(Closed) do I have to hire catering help?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

your caterer can’t add any hors d’ouevres? i’ve never heard of someone getting 2 caterers. if you plan on passing things, you definitely need help — who is going to pass them around? it sounds like you’re planning on easy to prepare foods, so you could do it yourself and trust someone (a family member maybe?) to do all of the setup, but i would just ask your caterer.

Post # 4
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

i think mrs. sand dollar might have done something like this–perhaps her posts will have some tips?

i think having a separate catering staff (not that many, just someone to oversee and a few people to execute) would be a great idea.  my sister and husband have hosted holiday parties for about 100 people.  they provided all the food, but hired some catering staff to execute, and let me tell you it was a lifesaver and *so nice* not to worry about certain things.

but if you’re having less people and/or have a good number of family/friends who you trust to to carry it out, i’m sure you can pull it off!

Post # 6
197 posts
Blushing bee

Yes, you should hire some people to prepare and serve it (or set up the displays if it’s stationary).

A DOC can help to arrange a stationary food station but they are not responsible for prepping or serving any food.

Post # 7
441 posts
Helper bee

@missmature: Hi from a fellow Chapel Hill Bee! I just got married on Saturday, and we did things the opposite way you’re doing them. We had a caterer bring appetizers (shrimp cocktail, seasonal fruit, cheese and crackers) because we were unable to get our deposit back from him when we decided to self-cater. My mom did the majority of cooking (for about 100 people!), and my grandmother helped. We hired 3 students from VA Tech’s hotel and hospitality program to heat, set up, monitor, and clean up the food. We also had a DOC to make sure everything went like clockwork. Despite my nervousness about it all, it went really well, and the food was terrific.

Since you only want to do appetizers yourself, I recommend sticking with easy things that you can make ahead of time (like what we had for our apps – your chips and dip station sounds yummy!). I would stay away from passed hors d’ouevres or anything too complicated, especially since you’re having a BBQ buffet. Then see if some of the servers who are helping with your dinner will be willing to set the apps out for you during the cocktail hour, or ask a friend to help out.

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