DIY Wedding Reception Food – Anyone doing this? How soon can I purchase?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you can buy pasta and canned sauces now. the salad stuff I wouldn’t buy until the day before. Also, the meats I would buy that week just to be on the safe side.

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are doing a portion of our own food, and catering the rest. We are going to do our own salad bar & nacho bar, along with all cocktail hour food.

We’ve purchased what we can for the salad bar [dressings, courtons, squeeze bottles, bowls, plates, ect], and we were able to buy everything we need for the nacho bar except the chips [meat, cheese, jalapenos, crock pots, ect].

We aren’t able to get most of the things for cocktail hour, as lots of it is cold stuff [cheese, sandwiches], so we’ll get that two days in advance.

We also bought all of the coffee, sugar, creamer and things we needed for drinks.

Post # 5
528 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC

ahough2:  As long as it will be frozen you can start buying meat up to a month in advance. I would not purchase any sooner for risk of freezer burn. 

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