(Closed) Is it possible?…

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you looked into a Vocational or Culinary school?  I had a friend do that…it was cheep, andddd the food was amazing. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My mom and mother in law catered my wedding.  We saved tons of money, it didn’t add too much stress and it was delicious!!  Try googling “appetizers for 300” or something like that and see if it gives suggestions for amounts.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

It is absolutely possible – it’s what we’re doing! Google search a ton and you’ll be able to come up with an apprx. amount of food you’ll need. Can you enlist your aunt to help? It sounds like she’d be a great helping hand. Talk to your friends and family and ask them to contribute – I’m sure many of them will be more than willing! (I.e, ask one person to make 2 large salads, ask someone else to make a couple kinds of desserts, ask someone to make buns, etc). Plan out a basic menu and do a few trial runs (on a much smaller level of course). You can rent serving dishes/platters for pretty cheap, or order them from Dollar Tree.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I would go ahead and have your aunt cater the wedding (if possible). She will probably know most of the answers to your question because she catered your cousin’s wedding recently. But as far as preparation goes, I would offer to let her choose a few people to help her, and pay them for labor (as well as her). They can either buy the food where they want to and you can reimburse them, or they can tell you where to buy the food and you just make sure it gets to them.

My FMIL is catering our wedding. She works at a cafeteria and caters many weddings, so I’m just giving everything over to her, and paying for labor. It’s much cheaper to do it this way ๐Ÿ™‚

EDIT: Does you venue have a working caterer’s kitchen? Or does it only warm/cool foods? It will be much easier if they have a working kitchen. If not, everything will have to be made at home (or in your aunt’s  place of work) and then put into heating/cooling boxes and brought to your venue. If your aunt does not have a catering kitchen to work in (somewhere else) then this will most likely be a nightmare for 200 people.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What about having a restaurant cater it for you? We considered having Buca Di Beppo’s do the food for our wedding – it would have been so yummy, and so much less expensive than a caterer! But our venue required that we go with a caterer. Is your venue cool with you doing the DIY route? Just be sure to check before you do too much more planning.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i found this site to be very helpful with figuring out food amounts

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