Post # 1
There is nearly 1 year ’til our wedding and my fiance and I have already booked our caterer. Our venue allows anyone to cater or prepare your own food, BUT everything must be ‘green’; nothing can be throw away. Our caterer is a great option as you pay little for lots of food on the buffet. We are now looking into other options and thinking about doing an evening ceremony (7pm) and just doing h’orderves and desserts. We would do this to save more money, everything adds up sooo fast!!
Any suggestions for easy elegant desserts and h’orderves that can be done by friends and family?
If we chose this DIY option, who do we ask to maintain the food?
Post # 3
Check with a local culinary program? Students will work cheap and have the food prep knowledge.
If you want to go with the buffet, can you check with your caterer to see if they have relationships with local soup kitchens? I really don’t know if this is a viable option, but it might be worth looking into. Or set out chinese-style take out containers and guests can take something home.
Post # 4
I’m not sure if 7pm would be too early. Since you are not providing dinner, you want to be sure that your guests had a light dinner beforehand so that they are not hungry and disappointed.
If your caterer if a great option why have DIY h’orderves and desserts? Why not go for a buffet then and have friends/family cook? Personally I find h’ordervers and desserts difficult.
Post # 5
I’m thinking that if we have a 7pm ceremony, the reception won’t start until around 8pm. I feel that clearly indicates no dinner served. When the invitations go out they would state “desserts” or “h’orderves”. Although, some may still show hoping for a dinner. I still have to check with my church to make sure of an okay ceremony time.
The caterer is a great option for a whole meal, but does not have other smaller options. We cannot find another caterer in our price range to provide h’orderves and/or desserts in our price range, or for a lesser price than the meal.
Part of the reason we are looking into different options is the dinnerware rental fee, which I find to be outrageous for the whole dinnerware set. We could avoid the majority of the fee by doing just H’orderves and/or desserts.
I do forsee a bit more of a hassle in making desserts and h’orderves but worth in when we can save a huge portion of our budget.
Post # 6
I think this depends on where your guests are from–I live in NYC, and 8 pm is prime dinner time here. I think East Coasters would assume a dinner if you started at 7.
Why not do bamboo or disposable plates for the chinaware?
Post # 7
I’m jealous! I wanted an appetizers/desserts/cocktails type of reception too, but it didn’t work out that way:(
How about offering a dessert bar? 🙂
Post # 8
What do they mean by “green”? Do they mean you can’t use plastic plates or you can’t toss leftover food?
I’m confused how doing only apps would save you rental money. Would you do passed appetizers with napkins only? If not, you still have to get plates and glasses. So really you’d just be saving on the silverware, right? Unless you’re thinking of not doing tables too.
@ Olive25- I looked into doing ‘Bambu’ or ‘Verterrra’ brand plates for our wedding because I thought they looked pretty. Unfortunately, those plates are no cheaper than renting actual china and I’ve heard they’re really thin. Also, one of the websites recommended 3 plates per person for cocktail receptions of 4 hours. !!
Post # 9
Where I’m from I would expect dinner. If I have to be at your ceremony by 7 that means I’m leaving around 6:15. I have to get ready before that which means no dinner or eating with the blue hairs.