DIY food stations?? Bad idea?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

So long as you work out logistics it sounds like a great idea.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Kerrierou:  we did stations (Mexican, Italian, salad bar) and I couldn’t have imagined doing it ourselves. Our venue used a great affordable caterer and we didn’t do a thing! Maybe there’s a more affordable option you just haven’t found yet? Our local community college has their own catering dept in their culinary arts programs!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did DIY for our food, but we kept it a lot simpler.  The appetizer ideas sound good, but the food stations sound like a lot of work.  Some things to think about:

How many pots/pans will you need to cook 3 different styles of food?  

Once the food is cooked do you have enough space in your fridge to store it?

Who will heat it up and transport it to the site?

Do you have chafing dishes to keep it hot once it’s at the venue?

Have you included the costs of plates napkins etc in your budget?

At the end of the reception who cleans up?  Even if your culinary students pack up all your serving dishes does the venue have a sink to wash them or are you going to come home to a ton of dirty dishes?

Have you talked to the culinary school about catering?  A lot of them will give you very good deals because it gives the students practice, and they are supervised by their teachers so you still get a quality product.

if you do decide to DIY food I would keep it as simple as possible, stick with one style of food, preferably something easy to make and transport.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I would get a quote from the restaurants that you were planning to order from and compare it to your current diy option. Some small restaurants do catering even though they don’t advertise it, and often it’s pretty affordable. It could end up being the same price but without you having to do all the organizing work! 

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