Post # 1
So I’m sure this has been addressed before, but I wanted to get some opinions on what you think of this idea. My parents are contributing to our wedding, but it is not enough to cover the whole cost of the wedding (unless we cut several things out). Since my FI and I are still in college and don’t have tons of money, we would prefer to stay as close to the number that my parents are giving us without having to pay a lot out of our own pockets. To reduce cost, we have opted for a 1:30-2pm ceremony time, with the reception ending around 5. We planned on doing a simple hor de’ouveres menu from a caterer, but after researching caterers in our area we were SHOCKED at how much they get from you in extra fees above the cost of food. Since our venue lets us do whatever food we want, we are considering scrapping the idea of using a specific caterer altogether, and using a cheaper option. We have looked into using Chick-fil-A trays, possibly a taco bar or even barbecue from a restaurant. We definitely want to have cake and my parents are pushing for us to at least have beer & wine. We have also considered getting some fruit trays, cheese trays, finger foods from Publix (grocery store). Basically we have a million ideas but are not sure how to make them fluid, while still pleasing our guests. Do you think that it is OKAY for us to not use a caterer? What do you think is the best option price wise/quality wise? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the meal fluid? Has anyone done something like this in the past? I will say that we are NOT using our families members to cook, the only thing we will allow them to do is pick up items from the grocery store/restaurants for us. Let me know what you think!!!!
Post # 3
im so for olive garden, fazolis and boston market catering. theyre cheap and yummy! when i lived in florida i LIVED at publix and i heard great things about their catering! im sure you could find a coule servers from culinaryschools to refill and tidy up as a side job. i guess what you have to do is decide where and what you want food wise and fill in the gaps as you go.
Post # 4
A 1:30 – 5:00 wedding puts you in between-meal territory, so don’t worry about providing a full meal. At that time of day, most people just want and expect some light refreshments. You could do an afternoon tea – get platters of cookies and pastries from a local bakery, and platters of tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, etc. from a grocery store or deli. For drinks all you’d need is tea, lemonade, and sparkling wine if you want to have some alcohol. It could be inexpensive, but also elegant and cohesive. And these are things that can sit out at your reception at room temperature, so no need to worry about keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
Post # 5
We’re doing fazoli’s. Everyone in my family loves it, but we don’t get it often as it’s quite a drive. Luckily, there’s one in the town where our venue is!
Post # 6
I’ve done nothing but research caterers for the past month! lol. I know how you feel about the prices being crazy high! I found out however that anything with a “wedding” in front of it automatically jacks up the price. Granted in most “wedding” menus they provide the linens, services, clean up, etc. But through crazy research I realized that for a lot of caterers in my area, their “normal” menu is cheaper and some provide the linens, plates/utenlis, etc but they’re not the “hard plastic” or “china” that they would use for the “wedding” menu.
So what I’m doing is that (I still need to research how much it would cost) I’m either going to probably be skirting/lining the tables myself and going with a “normal” buffet menu from a caterer and possibly paying a little extra for a staffing fee. OR I’m going to just go with a “normal” buffet menu and paying extra for staffing/linens depending on which cater I choose.
Granted, we’re going to have about 150 people at our wedding so it’s still going to be a bit high, but I’m not the kind of bride that needs the “fine china” at the bridal table or anything like that. lol.