would never do it. Aside from the possible legalities in the event that something goes wrong (food poisioning for example) the stress that it would cause in the lead up and on the day wouldn’t be worth it.

I would rather push back the wedding and save for a bit or cut the guest list.

Post # 6
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539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have some friends who volunteered to cook. Like you, we can’t afford to hire a caterer, and people have dinner parties all the time without incident. If your fiance works in a kitchen, then he has the skills needed to serve it all at the right temperature.  Just be sure you have people to take over so he can enjoy the wedding.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

My mom catered our wedding, but she’s also a licensed caterer who caters for 4-5 events a week for 55-150 people at her facility, so she had all of the supplies needed for the catering and is also well-versed in food safety as well as having access to wholesale food through a restaurant supply company. It was nbd for her to cater for the 88 people who showed up to our wedding, but I don’t think that my husband and I could have done it ourselves. It was a LOT of work, and we already had a LOT going on during wedding day. Unless you have someone who is able to finish the cooking, observe the food to keep it at temperature, set out the food, watch the food during the reception to take care of refilling, et cetera, it’s quite frankly going to be impossible. My mom had help and I still didn’t see her for 98% of the reception because she was so busy in the kitchen.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

what style wedding are you having? Do you have a proper kitchen in your reception area? what are you planning on cooking?

I had a very casual backyard wedding where a few friends ran the BBQ’s and corn boil and I just had a caterer do the salads. It worked well for us and was very, very inexpensive

Post # 11
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306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My mom and fmil are catering our wedding and I hired servers to help serve and clean up so they can enjoy the wedding after all the cooking is done. I don’t see any problems with it. 

Post # 12
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@DiamondnLovey:  I think this would be a really special gesture for your guests and kudos to you for taking it on 🙂 100 sounds doable given the expertise you both have (I think?)

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@DiamondnLovey:  I think it’s a really cute idea if you are able to pull it off, however, working in the food industry for a number of years in the past, working as a cook and being a caterer are totally different things. A cook is good at about 20 dishes at a time where catering needs for 100 people service for at least 120 of multiple dishes. If possible, I would suggest your FI help with some of the meals, the ones which can be prepped ahead of time, then pass all of those over to co-workers, and possibly hire a caterer for the rest. Maybe some hot dishes from a caterer and pastas/sides from your FI.

In addition, your FI needs to also get ready, be in pictures, etc, so he will not be available for the food most of the day. Make sure you dont count on him to do any food work the actual day of the wedding or you will not see him at all.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have you considered a local restaurant to cater for you?

We had looked into the olive garden, but for the price per plate, we weren’t getting much.

We ended up going with fazoli’s, for about 70 people [a dozen differant sides, 3 kinda of salads & 3 entrees], its costing us less than $800. And there’s no work involved on our part.

Post # 15
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245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We are doing this. My mother teaches family and consumer sciences/home economics so I think we will be good with the food safety, lol! Our holiday dinners/parties are usually for 70 people and we have done self catered events for up to 120 people. We will have 102 guests, we can not have more than 120 based on venue capacity anyways. We plan to send a menu selection card even though we are doing buffet so we can limit the amount of food waste and help the budget as well. We hired servers/bartender through the same business we are getting our dinnerware rentals from. We will be renting a hot box/food warmer to load the cooked food and maintain food temperate and there is a refridgerator on site for items that need to be kept cold. Once the food is delivered the servers take over. We will also be getting wedding insurance to cover any incidentals. The are lots of people out there that won’t do this because they aren’t capable/comfortable but don’t let the nay Sayers discourage you. Every weekend we make one of the dishes we are thinking of, and treat it as it will be treated on the day of the event to make sure it will hold up how we want. We are getting a deep freezer this month to start the process of purchasing and prepping things once we finalize the menu. We will be making fruit juices so we can start prepping and freezing in the next few months for our June wedding. We will do food prep the Thursday before the wedding. As I said my mom is a teacher sosee will be free during the summer. We also have a family friend who will handle all food prep/cooking after 2 pm the day of the wedding. Keep your plans tight! Wishing you all the best! 

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