(Closed) DIY cake and food – anybody done it?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

A family friend of mine did our cake. So that was DIY. It went down really well and it ended up being just enough to serve – but I was nervous that it wasn’t enough at one point! I’d definitely research cake tin sizes and things to make sure that you don’t run out!

Post # 4
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

A friend and I just did the food for someones wedding that they DIYed. We were there the day of to heat, plate and put out food.

For drinks they filled up a small wooden boat with ice and put beer and other beveages in it I thought it was very cute!

The Food


  • Chicken Wings- her brother cooked and traveled (pretty sure they were cold)
  • Chips and dip ( 2 kinds cute bowls)
  • Fruit Platter (came out good)

I want to say there were a few more things but cant remember!


  • Shrimp Salad rolls
  • Potatoe salad
  • coleslaw
  • Ham
  • briscit (sp)
  • Salad Bar with about 15 topings ( like real salad bar style!)

Her parents cooked most of the food a few days before and all morning. I was there for 6 hours preping and mixing salads and putting stuff into serving dishes. We were so busy runnng around and preping I didnt even get a chance to go pee!

It is VERY expensive ( renting everyrthing) and takes a LOT of work- I had never been so tired in my life! I also have worked in food service for 10 years.

I would suggest looking into a place you like to eat (or a few places if there is stuff you like from many places) And seeing if they cater.

Sorry for the long post!


Post # 5
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Seems like it might be difficult in your situation if she’s going to have to cook 3 hours away. I think she could definitely do the cake and maybe some things that would travel well but I’d get the main dishes from someplace local (otherwise she’d have to find a way to keep it cold or hot for 3 hours).

Post # 6
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my family did my food and my aunt did my cake. we brought everything over the morning of and had someone my mom knew make sure everything stayed stocked, serve the beer and pass out the cake. it turned out surprisingly well. she was getting married just a few weeks after me so she was more then happy to help out, and also understood the importance of the flow.

Post # 7
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re diy-ing our reception for 250-300 people. Since the wedding and reception is at my grandparents’ house, we have use of their kitchen which makes things a little easier.

My cousin’s husband is doing the bbq and my cousin is doing the cupcakes. A friend from church is probably doing the groom’s cake. My mom and I are preparing the rest of the food the week before the wedding.

To keep the food warm the day of the wedding, we are renting chaffing dishes. Some people from church have offered to set food out for us, and the reception will be buffet style.

For the drinks, we are having canned drinks and bottled water in galvanized tubs full of ice. We are having sweet tea and lemonaid in a dispenser like you linked too.

I’m at a loss about other logistics. (Especially the transportation issue – 300 cupcakes coming from 30 minutes away over unpaved roads – eek!) Anyway, Ihope this helps and good luck!

Post # 8
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Im a very experience baker and have made wedding cakes for lots of friends and family, and I can tell you that just the wedding cake alone will be a huge undertaking.

What kind of wedding cake are you expecting your mom to make? Are you looking for a professional looking cake with all the bells and whisltes? If so, the time and expense it will take your mom to learn how to do that type of cake isn’t worth it.

However, if you are going for a really simple buttecream cake, its still going to be a logsitical nightmare to have your mom bake and drive three hours. Buttercream melts really quickly, epsically in summertime heat. Most likely, to undertake this type of catering, you guys are going to have to rent a local commerial kitchen.

Also, where are you having your recption? is it a backyard type deal or are you having it a third-party? If the latter, most third-party venues wont allow anyone to make food for a large number of people without a food manager’s license. Its a public health issue since they wont want to be responsible for people getting salmonella.

Phew! Good luck and I’d start doing a good bit of researching now! ;o)

Post # 10
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d be worried about the transportation issue, definitely.  DIY cake and food are definitely feasible, but make sure your mom knows what she’s getting into!  It won’t just be like throwing together a dinner party, especially since you’re having 100 guests.  There was a great two-part feature on A Practical Wedding on self-catering; they talked about all these issues to think about that they wouldn’t have thought about before.  Very interesting!



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