Post # 1
Just looking for some other ideas for our wedding, other then having to hire a caterer. I can’t get over the prices and would love other options that don’t require a caterer.
Please share something you may have experienced and whether or not you like it. (Ex. Pot Lock, Just a spread of sorts, etc) Thank you!!
Post # 3
I would focus on making things that can be made the day before and just put in the oven…casserole, lasagna, etc. These things can be served with salad and garlic bread and be given family style…I bet it would taste great, too!
Post # 4
Our wedding is at 7:00pm which takes away the need for a formal sit down dinner. So, instead, we’re doing something like this before hand (on with cold cuts and things that can be prepared in advance).
Post # 5
Instead of throwing catering out the window entirely why not look for different caterers. I am talking about a local restaurant or even a local community group (in particular an ethnic group). We have community groups here (indian and asian) that can cater events and have used them numerous times for work events. And it is way cheaper than using catering companies.
Just an option to consider.
Post # 6
What time is your wedding?
Post # 7
Sometimes having your favorite restaurant cater can be much, much cheaper than hiring a catering company. I find this is particularly true with “ethnic” cuisine like Indian, Mexican, Thai, etc.
Post # 8
@j_jaye: Oops, should have read your comment before I posted!
Post # 9
My mom and I prepared all the food for my reception. We had a taco bar with beef, carnitas and beans. I made a few different homemade salsas and we had all the fixings including queso (class, yes, but people LOVED it), layered dip and we had a soft serve ice cream bar. All of the foods were prepared the day before and we just reheated it that morning…you could even cook the meat in advance and freeze it if you don’t have time around the day of.
Post # 10
If your reception venue allows outside catering you can order food in trays from local restaurants or caterers that charge significantly lower prices. we orderd food from a private caterer who is also a friend. She delivered the food in trays and we served it up on a buffet. It cost us slightly over $1000 for enough food to fee 175 guest plus lots of left overs.
Post # 11
I think we are lucky – we are paying about $15 pp for catering, for afternoon appetizers.
I like the ideas of ethnic food – I really wanted a stations buffet of all different cuisines, but I was vetoed.
Post # 12
I think our food is going to run about $10 per person–we’re having our favorite taco place cater for us–they’ll make the stuff for queso and tacos etc and we’ll pick it up the day of and hire 2-3 servers to deal with it–servers usually run about $100 for a shift plus tip. I have access to warming trays so that’s not an expense I will have to deal with but they are not expensive.
I think $1500 to feed and serve 150 people is pretty dang good.
Post # 13
@zomgwut: That’s a great price! I hate living in an expensive region. 🙁
Post # 14
Technically, you don’t have many options.
1. You cook the food.
2. You have a potluck.
3. You get catered food.
Now, within those 3 options, the possibilities are endless. With cooked food, you really have the power to make it as cheap as you want, but then there’s the actual cooking and transportation of this food.
WIth a potluck (probably your best option), you just have to tell people what you want (or what food group dish they should prepare) and they transport it on their own.
Catered food isn’t cheap, but it’s the price you pay for convenience. Like others have suggested, try looking at restaurants, as opposed to catering companies. I’m having my “reception” at a restaurant, so that’s tWO things I don’t have to worry about (food, venue). Three things if you count decorations. I thought you may have picked a venue out already, but I see you’re getting married in just under 3 years O_O, so this may still be an awesome choice for you!