(Closed) DIY wedding buffet…how does this menu sound?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
866 posts
Busy bee

I think that sounds really good. I am also diy’ing a buffet (with the help of a numer of aunts and lady friends), it is the thing I am the most nervous about and has the most details to figure out. Mine is outdoors and heating is an issue.

Post # 4
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Definitely sounds like enough food.

I would serve the dressing separately and perhaps have another choice of dressing for those with nut allergies. Wine carafes make great containers for salad dressing for buffets.People can pour the dressing with one hand.

Consider serving the sausage on the side to give more choice to any vegetarians.

Post # 5
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Individually, the food sounds good, but I think it sounds weird all mixed together…

Some thoughts:

  • Why would you have basmati (Indian) rice with New Orleans’s style red beans and sausage?

  • Why would you choose baked (I’m guessing you mean roasted) potatoes with a version of potato salad?
  • I might go with a regular garden green salad and maybe a Caesar, and I agree that putting dressing on the side is best (plus the lettuce gets wilted VERY quickly—especially in a buffet situation

  • Both of your veggies have sauces. That might be off-putting to some—maybe do one plain mixed veg?


Hope this helps!

Post # 7
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the plain veggies. Just do grilled veggies or something without dairy in case someone is intolerant.

Post # 9
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My only two cents are to be cautious about how dried out the chicken may get.  If it is being cooked in advance and reheated it might get dried out– maybe you should do a test run.

Also, there doesn’t seem to be too much of a ‘theme’.  Perhaps these are all family recipes/foods, but the foods are a bit mismatched.  I’m going with a BBQ theme which makes sides like: cornbread, green beans, and mac n cheese, go well together (and they’re cheap!)

Post # 10
2286 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

The menu seems really, really random. You also have a LOT of starches here. Red beans and rice with rice and potato salad? Nothing really fits here. I think you’d be better off having one restaurant do all of the catering.

Post # 12
8096 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think it sounds delicious. You don’t need a theme.

Post # 13
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

You’re making your own buffet for 100 people! That is WAY too much work! I think that the menu is great, but maybe you could think about hiring a couple of college kids to cook/serve/clean up? You and your bridal party are going to be WAY too busy to cook, and I would feel so guilty making my friends/family cook/serve/clean up all that food!

I would put up an add on Craigslist and offer like $50 per kid for the day of work. That way everyone can have a great time at your wedding!

Post # 14
24 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

Sounds good.

Post # 15
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

are we allowed to suggest recipes?

Post # 16
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@ImLadyM:  When you say red beans do you mean kidney beans? 

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