Post # 1
My FI and I are throwing around the idea of Catering OUR OWN Reception. Personally, I love and hate this idea. I love the idea of friends and family gathering the kitchen, working together to create the dishes that both my FI and have made famous (truthfully, we really fell in love in the kitchen over my stroganoff) and I think this could be a really great personal touch to our day. Not only that, but it would save a TON of money. However… its a lot of work. A lot. And I’ve never fed more than 50 people. We’re looking at 150-200. To be fair, his HUGE family has feeds close 100 every christmas, and they’ve offered to man kitchens, BUT I don’t want anyone to get stuck in the kitchen.
Any thoughts hive?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
Could you do a potluck reception so people could bring in a lot of things already made that need heating, or could finish up in a slow cooker so one one working hard during the reception to create a meal? Maybe you could pass out your recipes for people to make ahead so it still includes the food you two created together. You could do this in combination with making some food at the reception, and with lots of hands the freshly made food could be done quickly. You may also want to consider would would be in charge of clean up with that many people! Besides the clean up it sounds like a fun reception idea to me, definitely a money saver.
Post # 4
I love to cook too but that sounds like a lot of work! If there’s one day you shouldn’t have to cook, it’s on your wedding! It might work if you can prepare a significant amount of the meal ahead of time AND are good at delegating. I do like the potluck idea. The reason why catering tends to be expensive is because of the service. The food is just part of it… also keep in mind the people who will need to serve it, refill it, and clear it.
Post # 5
That’s kind of what we were thinking, prep days before and delegate, delegate, delegate. I have a friend who has offered to be the Day Of Caterer and help me organize the whole thing and I LOVE her for it. So… I think we are a go. If it’s a total bust we’ll still be married and we can all go to Denny’s after.
Post # 6
I would only consider it if you are able to cook a lot of the elements ahead of time so that you aren’t doing any work in the few days before the wedding. The last week or two before the wedding will be the craziest for you with all of the last minute details!
However, what about logistics? Who is going to be able to store all of the food (frozen, would be my guess) ahead of time. Who will be serving? What about clean up?
I definitely understand what a huge cost savings this could be, but its not quite as simple as a big Christmas dinner. At Christmas dinners, people tend to all chip in, serve each other, and help clean up. At your wedding either you and your FI, or your parents, (or maybe his?) would technically be "hosting" and would be responsible for everything. People don’t really go to a wedding thinking that they’ll end up in the kitchen doing dishes after dinner.
So if you think it will work for you & your style of wedding, GO FOR IT! Just make sure that you don’t sign yourself up for something that will end up driving you crazy.
Post # 7
It looks like we may be catering ourselves as well. FMIL and my mom have friends that have volunteered to do anything to help (partially b/c they are great friends and partially b/c of what our moms have done to help them out-like at the weddings of their kids) so I think they will be more involved the day of and am hoping it goes smoothly. (*fingers crossed*)