(Closed) DIY Menu

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
1246 posts
Bumble bee

If you are going to DIY I would suggest casserole dishes. However,  I don’t know if it’ll be worth the stress.

Post # 3
7898 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You could set out fixings for sandwiches or tacos, and then the guests can assemble their own food. 

Post # 4
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

how many people will you be feeding? BBQ is great for outdoors. Most of the sides can be made ahead of time, like corn on the cob, coleslaw, potato and pasta salads, sliced watermelon, ect. The meat is the tricky part. Depending on your resources for cooking… Chicken can roast in the oven for an hour during the ceremony, I made ribs in a crockpot and they turned out fall off the bone tender, I’m sure there are many options. Maybe have a grill for burgers, hotdogs and chicken skewers?

Post # 5
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I agree with PP on BBQ.

However, are you a regular cook, or would this be a new endeavor for you? How many people would be in attendance? Would you be able to handle the stress of it? Personally, I’d love to self-cater, but oh, my God, it would be a nightmare and a half and I’d probably have about fifteen mental breakdowns.

Are you close to a big city that would have food trucks available? That might be cheaper than full service catering.

Post # 6
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

kendrawar:  I think there are a lot of things to consider when thinking about DIYing it. 

Here, in SC, with my family, a BIG OLE’ BBQ would please everyone! However, I am not sure that would please everyone, everywhere. 

So, few questions. Where are you? Are your family and firends comfortable with something like this? Are you aiming for a fancier feel? What time of day is the wedding?

ETA: just saw that you are getting married in SC, I assume “Pretty Place” since it says The Pretty Chapel, so I am sure a BBQ would work for you. As you probably know, BBQ can be very easy in this type of scenario because you can cook it ahead of time, freeze it and throw it in the oven/crock pot to heat back up. 

Post # 7
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

A friend of mine had a small-medium sized wedding last year and they did an “artisan sandwich” thing where you built your own – they had super nice breads, meats, and cheeses. It looked professional but it was all DIY!

Post # 8
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We looked into both options- I second the BBQ. Theres so much that goes into catering your own event and you are the bride, not necessarily the hostess (if that makes sense) you should focus on enjoying your day! Dont underestimate a local vendor- we had ours catered by a small restaurant and it was easily $5000 less than every company quote we received. Plus the food was amazing and the service was incredible


Post # 9
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think BBQ is a great option.  We are having that for my rehearsal dinner.

Lasagna is another option.  My aunt made lasagnas for my cousin’s rehearsal dinner.  She actually made them ahead of time in the big throw-away foil pans and then froze them.  Served with garlic bread and maybe a salad.  I will say that when it was all said and done she thought it was a lot of work and didn’t really save that much money.

Post # 10
81 posts
Worker bee

Questions.  Who is going to be in charge shopping and cooking (a lot of prep goes into catering a large meal)?  Who is going to be in charge of delivering and setting up the food?  Checking on the food? Keeping the food fresh and hot? Replenishing dishes?  Clearing dirty dishes from the tables?  Clean up afterwards?  Washing pans, plates, silverware? 


My point is that there is a lot to think about.  We are doing a casual, smallish (60 guests) wedding and when I think about all of the details, it seems way too overwhelming.  Even though we’re on a budget, I think the money is well spent to have professionals do the cooking and to have staff there to do the work to make sure it is seamless.  My FI’s family volunteered to do all of the cooking and work, but I told them I wanted everybody to enjoy being a guest at our wedding, and I didn’t want people to miss out on the fun by having to “work” on the food, etc.  Our catering captain will even make sure to check the restrooms to make sure they stay clean, there is plenty of toilet paper, etc.  I wouldn’t have even thought of that, but that’s an important detail!  We are doing a BBQ and have hired a mobile smoker/grill/BBQ.

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