Post # 1
My fiance and I’s favorite restaurant will be catering our reception with a buffet. (we are just picking up the food, no servers will be there)
We are using my mothers china for plates, but dont know what to do about cups and silverware. I was thinking getting some dollar store silverware, so its at least metal, and donating it afterwords, and maybe using mason jars for cups.
My question is…
should we hire someone to do the dishes, or to at least pick up the plates after dinner? I was thinking about maybe some of my younger cousins friends.
I guess the catering company usually does the clean up so, how to do it without catering people?
I know some of you Bees have to have done this before! Please help!
Post # 3
A friend of mine hired high school students to “serve” from a culinary class. She asked the teacher for recommendations and the teacher gave out her name and the job to students she felt would work. For $12 each per hour (plus food) they helped serve food, cleaned up tables, did dishes and, at the end of the night, helped to clean up the venue. It ended up costing her about $80 per person to have them there from 5pm until midnight. She ended up still saving lots of money considering that to have the catering company do it would have been xxxx more in food costs and serving fees (plus gratuities).
Post # 4
A friend of mine did this, hired some teenage family friends to clean up, though not to serve. Worked out great! I think your idea about cousins’ friends is probably good, just make sure they’re really reliable people and/or you have someone to kind of coordinate them.
Post # 5
yea..I guess I dont want to get stuck doing all those dishes at my own wedding.. 🙂
Post # 6
@Miss Sardine: This is why I am happy we decided to use the plastic that looks like china. We can wash it or we can toss it. Our venue has a huge kitchen with dishwasher and several have offered to assist with clean up already. If they want to wash, then we can reuse the items in our camp box. If not, it can be tossed.
Our wedding is at 3:25pm on a Sunday. Fiance and I are planning on leaving about 8pm go to the hotel and change, then come back to help clean up. We have to be OUT by 11pm totally cleaned and will get our deposit back the next morning.
Post # 7
I was thinking of those nice plastic plates and silver ware that look and feel just like metal, but I LOVE my moms china so much and am addicted to the mismatched china look 🙂
Post # 8
we are thinking of asking restaunt owner ( A friend of ours) to give us servers for the night. we plan to pay $100 for the night flat. To bus tables and such.
Post # 9
Our day of coordinator will be “hiring” a couple people to help bus the tables but everything else will be family helping out. But we are renting plates so we don’t have to worry about that. We bought our own silverware but that will just be put in a bus tub and brought back home by a friend.
Post # 10
I’ve worked in restaurants for years, and if you’re picking up food to serve at an event elsewhere, you can totally ask the restaurant manager (if they employ servers) to recommend some servers you can pay to bus, clean up, etc. You pay them a flat rate to work the event and then you don’t have to worry about it.
Oops, PP beat me to it! And yes $100 is about right, that’s usually what you hope to make in tips on a good night at work.