Post # 1
I am 9 months away from my wedding and we haven’t chosen a caterer yet. We are on a tight budget and just want an appetizer type meal for the resepction, but all caterers I have contacted have told me the prices and I CAN’T even IMAGINE using them. From what they were telling me, it was going to cost between $2,000 -$2,600 to feed about 180 people.
But on the other hand, my cousin just got married and my aunt catered the whole wedding, there were around 300 guests!
So my question is; Is it possible to have family cater your wedding and bring food and stuff like that? I of course realize it’s possible, but I don’t know exactly where to strat planning when it comes to getting things for the recpetion. And if I do this I would have to figure out who would take care of the preparation, etc. My FMIL suggested getting bulk food from Sams Club and having appetizers done that way, and maybe having family bring food as well…but I still don’t know how much food it takes to feed around 200 people!
If any of you have advice on this I would appreciate it. I don’t want to hassle with doing food ourselves, but we really don’t have $2600 to fork over for food. Let me know any tips or ideas! please 🙂
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 🙂
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
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 # 8
@SandyToes: I haven’t looked into those, but I’m not quite sure if there are any around where I live, and really the only one I CAN think of is 2 hours away, which I don’t think would work out. =/ But I will look into it! couldn’t hurt. lol
@Twista: Awesome, I never thought about Googling for approx. food amounts. lol I don’t know why, guess it’s just because I’ve been so busy. 😛 but thanks! I’ll Google some and figure some things out. lol
@Gingersnap: That is what my FMIL and I were talking about this past weekend…my FI’s aunts helping with food since they catered HIS cousins wedding, and my aunt helping out as well, so we have enough food. There is a full kitchen available at the reception site because it’s at my church. I might even check with the Secretary there and see if we could get some of the women there to cook, because they do Sunday dinners for the church a lot and cater to over 200 people, I just now thought of that! eeek. I’m going to have to ask about it now, I’m overly excited. 😛
@kperry3: I’m going to talk with my aunt and my FI’s aunts as well to see if they can cater and help out. I’m sure we’ll figure something out, but I’m sure it will all work out with no problems, just stressful. lol I know going with a DIY route will be way cheaper! and the church we’re having the ceremony and reception at does have a full kitchen so that’s a plus!!
@Bubu82: I’ve thought about that too! I know that a lot of restaraunts don’t advertise, but we can always go and ask someone about it. We really should look into restaraunts around the area and see what we can find out. Thanks for the idea too!
Post # 9
i found this site to be very helpful with figuring out food amounts