(Closed) Anyone cater their own wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We’re doing it!  It’s not until July but we’re having an informal menu:

Pulled Pork

Chicken Salad

Potato Salad

Pasta Salad

Green Beans

Fruit/Veggie/Cracker & Cheese Trays

 

There are a couple other things, I just can’t remember them offhand.  Our guestlist is at 175, but we only expect about 150.  Cost is going to be around $450 for all of it, but we’ve been shopping for this stuff for almost 6 months and storing in….plus, we’ve gotten some amazing deals 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are! We are having an afternoon wedding, with the reception at 3ish.  We are serving roast beef, turkey and ham, hard rolls, condiments, salads (potato, pasta, tossed) Swedish meatballs, corn chowder, potato soup and tomato bisque.  We are cooking it ourselves, freezinf it and hiring a server to set it up the day of.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jennajoycee:  We actually have a friend who has a huge pork smoker (he does whole hogs).  He found us a good deal on pork shoulders ($.80/lb) and is cooking them for us for $10/hr (well, “as long as I get to come to the wedding too!” lol).

We aren’t hiring help perse, but we do have some close family friends that are doing it as their wedding gift to us 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

yes, we did. 

I have a pretty rare allergy and every caterer we talked to seem to think I did not need to eat at the wedding. SO my mom, grandmas and I made everything before hand.

We had spaghetti and fettuccini, plus gluten free options as well. We also had salad and bread and we made all of the cakes and cookies.

We rented the school/ church kitchen for $50.

On Thursday (Sunday wedding) we meet at the church and cooked all day. We were allowed to store the food at the church. My aunt then reheated it there and brought it to the venue which had warming drawers.

I do not remember cost but it wasn’t much. My mom and I looked for sales and caught a killer 10 for 10 sale on the big boxes of pasta and sauce. In the end we saved a ton of money and because as my aunt said this is what we all did for our weddings (30 yrs) ago why wouldn’t we do it for yours so It was not a big deal at all

We have these warming trays and the food was placed on that (buffet style) then when a pan was empty someone got a new one I am not sure who but it worked.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are!

  • Pulled pork
  • Baked beans
  • Potato chips
  • Salads
  • Rhubarb cobbler and cherry crisp for dessert

I don’t know exact costs because some of it we’re buying, some of it is being made for us as a gift. We cooked the pork in large roasters, pulled it, and froze it so it just has to be heated on the wedding day. The salads and desserts we will make the day before. We are hiring people to prepare and serve the food the day of.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My Fi’s mom and aunts are doing the food. We are doing heavy appetizers and I’m worried about not having enough food. Not sure what they are fixing yet, but I’ve convinced my mom to do mini red twice baked potatoes and I’m making spinach dip and will have fancy bread for it. I’m gona try to find some more do a few days before things so I can help out.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s not crazy just depends on how comfortable you are cooking and cooking for that many.  Fiance and I both worked in catering before so we are comfortable doing it.  We are making dishes in small batches ahead of time and freezing them so that we don’t have to go out and get bigger pots and pans.  We both cook often, so the amount of work going into doesn’t bother us.  If the kitchen isn’t normally your thing I probably wouldn’t try it, but as long as you feel confident about it I don’t see why you shouldn’t do it.  Your mom just may not be as excited about cooking as you, and it would seem like a way bigger task to her.

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